Katie McGrath just can’t seem to get away from scary things.
After making a small but memorable splash as Zara in this year’s breakout hit Jurassic World, she now seems to be taking another fearful turn, though this time it’s a case of straight horror.
McGrath has signed on to star in Chiller‘s new television series Slasher, which has a plot that’s about exactly as the title would indicate.
The future scream queen will play Sarah Bennett, a woman who “returns to the small town where she was born, only to find herself the centerpiece in a series of horrifying copycat murders based on the widely known, grisly killings of her parents,” the Chiller site reports.
The synopsis continues.
“As the murders escalate, long-buried secrets are revealed, making everyone around her a suspect… or a victim. Sarah finds herself questioning everything and everyone around her, including her husband Dylan (Brandon Jay McLaren, Graceland), her grandmother Brenda Merritt (Wendy Crewson, Revenge), family friend Cam Henry (Steve Byers, The Man in the High Castle) and the town’s police chief, Iain Vaughn (Dean McDermott, CSI).”
Katie McGrath previously tried long form horror with her turn in 2013’s Dracula series, in which she played the role of Lucy Westenra.
That previous effort was more of a horror-romance wherein Slasher will be straight horror. In the case of Dracula, it was canceled after only 10 episodes in spite of some pretty decent reviews.
IMDb currently shows it with a 7.4 out of 10 on more than 22,000 ratings. Unfortunately, and many horror fans are hoping this is where Slasher will differ, Dracula played a major network so the emphasis was on breakout ratings more than it was on giving the show time to develop creatively.
When it failed to produce, a second season was quickly forgotten.
Since Slasher is being done at Chiller, there is a much better chance that the series will be allowed to breathe.
With experiments like these two shows as well as Salem, American Horror Story, Bates Motel, The Walking Dead, and the upcoming Scream Queens, horror finally seems to be finding its footing on the small screen.
The CW is also reportedly pursuing a Jason Voorhees-focused small screen version of Friday the 13th and MTV has found success with a reboot of Scream in the episodic format in spite of mixed reviews.
Will you be checking out Slasher when it drops sometime in 2016?
[Image of Katie McGrath via Wikipedia Commons]