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 sat through marathon episodes of paranormal reality TV 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: THE KINSEY REPORT webisodes on DREAD CENTRAL Today
beginning on Monday, October 8, 2012
GHOST TREK: THE KINSEY REPORT is the pilot episode in an uncensored comic – horror series based around a paranormal reality show that will be featured on Dread Central in four separate webisodes beginning Monday, October 8th and will be presented every consecutive Monday (October 15th, 22nd, and 29th).
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 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 TV Series in development.
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 (Hunger Games, Homeland) 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 (“Little Zombie Girl” from 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).
Julia Bullock – the hit sensation on X-FACTOR www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZnsFajauEQ will be rooming with Sophie Simmons (daughter of Gene Simmons) on the “Boot Camp” episodes beginning this week on America’s #1 Show.
Go here as Colt and Disco talk about GHOST TREK: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X-OP6BuBLo
GHOST TREK follows the Paranormal Underworld Detective Society (PUDS) as they investigate haunts across the U.S. 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”.
Go here to watch a GHOST TREK make up featurette with Conor McCullagh (SyFy’s Face Off) and Addy Miller:
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.
Go here to watch the GHOST TREK trailer:
GHOST TREK has screened at a number of horror conventions to standing room only crowds – the moniker over the poster read, “From that guy who went to jail with GWAR” referencing Plumides night in the pokey with Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) of the theatrical shock rock group, after the infamous Vice Squad raid of Plumides’ NC night club in 1990 (See Plumides’ 2009 book, KILL THE MUSIC, a memoir about college radio and concert promotion during the moral hysteria of the PMRC years).
Zag Bagans of Ghost Adventures said last year at Scarefest, “I’ve heard a lot of good things about GHOST TREK” – written and produced by Plumides and co-directed by Plumides and Robert Filion (currently Director of Photography on Night of the Living Dead-Genesis). Plumides said, “I met Bagans last year and gave him a copy of the Ghost Trek pilot and a t-shirt. Matter of fact, ‘Dr. Zeke Wallace’, PUDS lead investigator is loosely based on him – Zak looked at the photo and said, ‘He even stands like me’. And our Psychic is based on Chip Coffey on Psychic Kids and Paranormal State, who I also met. Chip’s comment about actor Brett Gentile was, ‘He needs a scarf’.”
Here’s a link to the GHOST TREK SIZZLE REEL: www.youtube.com/watch?v=66BnizWr5i8
Plumides wrote, produced, and co-directed a PSYCHIC BRATS featurette – a spin off show featuring Guy Swisher, the GHOST TREK psychic.
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