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Katie McGrath (Merlin), Brandon Jay McLaren (Graceland), Wendy Crewson (Revenge), Steve Byers, (The Man In The High Castle) and Dean McDermott (CSI) have been cast in Chiller’s first original series Slasher, TVWise has learned. Production on the series is now underway in Sudbury, Parry Sound and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario for a 2016 premiere.
Slasher is an anthology series in a similar vein to American Horror Story with each season focussing on a new “self contained” story. The show’s debut run will follow the plight of Sarah Bennett, a young woman who returns to the small town where she was born, only to find herself the centerpiece in a series of horrifying copycat murders based on the widely known, grisly killings of her parents. As the murders escalate, long-buried secrets are revealed, making everyone around her a suspect or a victim. Sarah finds herself questioning everything and everyone around her
Katie McGrath has been cast as Sarah Bennett; Brandon Jay McLaren as Dylan, Sarah’s husband; Wendy Crewson as Sarah’s Grandmother; Steve Byers as family friend Cam Henry; and Dean McDermott as the town’s police chief Iain Vaughn. Mary Walsh, Enuka Okuma, Erin Karpluk, Patrick Garrow, Christopher Jacot, Mayko Nguyen, Rob Stewart, Hannah Endicott-Douglas, Shawn Ahmed, Jessica Sipos, Jefferson Brown, Mark Ghanimé, Dylan Taylor, Booth Savage, Victoria Snow, Sabrina Grdevich and Rainbow Sun Francks also star.
“With Slasher, I wanted to tell a modern-day monster story – but instead of a mythological creature, the “monster” in our series is all too human,” said series creator Aaron Martin. “The series is a fusion of some of my favorite thriller genres – the classic slasher film, the contemporary murder mystery and the timeless works of my favorite crime writer, Agatha Christie.”
Eight episodes have been ordered for the show’s first season, which Chiller developed alongside Shaftesbury Films and Canadian network Super Channel, who will air Slasher north of the border. Aaron Martin created the series and is penning the scripts. Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie are the executive producers, while Craig David Wallace is attached to direct.