Truth Seekers was a show of interest during this year’s Comic-Con@Home. On the first big day of the event, Amazon had a large block of programming featuring some of their originals including the horror-comedy. The upcoming series brings together the dynamic comedic team of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Joining them on the virtual panel were executive producers Nat Saunders and James Serafinowicz.
Truth Seekers is about a pair of part time paranormal investigators who try to rid various locations of their ghost presence utilizing their home-made gadgets. With the tagline “The truth is way, way out there”, the show draws influence from The X-Files as well as old episodes of Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious Worlds and the book Usborne’s Word of Unknown Ghosts.
The creators walked a tight rope trying to balance the scares with the laughs. They wanted the horror to be taken seriously. It should come off more as an homage and never spoofy. Then they had to make the comedy side really funny.
Frost discussed his character Gus who is a YouTuber who doesn’t want to be taken as a joke. He works full time as a broadband engineer and does his paranormal stuff on the side. He has recently lost someone close to him who was the reason he loves the paranormal. He’s hoping through his side job, he can find a way back to her.
Pegg plays Gus’ boss at the broadband company that may have thinly disguised nefarious aims and needs. Also, in the cast is Malcolm McDowell and Samson Kayo, who plays Gus’ partner, Elton. Emma D’Arcy is Astrid, a woman who approaches the gang for help solving her ghost problem. Susan Wokoma is in the role as Elton’s sister, Helen, who is agoraphobic and slightly tense. Julian Barratt and Kevin Eldon will guest star during the season.
Truth Seekers has an old school horror feel to it. Many of the effects are practical as opposed to CGI and the filming locales were real abandoned places. Old lenses from the 80’s that were used in Return of the Jedi and the Indiana Jones films helped create the aesthetic.
Unfortunately, no set release date was announced but the series will come out later this year on Amazon Prime Video. They did show a teaser trailer though.