Officially streaming for the first time in the United States on Shudder is the infamous BBC faux documentary, Ghostwatch. For those not familiar with Ghostwatch, it was presented to viewers as part of a BBC anthology series called Screen One as a legitimate live investigation of the paranormal.

Press Release: Today, Shudder, the premium thriller, horror, and supernatural streaming service backed by AMC Networks, releases the BBC’s infamous faux-paranormal documentary Ghostwatch for the first time ever in the United States.

Produced as a part of the BBC anthology series Screen One, it was presented as a live television investigation of paranormal activity, not as a scripted TV movie. It was banned after the premiere because of disturbed viewers making an estimated 30,000 panicked calls to the BBC switchboard in a single hour. Ghostwatch was never re-aired on UK television, it never aired in the United States, and has never been made available on home video in the U.S.

The premiere of Ghostwatch on Shudder marks the second time in two months the streaming service has debuted a largely unseen piece of genre history for U.S. viewers; Shudder premiered Ken Russell’s controversial 1971 masterpiece The Devils in March, making it widely available for the first time in decades.

About GHOSTWATCH’s release on Shudder:

  • Has never aired in the United States, nor is it been made available on home video in the U.S.
  • Aired once on BBC1, on Halloween night in 1992. Presented as live television and not a horror mockumentary, it resulted in an estimated 30,000 calls to the BBC switchboard in a single hour. It has never re-aired on UK television and was banned in the UK until released on DVD by the British Film Institute in 2002.
  • Features actual BBC personalities playing themselves, adding to the confusion for an unsuspecting audience.
  • A clear precursor to The Blair Witch ProjectParanormal Activity and the found-footage genre
  • Has a cult following: An annual event, known as National Séance, occurs every year on Halloween night at 9:25 PM (the original broadcast time of Ghostwatch), where fans are encouraged to hit play on their own personal copies of Ghostwatch and live tweet the special.

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    Tamika hails from North Beach, Maryland, a tiny town inches from the Chesapeake Bay.She knew she wanted to be an actor after reciting a soliloquy by Sojourner Truth in front of her entire fifth grade class. Since then, she's appeared in over 20 film and television projects. In addition to acting, Tamika is the Indie Spotlight manager for Daily Dead, where she brings readers news on independent horror projects every weekend.

    The first horror film Tamika watched was Child's Play. Being eight years old at the time, she remembers being so scared when Chucky came to life that she projectile vomited. It's tough for her to choose only one movie as her favorite horror film, so she picked two: Nosferatu and The Stepford Wives (1975).

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