Anchor Bay have acquired full distribution rights to Rob Hall’s upcoming adaptation of the web series, Fear Clinic. The news was reported by The Hollywood Reporter, and as far as the US goes, the film is expected to get the full works with a theatrical, VOD, digital and home entertainment released later this year.
No details have been mentioned for the UK, but I would assume a straight to DVD release can be expected.
The original five episode web series starred Robert Englund as Dr Andover, a slightly unhinged scientist who had ways of curing patients phobias. Naturally, being a horror series, his methods would lead to some horrible experiments.
Robert Englund will star in the film (reprising his role of Dr. Andover from the series) and Fiona Dourif will be appear alongside Thomas Dekker (The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Cleopatra Coleman (Step Up: Revolution, Silversun).
The screenplay was written by Aaron Drane and Robert Hall, and is produced my Mark B Johnson. Robert Hall is also directing.
Speaking of the film, Robert Hall said, “This is a whole different playing field. My new film has a much darker and surreal tone than the episodes, and I think fans will really appreciate the direction we’re going in.” Regarding the cast, he adds, “I’m terribly excited to get to collaborate with Fiona Dourif, who blows me away with her talent, and of course Thomas Dekker gets the best out of me when we’re on set and vice versa.”
The film, “opens with a tragedy that launches five people into the public eye and enlists Dr. Andover to lend his expertise to help them overcome trauma-induced phobias. A year later, terrifying ‘aftershocks’ rattle the survivors, leading to them finding their way back to the fear clinic seeking answers. As they line up for another turn in the chamber, Dr. Andover believes that something more sinister may be at work.”