By MICHAEL GINGOLD
There’s a time-travel twist to this entry in the teen-stalker stakes.
Blumhouse Television and Prime Video have announced their collaboration on TOTALLY KILLER, which rolls today in Vancouver with Nahnatchka Khan directing from a screenplay by Jen D’Angelo, based on an original script by David Matalon and Sasha Perl-Raver. Kiernan Shipka (pictured, from THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER and CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA), Olivia Holt, Julie Bowen, Randall Park, Lochlyn Munro, Charlie Gillespie, Stephi Chin-Salvo, Anna Diaz, Jeremy Monn-Djasgnar, Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson, Ella Choi, Kelcey Mawema, Liana Liberato (THE BEACH HOUSE), Nathaniel Appiah and Jonathan Potts star. The synopsis: “The film follows Jamie [Shipka], whose mom, Pam [Bowen], is terrorized by the resurgence of the Sweet Sixteen Killer–a masked maniac that slaughtered a group of teenage girls in the ’80s. With the help of her friend Amelia [Mawema], she travels back in time to 1987 and teams up with the teen version of her mom [Holt] to try and stop the killer.”
“The idea of a horror-comedy time-travel movie is, I’m gonna be honest, something I never thought of in my life,” says Khan. “So when I was approached by the amazing creatives at Blumhouse and Amazon about TOTALLY KILLER, it was just so unique and exciting I had to be involved. And then add this incredible cast on top of that? Everybody get readyyyyyyy.”
“We thought this genre mash-up of slasher/comedy with a twist of time travel was just so fun, and Nahnatchka Khan is perfect to direct,” says Chris McCumber, president of Blumhouse Television, and Julie Rapaport, head of movies at Amazon Studios, adds, “With Nahnatchka’s vision and the exciting cast led by Kiernan Shipka and Olivia Holt, we are confident TOTALLY KILLER will resonate with our audience around the world. We could not be more thrilled to watch this story come to life and to continue our longstanding collaboration with the incredible team at Blumhouse.” That collaboration includes the companies’ recent joint acquisition of NANNY, the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning horror film by Nikyatu Jusu.