Horror on TV: Freakylinks 1.1 “Subject: Fearsum” (dir by Todd Holland)


Does anyone remember Freakylinks?

Don’t feel bad if you don’t.  To be honest, I had totally forgotten about it until, two years ago, my friend Janeen mentioned it to me.  (And to be honest, I’m not sure if I ever knew about it before then.  Memories can inconsistent, especially when it comes to obscure TV shows that didn’t last for very long.)  Freakylinks is a show that aired on Fox back in 2000.  It only lasted one season and it was about this guy (played by Ethan Embry) who ran a website called freakylinks.com.  To me, that sounds like a porn site but apparently, it was actually a site dedicated to investigating the paranormal.

Freakylinks was produced by the same company that produced The Blair Witch Project.  A few months before the show premiered, in order to try to create some Blair Witch-style buzz for the production, the production company set up a website called Freakylinks.com and designed it to look like it was just some ghost hunter’s Geocities-style blog.  While the web site got some publicity, it didn’t translate into ratings and Freakylinks was canceled.  The freakylinks.com domain is currently for sale if anyone wants to buy it and turn it into a paranormal porn site.  (Who says the two have to be separate?)

The entire series has been uploaded to YouTube and below you’ll find a pilot!

Prepare to take a trip into the past, to a time when the internet was still a mysterious and powerful thing and people apparently didn’t realize that anyone with time to kill could make a web site.

And, by all means, enjoy!

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