Veteran Horror-Film Maker, Roger Corman, Produces Free-to-View Interactive Web Series for Netflix

--"Splatter," Directed by Joe Dante and Starring Corey Feldman, Will Let Viewers Vote on Characters' Fate

Movie rental company, Netflix, announced last week that it is teaming with horror-film maker, Roger Corman ("Little Shop of Horrors," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Masque of the Red Death"), on a three-part Web series, entitled "Splatter," that will debut on its platform on October 29th, just before Halloween (note: the second episode will be available November 6th and the third on Friday, November 13th). The series, which will be viewable by any visitor to its dedicated homepage (http://www.netflix.com/splatter) and not just by Netflix subscribers, will also be interactive: Corman, who is making his Internet video debut at the age of 83, is opening up the creative direction of the series, Netflix says, by asking viewers to vote on the fate of its characters (i.e. who lives and who dies). "When Netflix approached me with this unique idea, I was truly intrigued about creating something that left the ending up to the audience," Corman said in a prepared statement. "Making content for the Web is a natural progression for me, but 'Splatter' is a rare opportunity to involve my horror fans who really love being a part of the process."

The show was conceived and is being produced by Corman; is co-produced by Julie Corman ("Box Car Bertha," "The Westing Game"); and is directed by Joe Dante ("Gremlins," "The Howling"). According to Netflix, it stars Corey Feldman as "rock-and-roll legend, Johnny Splatter, a musical genius who accumulated as many hit records as he did enemies on his climb up the fame ladder. His sudden death," Netflix says, "ruled a suicide, brings a small circle of professional parasites and hangers-on to his Hollywood Hills mansion for the reading of his last will and testament. But as his 'frenemies' come to pick the bones clean, Johnny has returned for a deadly encore long after what they thought was his final curtain."

In its press materials announcing the new series, Netflix is stressing that, thanks to its fairly aggressive OTT strategy, "Netflix members on an unlimited plan will be able to instantly watch 'Splatter' on their TV's via a range of Netflix-ready devices at the conclusion of the series," including Netflix-ready Blu-ray disc players and new Internet TV's from LG Electronics, Blu-ray disc players from Samsung, Roku's digital video player, Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console, and TiVo DVR's.

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