Good Movies on Chiller

Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

Chiller Movies and TV Shows

If you’re a fan of horror movies, then you need to give the Chiller network a try. Located on American cable television, Chiller is owned by NBCUniversal and has been in operation since 2007. While their early programming featured lots of classic horror films and TV shows, they’ve since moved to more modern fare in an effort to draw in a larger viewing audience. There’s also a website that helps support their efforts, and it contains the latest in horror movie news and interviews (as well as a programming schedule).

Below, I’ve listed some of the good movies on Chiller. While they rotate films every month or so, this should still give you an idea of what they have to offer. You’ll notice that many of the films shown are on the obscure or low-budget side, but everyone has to start somewhere. If you’d like to see more big-name horror flicks, be sure to support Chiller in the months and years to come.

Frayed (2007) – Thirteen years before the start of the film, young Kurt Baker murdered his mother and was sentenced to time in a mental institution. Now he’s escaped, and everyone from a dedicated hospital guard to the local sheriff (who also happens to be Kurt’s father) are hot on his trail. And just to increase the tension–and the body count–Kurt’s younger sister happens to be camping in the nearby woods with a group of soon-to-be-dead friends. There’s also a major twist during the last act of the film, but I won’t spoil it for you.

Reeker (2007) – When a group of twenty-somethings head into the desert to find a rave, their quest for a good time is derailed by a foul-smelling creature that seems intent on killing them one at a time. Featuring a surreal ending and relatively strong performances for the genre, Reeker should deliver plenty of bang for your buck. Recognizable faces include Michael Ironside and Eric Mabius.

Phantasm 3: Lord of the Dead (1995) – Written, directed, and produced by Don Coscarelli, this continuation of the Phantasm franchise once again finds the duo of Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) and Reggie (Reggie Bannister) fighting against the otherworldly Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) and his legion of killer dwarves and floating metal spheres. The Tall Man is regarded as one of the most iconic horror movie killers, so fans of the genre are urged to give this series a try (although you should start at the beginning and work from there).

Jack Frost (1996) – Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald) is a serial killer on his way to be executed. But when the vehicle carrying him collides with a truck filled with genetic material, the madman soon finds himself being dissolved into the snow and reforming as a lethal snowman with a violent sense of humor. Now virtually immune to damage, he heads to find the lawman responsible for his incarceration. Expect plenty of people to get killed with flying icicles, and the debuting Shannon Elizabeth finds herself on the wrong end of a carrot rape scene. A Michael Keeton family film of the same name would be released a few years later, and you just know this caused some havoc at the local video store.

Phantasm 4: Oblivion (1998) – Featuring a number of clips from previous installments, this is the last film in the Phantasm series to date. Heroes Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) and Reggie (Reggie Bannister), and the film is once again written and directed by Don Coscarelli (although A. Michael Baldwin produces this time around). There are plenty of trips to Death Valley, as well as journeys into the past and other dimensions. And don’t worry…The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) once again returns to provide his trademark brand of gangly villainy.

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The Tommyknockers (1993) – This TV miniseries is based on the book of the same name by horror icon Stephen King. The plot centers around a fiction writer (Marg Helgenberger) and a poet (Jimmy Smits) who live in a rural Maine town. When they begin uncovering a strange object they find buried in the forest, the local townspeople are granted the strange ability to create amazing devices that range from teleportation to disintegration. While there are a number of differences from the source material, fans of King–and the novel–should still find plenty to like.

No Time to Fear (2009) – When their pal falls into a deep depression, a group of twenty-somethings take him into the woods on a camping trip. But there are more in these woods than squirrels and poison oak, and the friends soon come to realize that they’ve brought back something horrible, something that has taken on the appearance of one of their group. Can they discover the doppelganger’s identity before it murders them all?

The Echo (2008) – A remake of the Filipino horror film Sigaw, The Echo stars Jesse Bradford as a recently released ex-con who moves into his late mother’s New York apartment. But before you can say “ghost story,” our hero is seeing things that aren’t there, especially when it comes to his creepy neighbors in apartment 517. And when a dead body turns up, his criminal past has everyone looking at him as the prime suspect. Co-starring Kevin Durand and Pruitt Taylor Vince, The Echo was directed and co-written by Yam Laranas, the man who helmed the original.

Monkey Shines (1988) – Written and directed by George A. Romero, this tale of terror revolves around a quadriplegic athlete (Jason Beghe) who receives an experimental helper money to assist with day-to-day activities. But this particular monkey (known as “Ella”) has been injected with human brain tissue, and the results cause her to fly into a jealous–and murderous–rage. This all leads to a scene of a wheelchair-bound man taking on a monkey, and viewers will either find it terrifying or be rolling in the floor with laughter. While the film failed at the box office and sent Romero back down to the indie leagues, it did feature the feature debuts of Beghe, Stanley Tucci, Janine Turner, Stephen Root, and John Pankow.

Child’s Play 3 (1991) – Set eight years after the previous film in the franchise, Child’s Play 3 picks up with Chucky’s (voiced by Brad Dourif) resurrection and his efforts to track down a now 16-year-old Andy Barclay (Justin Whalin). It turns out that Andy has been placed in a military school, and he’s having trouble fitting in thanks to a bully and his troubled past. But things get even worse when everyone’s favorite killer doll turns up, and the climax features both a war games scenario and a trip to a local carnival’s haunted house. Due to poor box office revenue, this would be the last film for 13 years.

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For more good movies on Chiller, be sure to check out their website or take a peek at your cable guide. Fans of horror television should also be delighted, as the channel now offers programming ranging from The New Twilight Zone to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The next time you turn on your TV, give Channel 257 (DirecTV) or Channel 199 (Dish Network) a try.

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