Actor and executive producer Rene Courtland plays Dr. Mason in a "Morbid Curiosity" short, in which a dentist pulls patients' teeth ... and sometimes kills them.
St. Louis' TV viewers will get a dose of "morbid curiosity" come October.
Director, writer and producer Richard "Itchy" Hamilton, a public access veteran best-known as the creator and host of The Big Brother and Itchy Show, is bringing the world of horror to public access cable in the form of a new show called Morbid Curiosity.
Each show will feature an array of horror shorts, all written and directed by Hamilton, with blood-drenched plotlines covering everything from cannibalism to a serial nipple remover. It will premiere on channel 192 in St. Louis on October 7 and is set to air every other week on Friday at midnight.
"I just like to scare people," Hamilton says about the show. "I started trying it out two years ago and I'm still learning."
Each short is roughly fifteen minutes long and offers a nausea-inducing amount of gore and a few cringe-worthy horror moments: teeth extraction, castration, cannibalism, and more.
In one short, "NipPoleon," a serial nipple remover runs rampant in a local park, taking the nipples of male and female joggers (you can find the video below). In another, a man with a ... let's just call it unhealthy ... relationship with his mother takes a woman home from a bar, cuts off some of her hair and covers her with roaches and maggots before being killed by said mother, who then kills herself. Needless to say, Hamilton has dreamt up some strangely horrific scenarios for public access junkies.
But for Hamilton, writing and directing the episodes is a side gig; during the week he works at a water treatment plant to finance his passion of making film and giving St. Louis locals a chance at acting, even if it local access.
"I don't make any money off Morbid Curiosity," Hamiton says. "Local people need a place where they can be involved, and I take it very seriously."
Hamilton does all the editing for his show in his home studio in Webster Groves. And while some of the filming is done in front of green screen, most of the shoots are on location in and around St. Louis.
His cast, which is partially made up of people who've never acted before, was assembled mostly through Facebook, Hamilton says. Most of the actors have double duties, handling effects or props.
"If I see someone who looks right for a role, I'll reach out to them and say to them, 'I'm looking for good people to do bad things. Are you one of them?'" Hamilton says.
To check out some of Morbid Curiosity's shorts before they hit the local access channels in October, head over to the show's website.Morbid Curiosity will also be broadcast in Los Angeles as part of Hamilton's agreement with Charter.