Shawnee Smith, Erica Leerhsen and AnnaLynne McCord Join Slaughter

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a trio of actresses known for their horror movie resume have joined the cast of the horror movie “Slaughter”, which was originally set to star Dominique Swain as an actress lured to a movie set, only to find out it’s a snuff film. Swain is now out of the film due to “schedule conflicts”, and Leerhsen (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) will be replacing her in the film. Smith and McCord will play Leerhsen’s co-stars in the movie within a movie, joining Karl Yune (“Die Another Day”) and Jonathon Trent as the male half of the would-be victims.

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Victor Garcia’s feature is based on the script by 2007 Slamdance Horror Screenplay Competition winners Nathan Brookes and Bobby Lee Darby. Producing are Maverick’s Mark Morgan, Guy Oseary and Cheri Wozniak, Angel Baby’s Gregory Segal and John Andrew Gallagher and Slamdance’s Peter Baxter.

Leerhsen replaces Dominique Swain, who dropped out of the project because of scheduling conflicts. The film is part of a three-year deal for Maverick, Angel Baby and Slamdance to finance and co-produce each year’s horror contest winner. Overseen by Slamdance’s John Stoddard and Baxter, the submission deadline for the next contest is Nov. 21. The winner will be announced in January at the Slamdance awards ceremony in Park City.

The premise of the film is exciting from a B-horror movie standpoint. Hopefully it’ll turn out good. I’m still not sure if they plan on going the tongue-in-cheek approach, what with American girls being cast in a Japanese snuff film and all, but it could be funny and gory at the same time. Or maybe they’ll decide to play it straight.

We’ll have to wait and see…

Shawnee Smith, Erica Leerhsen and AnnaLynne McCord Join Slaughter