DEADLINE reports that horror brand Fangoria is getting into the TV business, and it’s doing it with funny ladies. Which is kinda cool. As most genre enthusiasts know, Fangoria is back from the dead! The longtime horror fan magazine that featured all kinds of gross-out covers and gore-infused photo galleries during the 80s and 90s bit the dust during the big recession of the 2000s, but now it’s back. And it’s back with a vengeance, producing films, TV shows, and the famous print publication…. although at 60 bucks a year for four issues, it’s kinda steep. (I’m asking for a subscription for Christmas).
Here’s what Deadline says about the new TV show:
“Fangoria is getting into the TV business with Ghoul Gang Slumber Party, a feminist ghost-hunting reality comedy from Suki-Rose Simakis and April Wolfe. Fangoria is financing the pilot which is set to begin production in September in Los Angeles…. Created by Simakis and Wolfe and co-hosted by Wolfe, Dani Fernandez and Barbara Crampton, the concept involves four women brave enough to spend the night in a famous haunted house while getting tipsy on wine, communing with the spirits, and learning about witchy traditions. It’s described as a comedy that encompasses the hilarity of childhood sleepovers with the likes Queer Eye and Drunk History, with ghosts. Comedian Jamie Loftus will be the first guest.” See full article here.
From the press release:
Wolfe is best known as the former lead film critic at LA Weekly and as creator and host of the genre-film podcast Switchblade Sisters. She is developing two horror feature films, BLACK HARVEST for director Weston Currie and HEAVEN FOR REAL with Simakis, along with a coming-of-age television series about early-2000s punks working in fast food, entitled Third Shift.
Fernandez is a writer, actress, and comedian who has written for shows on New Form, Fullscreen, Nerdist, Legendary, Epic Meal Time, as well as numerous humor sites. She has a popular podcast “Nerdificent” on the How Stuff Works Network, and is currently a host at Nerdist, Funimation, and Mental Floss. Fernandez has written and performed at The Comedy Store’s Roast Battle, The Historical and Fictional Roasts at Meltdown, Tournament of Nerds at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Cracked.com LIVE.
Crampton has been working in the horror industry for three decades, with memorable, career-making turns in genre classics like RE-ANIMATOR, CHOPPING MALL, and FROM BEYOND. She went on to star in the long-running soap operas The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful before becoming reinvested in the genre with 2011’s celebrated home invasion horror YOU’RE NEXT. Crampton has since gone on to perform steadily in original and thought-provoking movies like PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH, WE ARE STILL HERE, and SUN CHOKE. Today, Crampton is a powerhouse personality in the horror scene. Since 2015, the actress has moved into producing with BEYOND THE GATES, and she received lifetime achievement awards from Sitges, Morbido and Fant Bilbao film festivals.
FANGORIA was recently acquired by the Texas-based production company CINESTATE, who are resurrecting the magazine as a print publication this fall. FANGORIA’s first feature PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH premiered at the Overlook Film Festival and was released by RLJE Films earlier this month. It received rave reviews from Newsweek, the LA Times, the NY Times, Bloody-Disgusting, Daily Beast, Time Out NY, and many others. FANGORIA is in prep on its second feature SATANIC PANIC written by Grady Hendrix (co-story by Ted Geoghegan) and to be directed by Chelsea Stardust.