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Chiller -- Corporate exec Miles Creighton dies, and is cryogenically frozen in the hopes that he can be revived. 10 years later, the procedure is a success, and Miles returns--without his soul.


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The nerve-tingling story of a man brought back to life...without his soul!
Corporate exec Miles Creighton dies, and is cryogenically frozen in the hopes that he can be revived. 10 years later, the procedure is a success, and Miles returns--without his soul. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Beck ... Miles Creighton

Beatrice Straight ... Marion Creighton

Laura Johnson ... Leigh Kenyon

Dick O'Neill ... Clarence Beeson

Alan Fudge ... Dr. Stricklin

Craig Richard Nelson ... Dr. Collier

Paul Sorvino ... Reverend Penny

Jill Schoelen ... Stacey

Anne Seymour ... Mrs. Bunch
Russ Marin ... Dr. Sample

Jerry Lacy ... Jerry Burley
Edward Blackoff ... 2nd Technician
Kenneth White ... Technician #1

Ned Wertimer ... Mr. Hanna
Wendy Goldman ... Secretary
Joseph Whipp ... Detective

Brian Libby ... Orderly

Karen Huie ... Nurse #1
Melanie F. Williams ... Nurse #2
Perla Walter ... Night Nurse

Starletta DuPois ... Nurse
Mimi Craven ... Nurse Cooper (as Mimi Meyer-Craven)

Bill Dearth ... Officer #1
Roger Hampton ... Officer #2
Clare Nono ... Newscaster
William Forward ... Anesthesiologist

Directed by
Wes Craven 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
J.D. Feigelson  written by

Produced by
J.D. Feigelson .... producer
Andy House .... associate producer (as Anderson G. House)
Richard Kobritz .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dana Kaproff 
Cinematography by
Frank Thackery (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Duane Hartzell 
Casting by
Karen Rea 
Art Direction by
Charles L. Hughes 
Set Decoration by
James Hassinger 
Makeup Department
Richard J. Landon .... special makeup effects
Shane Mahan .... special makeup effects
Connie Nichols .... hair stylist
Mark Reedall .... makeup artist
John Rosengrant .... special makeup effects
Stan Winston .... special makeup effects
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... special makeup effects
Production Management
Andy House .... unit production manager (as Anderson G. House)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ian Bryce .... second assistant director
Stephen Lofaro .... first assistant director
Scott Printz .... dga trainee
Art Department
Guy Bushman .... property master
Sound Department
Thomas Causey .... sound mixer
William Hooper .... sound editor
Don MacDougall .... sound re-recording mixer
John L. Mack .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Tyler .... sound re-recording mixer
Earl Watson .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Ken Pepiot .... special effects coordinator
Anthony Cecere .... stunt coordinator
Carl Ciarfalio .... stunt double: Paul Sorvino
Camera and Electrical Department
Jiggs Garcia .... camera operator
Joe Garcia .... gaffer (as Joseph E. Garcia)
Brian D. Smith .... key grip
Casting Department
Joanne Zaluski .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryl M. Athons .... costumer: men
Deborah Hopper .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
Barbara J. Boguski .... assistant film editor
Vivian Hengsteler .... negative cutter
Music Department
Ted Roberts .... music editor
Other crew
Sam Bernstein .... production auditor
Shirley Bonner .... assistant: Mr. Kobritz
Richard Davis Jr. .... location manager (as Richard Davis)
Larry K. Johnson .... script supervisor
Steve Keller .... production assistant
Eileen McGuire .... assistant auditor
Jacqueline Roberts .... production coordinator
James Thornsberry .... production executive

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Wes Craven's Chiller" - USA (video box title)
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104 min
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Did You Know?

Mimi Craven, Wes Craven's wife at the time cameos as Nurse Cooper.See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Not Exactly Wes' Finest Hour..., 5 March 2007
Author: MetalGeek from New Jersey, USA

"Wes Craven's Chiller" is the latest addition to my collection of "Dollar Store DVDs," and at this point I think I'm going to have to seek professional help for this addiction, because I don't know how many more of these sub-par films I can stand before my brain explodes...

Anyway, "Chiller" may have a famous name director, Wes Craven, in the driver's seat (the back of the DVD I bought makes sure to mention that this film is "from the director of Scream and Red Eye!") and an interesting enough premise but the execution suffers due to its made-for-TV origins. It seems that rich old Mrs. Creighton's heart was in the right place when her beloved son Miles fell ill with a terminal disease, and she had him cryogenically frozen at an experimental lab until a cure can be found. Ten years later, Miles' tube malfunctions and he's thawed out a little early; fortunately, medical science has progressed enough that he is successfully revived. UN-fortunately for the rest of the characters, he's a little, um..."different" after his resurrection, though nobody can convince Mama of this for nearly three-quarters of the film's length. The family dog hates him (so it suddenly disappears), his teenage cousin is scared of the way he leers at her while she's swimming in the pool, and when he takes over the family corporation his underlings are shocked at his cut-throat business practices (the scene in which he forces the kindly old senior partner into a fatal heart attack in a stairwell would probably make Gordon Gecko of "Wall Street" proud). Eventually the family's priest (Paul Sorvino, in a mostly thankless role) realizes that while Miles spent a decade between life and death, he lost his soul (cue creepy music) and it's up to Mama to do something about it before more lives are lost. Though "Chiller" is only about 75 minutes long, it feels a LOT longer than that. The few bright spots for me were seeing a young Jill Schoelen (the young scream queen later seen in "The Stepfather," "Popcorn" and Robert Englund's take on "Phantom of the Opera" before she disappeared off the face of the Earth) and the final battle in the walk-in freezer between Miles and Mama Creighton. It should be noted that the DVD I watched (released on the Digiview label as a double feature with a 50s version of Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart") is absolutely god-awful... the picture is grainy and dark, the sound alternates between overly loud or inaudible, and the cheesy synthesized music, which probably sounded creepy in 1985, comes across as dated and annoying now. I was also left with this nagging question... whose soggy, defrosted legs are those that we see at the beginning of the movie, shambling around amongst the cryo-tubes? It's never addressed!!For a buck, "Chiller" was an OK night's entertainment, but truthfully, unless you feel the need to see absolutely everything that Wes Craven has ever had his hands on, I'd say that you could live a long and happy life without bothering with this one. You got it, "Chiller" should've been left in deep freeze where it belongs.

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