MTV will continue its original movie initiative with the June 16 premiere of The Truth Below.
The two-hour thriller stars Gilian Zinser (90210), Reid Ewing (Modern Family), Nick Thurston (Surviving Ophelia) and Ricky Mabe (Zack and Miri Make a Porno) as college friends who learn more than they bargained for about each other after getting trapped under an avalanche returning home from a snowboarding vacation.
"We were immediately drawn to the script for The Truth Below which explores the complex and challenging themes of friendship, sex, death and betrayal through the perspective of characters the same age as the MTV audience," said Chris Linn executive vice president of programming & head of production in a statement. "The Truth Below is an opportunity to expand our original movie brand beyond horror and comedy and work with an incredibly talented group of young actors. The twists and turns in the plot combined with exceptionally strong performances make this movie a true thriller."
The Truth Below marks the sixth original movie from MTV since the network launched its new movie initiative in 2009. The previous films include the horror-themed My Super Psycho Sweet 16 and sequel My Super Psycho Sweet 16Part 2; the dance-tinged Turn The Beat Around, and comedy-based Made The Movie and Worst Prom Ever!
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