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22 May 1985 (USA) See more »
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
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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
Joseph E. Garcia .... gaffer
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
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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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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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Poorly executed TV movie from Wes Craven, 18 March 2008
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

After his success with A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984, director Wes Craven for some reason decided that his next project would be this TV movie. I'm not a big fan of this director on the whole; early exploitation flick The Last House on the Left as well as his modern slasher Scream sit well with me, but the rest of his work is very hit and miss and I'd hesitate to call him the master that others have labelled him as. The main theme here is cryogenic freezing, although it's more a springboard for the plot rather than an important part of the movie. The main influence here is obviously the excellent 1974 zombie film Deathdream and we focus on Miles Creighton; a businessman cryogenically frozen for ten years before an accident that means he has to be thawed out immediately. Miles is a part of a project for people that are ill; they pay to be frozen in the hope that they will be revived in the future when their illnesses can cured. Miles is successfully revived and it's seen as a miracle...but the person that wakes up is not the person who was frozen, as Miles returns without a soul.

This film could actually have been quite decent judging by the idea behind it, but instead we're given a plot that doesn't really have a lot to it and it has to be said that Craven doesn't make the best out of the potential of the film. The 'soul' is the main focal point, but it would seem that not having a soul and simply having a murderous intent/no compassion are the same thing, which feels a bit unimaginative. The film was made for television so it's not particularly nasty and it's obvious that not a lot of money was spent on it as the whole production feels very cheap. Michael Beck never became a very popular actor and that isn't surprising judging by his performance here; while he is passable, he largely lacks charisma and is not formidable in the central role. The plot doesn't flow too badly but there's a real lack of suspense and/or tension and things slow down too much too often, which results in the film being rather boring on occasion. It all boils down to a predictable ending also. Overall, I have to admit that I was not impressed at all by this film and as far as Craven's filmography goes, Chiller would have to go down with Shocker, the Scream sequels and The Hills Have Eyes II as a miss.

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