Chiller Scares Up Original Films

Chiller will look to build on the ratings success of its first original special with the rollout of two original films and a new special in 2011, the network announced Tuesday.

Among the original film titles slated for 2011 is Steve Niles' Remains, which follows the two lone survivors of a bizarre accident that reduced most of the world's population to zombies, said network officials. The movie, written by John Doolan and directed by Colin Theys, is based on a graphic novel by Steven Niles (30 Days of Night).

Also, Brian Keene's Ghoul -- based on a horror novel of the same name -- follows a group of young friends who risk their lives to stop a rash of disappearances in their town.

Following up on the success of its December Chiller 13: The Decade's Scariest Movie Moments, the network will air later this year Chiller 13: Horror's Creepiest Kids which takes a look back at the 13 all-time creepiest kids in horror.

The network is hoping its new slate of original programming will continue its ratings growth. Since officially receiving Nielsen ratings in June 2010, Chiller's primetime ratings have grown double digits, up 47% in Adults 18-49 and 20% in Adults 25-54, said the network.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.