From the author of the critically-acclaimed book KILL THE MUSIC comes GHOST TREK, a comic horror series pilot based on a paranormal reality show. 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 confronting the undead.
Notable appearances in the GHOST TREK television pilot are Gia Allemand (ABC’s The Bachelor, Bachelor Pad) recently cast as “Ava Gardner” in Gianni Russo’s $70 million biopic produced by Paramount, the notorious Jonny “Fairplay” Dalton (CBS’s Survivor series), Christy Johnson(2010 Los Angeles Music Awards winner for “Best Female Performer”), and ten-year-old Addy Miller (AMC’s current mega-hit The Walking Dead).
The GHOST TREK pilot begins shooting December 10, 2010 in Charlotte, NC and its environs at a number of locations across the region, including the BUTTER nightclub, the NASCAR Hall of Fame building, as well as other studio and residential locations.
GHOST TREK is lead by Dr. Zeke Wallace (Michael Melendez), an ex-chiropractor turned paranormal investigator living in New York with his girlfriend, Shawna Leibowitz (Gia Allemand) who is also the show’s producer. The other PUDS investigators are: Joey Mayhem and The Bomb, two UFC wanna-be’s from New Jersey (Glenn Gilbertti and Scott Colton), the fashion-conscious psychic Guy Swisher (Brett Gentile), the team’s tech specialists and devoted stoners Robbie (Mikey “B” Bortone) and Ray-Ray (Johnny “Fairplay” Dalton), the “living dead-roller girl” case manager “Scary” Carrie Carmichael (Christy Johnson), Weasel the kleptomaniac cameraman (Kevin Johnson), and newbie Jules Partridge (Julia Bullock).
In the pilot entitled, “The Kinsey Report”, the team travels to Aspen, Colorado to investigate a supposed “cursed” house where a young pageant girl, Tyler Rae Kinsey (Addy Miller), was murdered. Meanwhile, Shawna is fuming over Zeke’s out–of-control spending, especially now that she suspects he’s cheating on her. But she’s forced to sit still for Zeke’s lunar escapades as Harvey Goldman, the show’s executive producer (Lonn Friend), says, “He’s trending.”
Combining the campiness of Kolchak: the Night Stalker, the dynamics of The X-Files, the comedy of Clerks, and knuckle-headedness of The Jersey Shore, there’s no question GHOST TREK will be a hit with the Family Guy and/or Ghost Hunters crowd. Described by Jason Tracey, writer and producer of A&E’s Burn Notice as “promising and well-written,” GHOST TREK combines indie-horror with indie-comedy creating a crossover market appeal by incorporating reality stars and actors, plus masterful special effects make-up from two-time Emmy Awardwinner, Dean Jones (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).
Producer: Bill Walker brings over thirty years of home video experience as a past consultant to Turner, New Line, and Castle Rock. Bill was also recognized as Charlotte Chamber’s Wachovia Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004.
Producer: Anne Saunders brings over twenty years of marketing, advertising, and award winning consultation experience in print and online media to the production. Anne worked for six years as Editor for Network Communications, Inc. where she personally developed Charlotte’sNew Homes Journal, winning Publication of the Year (2003, 2005, and 2007) by the Sales and Marketing Counsel of the Home Builders Association.
Director of Photography: Robert W. Filion has worn a lot of hats. He’s a director, producer, unit production manager, visual effects coordinator, and sound mixer with 17 years of filmmaking experience. Robert is also the 2008 American Zombie Film Competition winner for his short, See the Dead, judged, moderated, and sponsored by the iconic creator of Night of the Living Dead, George Romero. Rob also co-produced the award-winning Last Confederate.
Writer and Director: Michael Plumides is a celebrated author (Kill the Music- recognized as one of the “ten best rock books of 2009” and a bestseller on Amazon’s Kindle store), writer (Blurt Magazine), also penning scripts for award winning director, Kent Smith (360 – currently in development for 2011). He is currently in discussions to rewrite the second installment of horror legend, Tobe Hooper’s Tool Box Murders. Plumides makes his directorial debut with the GHOST TREK TV pilot.
Michael conceptualized GHOST TREK in late 2009 after watching marathon episodes of cable paranormal reality shows such as Ghost Adventures, Paranormal State, and Ghost Hunters International. He was convinced of an underlying comedic element to each show, begging to be lampooned. Michael began developing the characters of GHOST TREK in early 2010, and completed a feature script in March. Then using the screenplay as a template, Plumides wrote several TV episodes. The GHOST TREK feature film is in development, tentatively shooting in the spring of 2011.
Gia Allemand (Maxim, The Bachelor, Bachelor Pad)
Michael Melendez (Lot 66)
Jonny “Fairplay” Dalton (Survivor)
Addy Miller (The Walking Dead)
Mikey “B” Bortone (Survivor)
Kevin Johnson (Devil’s Crossing)
Glenn Gilbertti (WWE, TNA, WCW)
Scott Colton (WWE, TNA, ROI)
Christy Johnson (Mortuary)
Brandy Brown (One Last Sunset)
Brett Gentile (Cold Storage)
Lonn Friend (Airheads, ETV, RIP Magazine)
Cora Deitz (Sanguis Vitam Est – Model)
Julia Bullock (Lyra Shines Band)
Isabelle’s Gift – “Kill the Cheerleaders, Save the World”
Angels on Acid – “Haunt Me”
Star Killer – “The Hunt”
Hellblinki – “Wicked World”