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|Created by||Ricardo Festiva
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Haxan Films
20th Century Fox Television
|Original release||October 6, 2000– June 22, 2001|
FreakyLinks is an American television show that combined elements of horror, mystery, and comedy. It aired on the Fox Network from October 2000 until June 2001, for a total run of 13 episodes. The feel of the show closely modeled that of The X-Files and other supernatural-themed shows that were popular at the time.
In 2008, the series was aired on Chiller.
It can also be seen on the Canadian ONE channel.
Setting and plot
FreakyLinks centered on Derek Barnes (played by Ethan Embry), a resident of Orlando, Florida who ran a website called "FreakyLinks.com" that sought out the dark and forbidden truths behind paranormal phenomena and urban legends, assisted by his friends Lan (Lizette Carrion), Jason (Karim Prince), and Chloe (Lisa Sheridan), his brother Adam's fiancee.
Derek took over investigations after his twin brother, Adam (the proprieter of a more serious paranormal website called "OccultResearch.com"), died under mysterious circumstances; a mysterious stranger by the name of Vince Elsing (Dennis Christopher), who claimed to have been the subject of strange scientific tests that left him with paranormal abilities, occasionally contacted Derek with information about Adam. The show's episodes revolved around Derek and his friends investigating supernatural claims for the website and uncovering clues that reveal the truth of his brother's fate.
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FreakyLinks (originally titled "Fearsum" until a few months before airing) was developed by Haxan, creators of the film The Blair Witch Project, and screenwriter David S. Goyer. The talents of Haxan were highly sought after following the then-recent success of Blair Witch that had taken the entertainment industry by surprise.
Haxan decided to follow a similar marketing strategy as Blair Witch and created a website, long before the show was set to air, called "Freakylinks.com" which was cleverly designed to look like an amateurish, home-brew website made by real-life paranormal enthusiasts.
The website was fairly successful and seemed to create some amount of "buzz" but this did not translate into high ratings when the show finally aired. The show went on hiatus for a few months before returning the air to finish out the season, but was not renewed for the next fall television season. The web domain has since been registered to a Cayman Islands domain registration company.
- Ethan Embry - Derek Barnes / Adam Barnes
- Lisa Sheridan - Chloe Tanner
- Karim Prince - Jason Tatum
- Lizette Carrión - Lan Williams
- Dennis Christopher - Vince J. Elsing
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production code|
|1||"Subject: Fearsum"||Todd Holland||Gregg Hale,
David S. Goyer
|October 6, 2000||1AEF79|
|Derek, with his friends Jason and Lan, is the producer of freakylinks.com — a website devoted to paranormal events, creatures, and stories. Derek took over the website after his twin brother, Adam, mysteriously committed suicide. One year later, Derek receives a video clip that shows Adam may be alive. With the help of Jason, Lan, and Adam's girlfriend Chloe, Derek sets out to learn the truth about his brother's death.|
|2||"Subject: Three Thirteen"||Stephen Cragg||Michael R. Perry||October 13, 2000||1AEF02|
|The Freakylinks group investigate a pregnant woman who believes that she is possessed. Derek is doubtful, and takes the case only because the site needs money. However, several unexplained events lead Derek to accept that the possession may be real. As the manifestations escalate, the team needs to race against the clock to solve the case before something happens to the woman or her baby.|
|3||"Subject: Edith Keeler Must Die"||David Straiton||Juan Carlos Coto||October 20, 2000||1AEF03|
|The Freakylinks trio heads to New York City to explore a lead that they suspect will confirm that an undiscovered race of humans live in the city's subway tunnels. Derek and Jason, however, stumble upon an unexplainable string of attacks and disappearances and the crew come to suspect that these heretofore undiscovered beings could be more than human.|
|4||"Subject: Coelacanth This!"||Jefery Levy||Garrett Lerner,
|October 27, 2000||1AEF01|
|Returning from a fruitless attempt to find proof of the existence of Bigfoot, the Freakylinks group comes across a town that appears to be guarding the secret behind a series of deaths that dates back nearly 150 years. All of the deaths have occurred in the woods that surround the town of Owensmouth. Strangely, the sheriff of the locals offers no help in the investigation. Derek, Jason, and Chloe come to discover that there may be a prehistoric pterodactyl lurking in the woods that has successfully remained hidden for years.|
|5||"Subject: Desert Squid! Myth or Legend?"||Scott Lautanen||Garrett Lerner,
|November 3, 2000||1AEF04|
|A mysterious tentacled animal is mutilating livestock in the New Mexico desert. Although the local police decide to treat the "Desert Squid" as a hoax, Derek and the Freakylinks crew suspect that there is something behind the mutilations.|
|6||"Subject: The Harbingers"||Jay Tobias||Juan Carlos Coto||January 5, 2001||1AEF05|
|The Freakylinks group head out to Cassadega, Fla., to investigate a group of psychics. However, they find a greater evil lurking within the small town. Derek learns his dead brother, Adam, may have come upon the town prior to his untimely death. As the evil forces begin the dissipate, Derek races with the clock to discover the secret before it's too late.|
|7||"Subject: Still I Rise"||Joe Napolitano||Adisa Iwa||January 12, 2001||1AEF06|
|Folks start seeing "Elvis-like" sightings of a rapper believed to have been gunned down. Derek and the group investigate and learn the rapper is really alive and faked his death to avoid supernatural pursuers. The group try to solve the mystery and protect the rapper at the same time. They must discover whether there is truth in his claims or whether this rapper is his own worst enemy.|
|8||"Subject: Me and My Shadow"||Thomas J. Wright||Mark Verheiden||January 19, 2001||1AEF07|
|Through her counseling, Chloe meets a boy who is afraid of his own shadow. Literally. He is convinced that there is some evil presence that lurks in his shadow and that it is coming after him. Chloe treats this as a psychological problem at first, but before long she sees some things that even she can't explain away.|
|9||"Subject: The Stone Room"||David Grossman||Juan Carlos Coto||January 26, 2001||1AEF08|
|Derek heads for Baltimore, Maryland, to help Jason investigate supernatural strangeness at his estranged father's law firm.|
|10||"Subject: Live Fast, Die Young"||David M. Barrett||Michael R. Perry||June 1, 2001||1AEF10|
|Derek and the gang discover a group of "adrenaline vampires," after watching footage of a man jumping off a bridge 200 feet high and landing unharmed.|
|11||"Subject: Police Siren"||Randy Miller||Adisa Iwa||June 8, 2001||1AEF11|
|A police video shows a woman was in the rear of a car just before it exploded, but the only body at the scene is that of the officer who tried to rescue her.|
|12||"Subject: Sunrise at Sunset Streams"||Bill L. Norton||Russel Friend,
|June 15, 2001||1AEF09|
|To secure money for Chloe, Derek lies and denies the potential presence of a mythical creature at a retirement community. Then, a sudden death forces him to come clean.|
|13||"Subject: The Final Word"||David Straiton||Mark Verheiden||June 22, 2001||1AEF12|
|The FreakyLinks crew is at the center of a news investigation that follows them as they attempt to exonerate a murder suspect by proving that the true culprit was anything but human.|