EXCLUSIVE: Unless you answer to Rob Zombie, what musician has a name better suited to horror film making than Slash? The iconic guitarist of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver has teamed with Scout Productions to start Slasher Films. They will produce edgy contemporary horror fare with a nod to the thrillers of the ’70s and ’80s. They’ve set up their first: Nothing to Fear, a horror/thriller that follows a young family as it tries to reinvent itself by moving to a small town in rural Kansas. The family is tormented by an ancient demon with an insatiable blood lust. The script was written by Jonathan W.C. Mills, who’s currently working on the Gold Circle pic Inside Passage.

Scout Productions has generated the TV series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and films that include Transsiberian, Session 9 and Fog of War. Scout will finance development of screenplays for Slasher Films, with Scout toppers Michael Williams and Rob Eric overseeing production. Nothing to Fear will begin production early next year, with Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield as executive producers. “I’ve always been a huge horror fan and creating films that take you back to the days where horror movies actually scared the hell out of you is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Slash said in a statement. The rocker will produce films and target them to an established fan base that follows him on tour and online. “My audience is made up of young, edgy, discerning consumers, with an appetite for quality and a hint of anarchy.”