Campy Vampire Hunting With ‘The Occulterers’Oct 29th, 2009 | By Elisabeth Lewin | Category: Podcast Quickies, Video
As we tick down the hours until Halloween, we thought we would profile a few seasonally-themed shows that have caught our eye and ear this week.
Mocking reality “ghost hunter” series, scary teen movies (“Let’s split up and look for clues in the creepy castle/abandoned summer camp/swamp/scary dark cave”), and our current bizarre fascination with “paranormal activity” and attractive vampires, “The Occulterers” is a campy new miniseries from Hayden Black and his Evil Global Corp.
The show is about a team of TV ghost hunters who are investigating local claims that Count Vampire’s Transylvanian castle is “haunted – not just by ghosts, but surprisingly, by vampires.”
We caught up with Hayden yesterday for his perspective on the new series:
While we’re gearing up for next year’s launch of [musical-space-taxicab web video series] The Cabonauts, I decided to take 3 weeks to create, sell, cast, write, shoot & edit The Occulterers for Babelgum. Absolute whirlwind but tons of fun and we got an amazing cast. James C. Leary (Buffy), Ellen Sandweiss (The Evil Dead), Camden Toy (Buffy, Angel), Amy Kline (I <3 Vampires) and myself all playing dysfunctional ghost hunters (actually, Camden plays Count Vampire) spending the night in a haunted Transylvanian castle.
The show premiered Monday [26 Oct], and a new episode plays out every night through Halloween. They’re also accompanied by 1 hour mock live feeds from within the castle itself, so people can see for themselves what’s going and then Twitter us at @TheOcculterers so we can go investigate.Â There are also 2 different Halloween flashmob/parties we’re going to be teasing in the live feeds for fans in Los Angeles!
The fan reaction has been unbelievable; people twittering how much they love the show, the live feeds, that they want to buy DVDs, that they want new seasons and now [on 28 Oct] the Wall St. Journal has joined in the chorus of love we’ve been getting – and we’re just 3 days in! Another surreal experience thanks to the interwebs.
Black is also the creator of local TV news spoof Goodnight Burbank, which will see 10 new Goodnight Burbank: Hollywood Reports published online in the coming weeks.