Since 2007, the Chiller network has delivered a nonstop march of low-budget horror films and forgotten supernatural-themed television shows. Station identification during commercial breaks has come in the form of the network’s own log being playfully destroyed by a variety of slasher film-worthy weapons. But now in a twist as shocking and as tragic as anything a horror film might come up with, the Chiller network itself has now died an early death.
The news, which broke on November 16th 2017, comes as Chiller’s parent company NBC Universal culls its niche-based networks in favor of focusing on its more profitable and well-known television enterprises such as USA Network, SyFy, Bravo, and E!. Networks such as Esquire and Cloo have already fallen under the axe and Chiller – which has no original programming and whose closure will require no layoffs on NBC Universal’s part – is but the latest. Still, it is a blow to fans of horror as Chiller represents one of the few places in most cable packages where you can be assured of finding something to sate your horror craving at any time of the day or night.
Fans wanting to watch the beloved Chiller logo endure its last few whacks can continue to do so through the end of 2017 as the network is expected to go dark after the first of the year.