Why The Haunted Tapes?
Years ago I was on a paranormal show on the Syfy Network called Killer Contact. I’ve always been interested in the paranormal, and I grew up in music. So I was wondering if there was a way to blend the 2 popular subjects. I didn’t think it was too crazy of an idea, after all, every movie and tv show has music. I also liked the idea of having people be at the haunted location for some reason other than to “investigating the paranormal.” I personally don’t think it’s very interesting to watch a person in a dark room trying to communicate with spirits by talking to themselves. But 20 Years of paranormal programming tends to disagree with me, so what do I know?!
I first came up with this idea after accidentally filming And Then It Goes Dark. I guess you could call this the “real paranormal activity” because we caught unbelievable activity while we were at a historic home rehearsing for a movie. Everything is authentic, even the 911 call. I spoke to several people at Blumhouse and some of them actually liked the idea. Sure…nothing came of it, but that was the encouragement that got me thinking. The thing I loved most about this project was that we were at the house for something other than the paranormal…then the dynamic shifted as soon as the activity began.
So this began my long line of rejections from networks. I then came up with the idea where horror movie producers stay at haunted houses seeking inspiration for their next horror project. I called this The Haunted. Everyone turned it down, so I shot it on my own. Now I have a similar idea where artists from my hometown of Franklin, Tennessee go to haunted houses seeking inspiration to write their next song.
I kept hammering away at this idea because one of my favorite success stories began with failure. There was a British entrepreneur that did not know a lot about the music business yet he believed in an artist so much that he pitched him to several record labels. All the labels rejected the artist, so the British entrepreneur said screw it…I’ll start my own record label. And that was the beginning of Virgin Records. Interestingly enough, Virgin Records made their first million dollars from this artist after their release of Tubular Bells, which is the theme song for The Exorcist.
The Haunted Tapes.