Wes Craven's Chiller

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Chiller cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Wes Craven
Produced by J.D. Feigelson
Anderson G. House
Richard Kobritz
Written by J.D. Feigelson
Starring Paul Sorvino
Michael Beck
Beatrice Straight
Laura Johnson
Dick O'Neill
Alan Fudge
Craig Richard Nelson
Music by Dana Kaproff
Edited by Duane Hartzell
Frozen Man Productions
J.D. Feigelson Productions
Polar Films
Distributed by CBS
Release dates
22 May 1985 (original airing)
Running time
104 min.
Country United States
Language English

Chiller (also known as Wes Craven's Chiller) is a 1985 American horror television film. It aired on May 22, 1985. It was directed by Wes Craven and written by J.D. Feigelson. It follows corporate executive Miles Creighton (Michael Beck), who dies and is cryonically preserved in the hopes that he can be revived. Ten years later, the procedure is a success, and Miles returns, but without his soul.

Detailed plot[edit]

Miles Creighton is cryonically preserved. When his storage tank malfunctions and begins to thaw, Miles is rushed to a hospital. His mother, who has missed her son terribly during his 10-year incapacitation, arranges for surgeons there to perform a procedure that was not possible when Miles was originally frozen. The operation is a success and Miles revives.

Miles returns to the company which his father (now deceased) had started. He ruthlessly strips down anything that the company does not require to be profitable, and fires the man responsible for keeping the company running in Miles' absence.

A series of mysterious deaths occur and circumstantial evidence implicates Miles. His mother, of course, does not want to believe her beloved son is a heartless killer. It is only when Father Penny (played by Paul Sorvino) arrives at the hospital in critical condition that she is convinced her son is evil. Penny tells her that Miles was responsible, and she rushes home to save her step daughter and have Miles arrested.

The events that follow pit Miles against his mother, and she ends up locking him in a walk-in freezer. The police arrive and discover that Miles, though apparently frozen, is still alive. His mother comes to the rescue by shooting her son in the chest with a police pistol.

The final scene is set at the cryogenics facility, where another alarm goes off as another storage tank malfunctions and begins to thaw. This is followed, by several more storage tanks malfunctioning.


  • Michael Beck as Miles Creighton
  • Beatrice Straight as Marion Creighton
  • Laura Johnson as Leigh Kenyon
  • Dick O'Neill as Clarence Beeson
  • Alan Fudge as Dr. Stricklin
  • Craig Richard Nelson as Dr. Collier
  • Paul Sorvino as Reverend Penny
  • Jill Schoelen as Stacey Creighton
  • Anne Seymour as Mrs. Bunch
  • Russ Marin as Dr. Sample
  • Jerry Lacy as Jerry Burley
  • Edward Blackoff as 2nd Technician
  • Kenneth White as Technician #1
  • Ned Wertimer as Mr. Hanna
  • Wendy Goldman as Secretary
  • Joseph Whipp as Detective
  • Brian Libby as Orderly
  • Karen Huie as Nurse #1
  • Melanie F. Williams as Nurse #2
  • Perla Walter as Night Nurse
  • Starletta DuPois as Nurse
  • Mimi Craven as Nurse Cooper
  • Bill Dearth as Officer #1
  • Roger Hampton as Officer #2
  • Clare Nono as Newscaster (as Claire Nono)
  • William Forward as Anesthesiologist

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