Online pop culture fest Comic-Con@Home offered us a first look at the new Simon Pegg Nick Frost supernatural comedy Truth Seekers, which will debut exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
The show returns the duo to a genre they helped define with Shaun of the Dead.
Frost and Pegg star as Gus and Dave, part-time paranormal investigators who team up to uncover and film ghost sightings across the UK, streaming their misadventures on their online channel.
Invariably these consist mainly of haunted church stake-outs, and jaunts around underground bunkers and abandoned hospitals with their homemade ghost-detecting equipment. But as their encounters with the supernatural become all too real, it seems real horrors lurk in the shadows.
The series also features Samson Kayo, Malcolm McDowell, Emma D’Arcy and Susan Wokoma.
“It’s tempting with genre fare to parody something that asks you to suspend your disbelief…”
Pegg says the key to a series like Truth Seekers is getting the balance between horror and comedy right. “You just have to not make fun of the horror,” he says. “It’s tempting with genre fare to parody something that asks you to suspend your disbelief. The key with horror comedy is to take the horror completely seriously and allow the comedy to exist adjacent to it.”
We started talking about this a long time ago, says James Serafinowicz. “We’ve always been interested in ghosts and the paranormal.”
A love of The X-Files was a big influence, says Frost. “As well as old episodes of Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World,” adds co-writer and co-creator Nat Saunders. “That obsessed us as we were growing up.”