Aspire, TV One Look To Scare Up Viewers

Aspire and TV One will get into the Halloween spirit with the premiere of horror-themed films in October.

Aspire on Oct. 13 will feature several horror short films from its ABFF Independent series, according to network officials. ABFF Independent – Out Of This World, features six focusing on the supernatural, folk tales, souls living in purgatory and life without water, said network officials.

TV One will air its first ever original horror film Oct. 18 dubbed The Fright Night Files (pictured), which features three short horror-themed films, according to network officials. The films, produced by TV One parent Radio One’s founder and chairperson Cathy Hughes, showcases three tales of deadly romance and features such actors as Elise Neal (The Hughleys), Lynn Whitfield (Eve’s Boyou) and Bokeem Woodbine (Ray).

“Expanding our original movie slate with a trilogy of terror required a relatable entry point and what better than tales of fatal attraction, as many of us have experienced relationships that end up feeling more like nightmares,” said D’Angela Proctor, senior vice president of programming and production, TV One in a statement. “The Fright Night Files delivers a perfect cinematic blend of romance, fear and excitement, just in time for Halloween.”

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.