"Fear Itself" is a provocative, new 13-episode suspense and horror anthology series set to push the boundaries of this classic genre through a host of provocative talent, both in front of and behind the camera, including award-winning, sought-after directors John Landis ("An American Werewolf in London"), Darren Bousman ("Saw II, III and IV") and Ronny Yu ("Bride of Chucky"); actors Brandon Routh ("Superman Returns"), Shiri Appleby ("Charlie Wilson's War"), Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"), Cynthia Watros ("Lost"), Eric Roberts (NBC's "Heroes") and John Billingsley ("Star Trek: Enterprise"); and writers, including Joe Gangemi ("Wind Chill," the novel "Inamorata"), Steve Niles ("30 Days of Night") and Dan Knauf ("Carnivāle," "Supernatural").
The series is produced by Lionsgate in association with IE Indy TV, and was created by Mick Garris. Emmy Award winner Andrew Deane ("Masters of Horror") is executive producer. Peter Block is co-executive producer; Grant Rosenberg is supervising producer; and Adam Goldworm, Ben Browning and Jonathan Hackett are producers.
"Sacrifice" has a screenplay written by Mick Garris ("Riding the Bullet," "Amazing Stories") from a story by Del Howison ("Dark Delicacies"). Breck Eisner ("Creature from the Black Lagoon") directs. When four criminals find themselves stranded in an old, snow-covered fort, they slowly discover both the fort and the seductive trio of sirens who reside there are filled with deadly secrets. Jeffrey Pierce ("The Nine"), Jesse Plemons (NBC's "Friday Night Lights"), Stephen Martines ("Port Charles"), Rachel Miner ("Californication") and Mircea Monroe ("Drive") star.
"Spooked" is directed by Brad Anderson ("The Machinist") and written by Matt Venne ("White Noise 2: The Light"). While on a stake out in a haunted house, a private eye (Eric Roberts, NBC's "Heroes") is made to confront the demons of his past. Jack Noseworthy ("Judging Amy"), Cynthia Watros ("Lost") and Larry Gilliard Jr. ("The Wire") also star.
"Family Man" is directed by Ronny Yu ("Freddy vs. Jason," "Bride of Chucky") and written by Dan Knauf ("Carnivāle," "Supernatural"). This action-charged, psychological thriller focuses on a likeable family man (Colin Ferguson, "Eureka") who switches bodies with a serial killer (Clifton Collins Jr., "Star Trek") after a near-death experience. Now, he must fight from behind bars to keep the murderer from adding his wife (Josie Davis, "Ghost Whisperer"), son (Gig Morton, "Psych"), and daughter (Nicole Leduc, "Kyle XY") to his long list of victims.
"In Sickness and in Health" is directed by John Landis ("An American Werewolf in London") and written by Victor Salva ("Jeepers Creepers"). On her wedding day, a beautiful bride (Maggie Lawson, "Psych") receives a mysterious note that reads: "The person you are marrying is a serial killer." James Roday ("Psych") stars as the groom. Christie Laing ("The 4400"), Sonja Bennett ("Eureka") and Marshall Bell ("Hamlet 2," "Tales from the Crypt") also star.
"Something With Bite," directed by Ernest Dickerson (NBC's "Heroes"), is a reinvention of the classic werewolf story from writer Max Landis ("Masters of Horror"), the son of John Landis ("An American Werewolf in London"). When a veterinarian (Wendell Pierce, "The Wire") gets bitten by a large, strange animal brought into his clinic, he begins to see the world and his stale life differently. Paula Jai Parker ("Side Order of Life," "The Proud Family") also stars.
"New Year's Day" is directed by Darren Bousman ("Saw II, III and IV"), story by Steve Niles ("30 Days of Night"), teleplay by Steve Niles and Ben Sokolowski, and based on the short story entitled "Dead Time" written by Paul Kane. A young woman (Briana Evigan, "Step Up 2: The Streets") wakes up in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by horrifying zombies.
"Eater" is written by Richard Chizmar & Johnathon Schaech and directed by Stuart Gordon ("Re-Animator," "Masters of Horror"). A rookie cop (Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men") must spend her first night in the precinct watching over a serial killer, coined "The Eater" (Stephen R. Hart, "Shoot Em Up"). When her fellow cops start acting bizarre, she quickly learns that no one is who they seem. Russell Hornsby ("Lincoln Heights"), Pablo Schreiber ("The Wire") and Stephen Lee ("Boston Legal") also star.
"Skin & Bones" is directed by Larry Fessenden ("The Last Winter," "Wendigo") and is written by Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan ("Masters of Horror"). When a cattle herder (Doug Jones, "Hellboy II: The Golden Army") returns home to his family after being lost in the woods for days, he just doesn't seem the same. Soon, a terrible mortal struggle ensues against the terrifying monster possessing him. Gordon Tootoosis ("Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee") also stars.
"The Spirit Box" is written by Joe Gangemi ("Wind Chill," the novel "Inamorata"), with a director to be announced. When two suburban high school girls try to contact a dead classmate via a board game, they receive an unexpected message from beyond the grave -- the dead girl, thought to be a teen suicide, was actually killed by a teacher with whom she'd been having an affair and now wants their help in avenging her murder.
"Chance" will be directed by John Dahl ("You Kill Me," "The Last Seduction") and is written by Lem Dobbs ("The Score"). In the vein of such classic doppelganger stories as "Jekyll & Hyde" and Poe's "William Wilson," the episode explores a dreadful, classic battle that ensues when a man is confronted by his evil self.
"Echoes" will be directed by Rupert Wainwright ("The Fog," "Stigmata") and is written by Sean Hood ("The Crow: Wicked Prayer," "Halloween: Resurrection"). Sam, an affable, good-natured young man, moves into an apartment where he believes he once lived -- 88 years ago in a past life. But as memories appear to him like ghosts, he realizes that in this previous life he was a sadistic murderer, and he must keep that past life from bleeding into his present one.
"The Circle" is also written by Richard Chizmar ("From a Buick 8") & Johnathon Schaech ("Masters of Horror," "That Thing You Do!"), based on the short story of the same title written by Lewis Shiner, with a director to be announced. A group of people meets every Halloween to tell horror stories and suddenly discovers they're living one.
Starring: Anthology series - different cast each episode. Includes Shiri Appleby, John Billingsley, Larry Gilliard Jr., Stephen R. Hart, Russell Hornsby, Stephen Lee, Elisabeth Moss, Jack Noseworthy, Eric Roberts, Brandon Routh, Pablo Schreiber, Cynthia Watros
Executive producers: Andrew Deane
Creator: Mick Garris
Co-executive producer: Peter Block
Supervising producer: Grant Rosenberg
Producers: Adam Goldworm, Ben Browning, Jonathan Hackett
Coordinating Producer: Diane Salzberg
Associate Producer: Randy Nelson
Directors: Brad Anderson, Darren Bousman, Ernest Dickerson, Breck Eisner, Stuart Gordon, Mary Harron, John Landis, Ronny Yu
Casting directors: Lindsey Kroeger, David Rapaport, Rhonda Fisekci
Unit Production Manager: Doug Steeden
Director of Photography: Alwyn J. Kumst, Attila Szalay, John Spooner
Film Editors: Marshall Harvey, Lynne Willingham, Randy Morgan
Composer: Bobby Johnston
SPFX Make Up: KNB EFX Group Inc.
VFX: Anthem Visual FX Inc.
Origination: Edmonton, Alberta province of Canada
Produced by: The series is produced by Lionsgate in association with IE Indy TV