Press Contact: Teri L. Sullivan
October 19, 2012
For Immediate Release
Professor Ghoul and Shotzi Celebrate Halloween on WKNO
Professor Ghoul (Michael Degnan), and his student, Shotzi the cat (puppeteered and voiced by Bard Cole) – hosts of WKNO’s weekly creature feature Professor Ghoul’s Horror School – have tricks and treats for viewers in their first hour-long special celebrating All Hallows’ Eve. Professor Ghoul’s Horror School Halloween Special premieres Friday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10.
Professor Ghoul and Shotzi will present four short horror films by Memphis-area filmmakers, including work by Valarie Morris, J. Lazarus Hawk, Josh McLane & Eric Huber, and G.B. Shannon & Ryan Parker. The special will also feature guest appearances by some of the filmmakers and a salute to the local band Oracle and the Mountain, which performs the opening theme music for Professor Ghoul’s Horror School (airing Fridays at 10:00 p.m. and Saturdays at midnight on WKNO). The special will be followed by an encore of Professor Ghoul’s presentation of the 1969 classic George Romero film “Night of the Living Dead”.
“We’ve had so much fun with the series,” said Russ Abernathy, Director of Television, who conceived the idea of hosted horror movies as a summer offering on WKNO-TV. “And it’s developed quite a fan base. It even has its own fan-created Facebook page. A Halloween special is a natural extension.”
“We’re big fans of the local film scene” said Degnan. “This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the talent in our community and to celebrate our favorite holiday.”
The four films:
“Remedy” by Josh McLane & Eric Huber (McLane is also the drummer for Oracle and the Mountain) follows a young couple's first date, which has unexpected results.
In “Blood Therapy” by Valarie O. Morris, a man struggles to regain control of his life after a violent attack.
J. Lazarus Hawk’s short “Morning Ritual” was the winner of the 2007 Indie Memphis Film Festival award for Best Narrative Short. This dark film presents a look at the disturbing undercurrents in an ordinary household.
Another Indie Memphis Film Festival Award-winner “Woke Up Ugly” by G.B. Shannon & Ryan Parker follows an unexpected transformation that changes a man's outlook. It received the 2009 Hometowner Award in the short film category.
Professor Ghoul’s Horror School Halloween Special is produced and written by Bard Cole and Michael Degnan and directed by Peter Richards and airs Friday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m., repeating at 11:00 p.m., and Monday, October 29 at 9:00 p.m. on WKNO. It also airs Tuesday, October 30 at 9:00 p.m. on WKNO2.
WKNO is a non-profit, private foundation serving the Mid-South for more than 56 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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