Press Contacts: Teri L. Sullivan
October 7, 2013
For Immediate Release
Professor Ghoul Presents Classic 1982 Made-in-Memphis Horror Movie
“I Was a Zombie for the F.B.I.”
On Friday October 25 at 8:00 p.m., celebrate Halloween with WKNO-TV and horror movie hosts Professor Ghoul (Mike Degnan) and Shotzi the Vampire Cat (puppeteered and voiced by Bard Cole) with the special Professor Ghoul’s Horror School presentation of the retro-style 1982 Memphis horror film I Was a Zombie for the F.B.I.
When a mysterious film reel finds its way into Professor Ghoul’s hands, Agent Rex Armstrong (James Rasberry) shows up to make sure the secrets of I Was a Zombie for the F.B.I. don’t fall into the wrong hands. Guest stars include some of the film’s original actors: Christina Wellford Scott, Anthony Isbell, Rick Crowe, Glenda Mace, and Bob Friedstand, with a special appearance by Larry Raspberry as Ace Evans.
In the 1982 film written and directed by Marius Penczner (son of artist Paul Penczner), a pair of criminal brothers survive an airplane crash and discover a plot by aliens from outer space to conquer Earth by turning human beings in zombies. The FBI gets involved and wants the brothers to infiltrate the alien force.
“Each week, Professor Ghoul not only celebrates horror films, but also local talent,” said Russ Abernathy, Executive Producer of Professor Ghoul’s Horror School. “We are very lucky to work with Mr. Penczner, who graciously agreed for us to show his movie and make DVDs available to our viewers.”
Professor Ghoul Presents: I Was a Zombie for the F.B.I., which is produced and written by Bard Cole and Michael Degnan and directed by Peter Richards, airs Friday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m., repeating at 11:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 26 (Sun, Oct. 27) at midnight on WKNO. It also airs Sunday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. on WKNO2. On October 25, this special will be followed by the one-hour Professor Ghoul’s Halloween Special from 2012 at 9:00 p.m.
The weekly series Professor Ghoul’s Horror School, which will begin shooting its third season soon, debuted in June, 2012, and airs Fridays at 10:00 p.m. and Saturdays at midnight on WKNO/Channel 10.
WKNO is a non-profit, private foundation serving the Mid-South for more than 57 years. An important community resource, WKNO uses the power of non-commercial public broadcasting to provide the Mid-South with quality educational and cultural programs that inform, entertain, and inspire. For more information: wkno.org
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