Discovery has announced the commission of The Curse of the Highgate Vampire for discovery+.

The Curse of the Highgate Vampire, produced by Big Little Fish Television, is a 1×60 paranormal shock doc that documents a gang of paranormal thrill-seekers as they get themselves deliberately locked inside Highgate Cemetery. During the night they record “bone-chilling paranormal evidence that reignites a 50-year-old investigation.”

Since the 1970s, the Highgate Cemetery has seen reports of bodies rising from graves, strange bite marks appearing on a woman’s neck and sightings of a tall dark figure with red eyes walking amongst the graves. This soon turned the Victorian London graveyard into a vampire hunting ground, with opening tombs, destroying coffins and desecrating corpses.

The Curse of the Highgate Vampire features newly discovered and never-seen-before recordings of David Farrant, the deceased psychic investigator at the centre of the 70s drama, and sheds new light on this extraordinary story. An ensemble cast of historians, paranormal journalists and investigators get together to decode the mysterious hauntings of Highgate.

The documentary will be part of the recently announced Ghostober, Discovery’s first-ever cross-brand, cross-platform Halloween programming offering. Ghostober will include over 50 hours of shows from 14 series and specials globally, with new and exclusive content landing on the service all month long.

Clare Laycock, SVP Planning & Insights, Head of Entertainment at Discovery, said: “The Curse of the Highgate Vampire makes an excellent addition to our discovery+ Ghostober line-up, shedding light on the horrifying events that happened in and around London’s famous Highgate Cemetary and bringing the story into the modern day. It’s absolutely terrifying!”

Mark Procter, Co-Founder and CEO at Big Little Fish Television said: “The legend of the vampire is one of the most enduring genres of horror and this is a stranger than fiction story of a seventies London gripped by fear and hysteria. It’s a fifty-year mystery explored in a film that we’ve really loved getting our teeth stuck into.”

The documentary was ordered for discovery+ by Clare Laycock, commissioned by Charlotte Reid and executive produced by Deirdre Dowling for Discovery. At Big Little Fish Television, the shock doc was executive produced by Mark Procter and Steve Jones and will air globally this autumn.

Jon Creamer

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