Writer and co-director of “Ghost Trek”, Michael Plumides, has agreed to share some of his upcoming project with the Dread Central readership. The horror-comedy webisodes will begin on Monday, October 8, and run through Halloween.
“Ghost Trek” is a mockumentary like nothing you’ve seen before. It’s got laughs, frights, monsters and hotties. What more could you ask for? Be sure to stop back here next week to get your first look at the series.
From the Press Release
Do you ever watch those ghost hunting shows and scratch your head, thinking to yourself, “These shows are so ridiculous. Why am I watching this?” Well, “Ghost Trek” creator, Michael Plumides watched marathon episodes of those shows one Christmas and came up with a comic-horror concept called, “Ghost Trek,” which takes a swipe at the whole genre–with you in mind.
“Ghost Trek” is the winner of a 2011 Corman Award for “Best Comedy” at Fright Night Film Fest, also 2011 Silver Addy Award for “Best Film Presentation Package” and the “Viewer’s Choice Award” at Mad Monster Party 2012.
“Ghost Trek” doesn’t take itself too seriously, combining dope and bro humor with the paranormal. Creator Michael Plumides says, “”Ghost Trek” is like “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” meets “The Venture Bros.” but in a reality TV setting. When I wrote “Ghost Trek,” I wanted the characters to be founded in paranormal reality TV, but I wanted the humor to appeal to a broad viewership, so I added some reality-style drama, and I wanted to incorporate not just ghosts, but monsters, aliens, and crypto-zoo creatures with really cool effects. I also wanted it to be silly. I had written a book called Kill the Music, but I had never made comedy before nor had I made any film since high school. I think we pulled it all off on a minimal budget and it was a lot of fun.” Plumides’ abilities recently caught the eye of Senior V.P. of Production at Morgan Creek, David Robinson, and he contracted with them as a creative consultant on “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” television series.
“Ghost Trek” is an independent paranormal ‘mockumentary’-style concept that would make the creators of Spinal Tap proud–if you can imagine, it’s like “Entourage” meets “Scooby Doo” meets “The Office.” Shot in Charlotte, NC and it’s environs, this dark comedy stars Gia Allemand (“The Bachelor,” “Bachelor Pad”), Brett Gentile (Seeking Justice, Cold Storage), Jonny Fairplay (“Survivor”), Christy Johnson (Tobe Hooper’s Mortuary), Addy Miller (“The Walking Dead”), Julia Bullock (an instant hit on “X-Factor” Season 2), and legendary wrestlers Disco Inferno and Colt Cabana (TNA, WWE, Ring of Honor).
“Ghost Trek” follows the Paranormal Underworld Detective Society (PUDS) as they investigate haunts across the US and abroad between tanning beds, babes, body-building, and bong hits–all the while risking life and limb capturing the undead and unexplained on video. The team is lead by Dr. Zeke Wallace (Michael Melendez), a good-looking ex-chiropractor turned paranormal investigator, his ex-girlfriend and show’s producer, Shawna Leibowitz (Gia Allemand), Scary Carrie Carmichael (Christy Johnson) the “Living-Dead Roller-Girl” case manager, Barry ‘The Bomb’ Burkowski and Joey ‘Mayhem’ Moscone affectionately called The Goon Squad (Colt Cabana and Disco Inferno), The fashion-conscious psychic Guy Swisher (Brett Gentile), the team’s tech specialists and devoted stoners are Robbie (Michael Bortone) and Ray-Ray (Jonny Fairplay), Weasel the kleptomaniac “emo” cameraman (Kevin Johnson), and newbie Jules Partridge (Julia Bullock) the “investigator in training”.
In the pilot, the PUDS team travels to Aspen, Colorado to investigate a supposed “cursed” house where a young pageant girl, Tyler Rae Kinsey (Addy Miller), was choked to death with a jump rope. Meanwhile, Harvey’s office is picking a bubbly college girl to add to the PUDS team while stepping over Scary Carrie. Shawna discovers pics on Facebook of Zeke getting a little too cozy with a Russian club girl. The Goon Squad bow out of the investigation to make smoothies and watch hockey. The stoner tech specialists just want to keep their wieners and make it through the investigation in one piece.
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