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Rupert turns Rod Serling in spooky anthology series

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Scary enough is the “Hold the Meat” episode about a babysitter trying to protect a young girl from flesh-eating zombies attacking a rural mansion.

But it's even more frightening when you throw in "Survivor" star and tie-dye terror of a bear-man, Rupert Boneham, who narrates the twisted tale like some backwoods version of Rod Serling.

Behold, it’s the short -film series, “Rupert Boneham’s Frightmares: Seriously Scary Stories,” being produced by locally-based Adrenaline Motion Pictures LLC.   

A crew of 12 wrapped up shooting in Zionsville earlier this month on the first of two pilots in what Adrenaline’s president, Steve Marra, hopes to sell to a television network.

The first 14 of the 11-minute episodes are already written, with help from Jerry Gaw, a former executive at Indianapolis-based ProducenetTV.  We’re talking everything from werewolves to basement-dwelling trolls.

“It straddles the line between 'The Twilight Zone' and 'Goosebumps,'” said Marra.

As for Boneham, “He has a great laugh, oh my gosh.”

Great—as in scary.

The series also is designed to work as an anthology series for the Internet—to hit the target demographic of 15- to 25-year-olds.

The work will premiere next month at Comic Con in New York, where not a few television executives will be hanging out.

“We’d like to get an episodic order for this,” Marra said.

The timing could be good for Adrenaline. 

Boneham, a Hoosier who ran for governor last year as a Libertarian, is being thrust again into the national spotlight by appearing in new episodes of CBS-TV's "Survivor," shot in the Philippines.

Adrenaline has been working on other new films, including “Dark Lifers,” which Marra plans to show in New York, as well.

Marra, who studied film and screenwriting at UCLA, said his work has been backed by a number of private investors.

Another Adrenaline, the romantic comedy “Amanda,” is now being sold by big retailers including Best Buy and Walmart.  In 2010, it won as best feature film at the Canadian International Film Festival.

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  • "Fake" charity?
    Having met Rupert a few times and knowing quite a few people who have volunteered with Rupert's Kids, I can pretty well tell you that it is NOT a "fake" charity. Rupert very much has a heart for the disadvantaged and is often out mentoring, rolling up his sleeves with the kids, and doing work for disadvantaged youngsters that have been failed by the system. Rupert does a tremendous service in our community, and I'm glad he's got a heart for it. Met Rupert (and supported him) in his run for governor last year, and I don't think you'll meet a more genuine person.
  • I get it...
    Oh I get why he was chosen....but just because he's a known name doesn't mean he's the best person for the project. Actual performers with talent should focus on facial hair growth and eating boiled animal testicles in the Survivor jungle and they might also get a show one day. This is why we're stuck with crap TV...production companies don't take chances on new ideas. At least it's not Honey Boo Boo hosting though.
  • "Stores"??
    That's not a typo? The show is named Seriously Scary Stores? Not stories?
  • $$$
    Great, maybe now Rupert will earn some money and be able to pay back those he has scammed. Oh wait, maybe he will put it in his fake children's charity to avoid paying taxes on it. What a joke!
  • marketing
    Rupert is a great fit in my opinion.... The big plus for selecting him is that he already has the name recognition needed to tempt TV execs into givin the series a shot. Thats why the relative no-names you dropped are probably not being used.
  • Rupert hosting a horror show??
    Come on Adrenaline Motion Pictures...Rupert?! Where's your imagination? How about the Muncie Bros from White Rabbit Cabaret? Or Matt Clements, the host of "Let's Make a Date" or Baxter King...he's a local ghosts-hunter/weirdo comedian...all of them are from Indy and would be a better fit for a horror show host! http://www.whiterabbitcabaret.com http://baxterking.com/

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