FearNet Calling 'Ghostbusters' To Help Launch Weekend Morning Block

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FearNet next month will launch a two-hour weekend morning block of acquired live-action and animated series, the network announced Tuesday.

The 7 million subscriber, horror-themed channel will debut the block Aug. 18 and 10 a.m. with the animated 1980's series The Real Ghostbusters, followed by the animated 1990's show Tales From The Cryptkeeper, said the network.

During the 11 a.m. hour FearNet will air the live action drama series  Eerie, Indiana (airdate 1991-92), followed by Dark Oracle (2004-06). The block will air on both Saturdays and Sundays, according to network officials.

"We designed the ‘Funhouse' block because FearNet fans love their genre, but they also relish their nostalgia: shows that hooked them as kids still entertain them, and maybe now their own kids too," said Peter Block, FearNet president and general manager in a statement. ‘Funhouse' opens great opportunities for us to identify and re-introduce popular programming that previously didn't have a home in our schedule."

On the online front, FearNet will add more than 75 short-form film and videos this year, the network said.

Ranging from 30 seconds to 20 minutes, the shorts will include shorts from genre producers Adam Green, Michael Dougherty and Paul Solet. In addition, the site will feature 30-Second Bunnies Theatre, whch offers parodies of genre favorites like
Alien, The Exorcist and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well
as viral video hit Zombie American.

"Shorts are important to the film community at large," said Sarah Shannon, FearNet's director of programming in a statement. "Some are funny, some are creepy, and some are scary. It doesn't matter how long it is, as a horror fan, you can still get what you want from it."

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