Exclusive creature reveal: Chiller’s “ANIMAL” attacks


Chiller Films, Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films and Synthetic Cinema have a vicious ANIMAL ready to pounce this summer, and we’ve got the exclusive first look at the creature created by HELLRAISER FX veteran Gary J. Tunnicliffe.

Directed by Brett Simmons from a script by Thommy Hutson (of such acclaimed documentaries as HIS NAME WAS JASON and NEVER SLEEP AGAIN) and Catherine Trillo, ANIMAL is set to hit theaters sometime in June, followed by its Chiller network premiere later this year. The cast stalked by Tunnicliffe’s beast includes Joey Lauren Adams, Eve, Elizabeth Gillies, Paul Iacono, Thorsten Kaye, Amaury Nolasco, Keke Palmer, Jeremy Sumpter and Parker Young. Here’s the synopsis: “When plans for a weekend vacation hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends find themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, tensions mount as long-buried secrets are revealed. As the body count rises, the group must put their differences aside and fight for survival.”

Hutson also produced with Chris Miller, Ember Truesdell and Kelly Smith; Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen were the executive producers, and just debuted another fright feature, HAPPY CAMP, on VOD. Look for more Fango coverage of ANIMAL in the near future.


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