Rupert turns Rod Serling in spooky anthology series

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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