Fresh off his role in the drama film The Water ManThis Is Us star Lonnie Chavis is dabbling into the horror realm with his upcoming film The Boy Behind The Door, a Shudder original. The film initially premiered at last year’s AFI Fest.

Written and directed by David Charbonier and Justin Powell, The Boy Behind The Door is produced by Halloween II director Rick Rosenthal, Jim, Hart, Ryan Scaringe, John Hermann and Ryan Lewis.

The official description: In The Boy Behind the Door, a night of unimaginable terror awaits twelve-year-old Bobby (Lonnie Chavis) and his best friend, Kevin (Ezra Dewey), when they are abducted on their way home from school. Managing to escape his confines, Bobby navigates the dark halls, praying his presence goes unnoticed as he avoids his captor at every turn. Even worse is the arrival of another stranger, whose mysterious arrangement with the kidnapper may spell certain doom for Kevin. With no means of calling for help and miles of dark country in every direction, Bobby embarks on a rescue mission, determined to get himself and Kevin out alive… or die trying.

“We made this film as a testament to the spirit of independent filmmaking,” David Charbonier and Justin Powell said in a statement. “Our story is framed in horror, but we hope that its themes of strength and survival will encourage children and adults alike to love themselves despite their perceived shortcomings.”

Watch the first trailer for The Boy Behind The Door below: