Friday, October 28 at 10:00 PM
(with a repeat Saturday, October 29 at 1:00 AM)
AT STAKE: VAMPIRE SOLUTIONS
In this 2012 film by Jim Weter, a film student shoots a documentary about one of the most dangerous jobs in North Mississippi - vampire removal! Embedding himself with a small company, At Stake: Vampire Solutions (AS:VS), Evan Shandling documents, interviews and goes on calls with AS:VS workers as they struggle to keep the business afloat and make it to the next day alive. Starring Carl Pfeiffer, Jerry Kimble, Joshua Brunson, Anastasia Gale, Michael Goff, and Jimmy Patterson as Evan.
THE HORROR SCHOOL
Professor Ghoul and Shotzi are back in the classroom for a Halloween movie presentaion with special guest Duane P. Craig, screenwriter of At Stake: Vampire Solutions. When monster troubles flare up, the Professor calls in his old friend Dale the Zombie Hunter (Tony Isbell), with predictably kooky results. Also starring Austin King, Joe Leibovich, Tommy Oler, and Kacky Walton as "Lynette."
Host, Professor Ghoul (Michael Degnan), and his student, Shotzi the cat (puppeteered and voiced by Bard Cole), introduce viewers to classic – and not-so-classic – horror fare in Professor Ghoul’s Horror School.
Production Specialist Bard Cole (Shotzi) has been on staff at WKNO since 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama's MFA in Creative Writing Program and the author of two books of fiction. In addition to bringing Shotzi to life (he also designed and created the puppet), Bard serves as co-producer and co-writer for the series.
“I wanted to make something that was fun and silly but was aimed at an intelligent audience — people who really enjoy movies and like thinking about them,” said Cole. “I’ve been a public television watcher since I was a little kid, and I learned a lot about American popular culture by watching TV. Why shouldn’t young people today learn about Roger Corman or Ed Wood or Vincent Price by watching WKNO?”
Michael Degnan (Professor Ghoul) is a longtime fixture of the Memphis Comedy scene and a veteran of Memphis television. He has been a student ambassador, a five-time finalist in the Funniest Person in Memphis Contest, and is currently a member of The Wiseguys Improv Comedy Troupe.
“WKNO and PBS in general are the stewards of cultural history on television, and I strongly believe that the horror film and the horror host as a format have been an important part of our cultural identity as Americans,” said Degnan. “WKNO is also a natural fit for a show that is seeking to educate as well as entertain its audience. This is a project which has generated a lot of excitement from WKNO staff and their support lets me know that this is the perfect (or as Shotzi may say – ‘Purrrfect’) place for this show.”
Professor Ghoul’s Horror School is produced and written by Bard Cole and Michael Degnan and directed by Peter Richards. Russ Abernathy is the Executive Producer. The series airs Fridays at 10:00 p.m. on WKNO.
Email Professor Ghoul: firstname.lastname@example.org