Zombies on Ramsay Street – New Neighbours Horror Web Series

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As part of an initiative to support YouTube content creators, Screen Australia are funding a five-part web series that will see the cast of Neighbours face a zombie apocalypse.

The supernatural series is the bizarre brainchild of Neighbours production company FremantleMedia and 26-year-old Aussie vlogger Louna Maroun, who currently manages three YouTube channels with 140,000 subscribers in total. According to her, we can expect more humour than horror:

”It’s just poking fun. It will be really tongue in cheek. It won’t freak everyone out. I’m hoping to see a lot of comedy, as that’s what I do best.”

5d279093914bcb1f555a129ea8f13b7eMaroun has some experience of the comedy horror genre behind her already: in addition to music, beauty tutorials and a day-to-day video blog, her past videos have included a Frankenweenie spoof and various Halloween specials.

“There’s a huge fanbase for the zombie genre,” she said. “It’s so fresh and amazing that [FremantleMedia] are willing to do this sort of thing. It’s just a fan dream.”

Alicia Hamilton, FremantleMedia Australia‘s Director of Digital Content, added:

“We were really impressed by the content [Louna] was producing on her YouTube channels and thought it would add a new dimension to this extension of Neighbours.”

Maroun will be just one of five lucky YouTubers to benefit from Screen Australia’s Skip Ahead scheme, which is offering funding of up to $100,000 for each individual project. Applicants must have “a substantial existing subscriber base” however: that’s a minimum of 100,000 subscribers for a single channel or a combined total of 120,000 across two should a pair of young creatives wish to team up.

Plot details are yet to be revealed, though the Radio Times is speculating about the possible zombie resurrection of certain dead Neighbours characters (zombie Madge, anyone?). Perhaps in keeping with the show’s usual spirit, we’ll be seeing an invasion of nice, neighbourly corpses: everybody now, “that’s when good zombies become good friends.”

You can follow Louna Maroun on Twitter and Facebook.

Sources: The Radio Times | The Sunday Morning Herald

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