Oct 15, 2019
Vincent D’Onofrio and Avan Jogia in the first episode of “Ghost Wars,” which premieres Thursday at 10 p.m. on Syfy (Syfy/NBCUniversal).

New Syfy series ‘Ghost Wars’ is not for the faint of heart

What do ghosts and a rock ‘n’ roller have in common? Those who tune in to Syfy’s upcoming series “Ghost Wars” may soon discover there are more similarities than they think.

“Ghost Wars” tells the story of a series of gruesome murders that plunge the town of Port Moore, Alaska, into terror.

Vincent D’Onofrio, who many will recognize from his recent role as Kingpin in Netflix’s “Daredevil,” stars in the series. D’Onofrio plays a priest charged with comforting parishioners caught in the middle of the town’s violence.

D’Onofrio indicated that the pace of the show is not for the faint of heart.

“There are these relentless events that constantly happen through every episode,” D’Onofrio said. “Not only is that going on, but each person is being affected in an emotional way.”

At the center of the mysterious violence is Roman Mercer, played by Avan Jogia. Mercer has the ability to see and communicate with dead people (just like “The Sixth Sense,” as Mercer points out in the first episode).

Despite this common retread in ghost stories, Jogia said that the reason he was attracted to this show was because of its uniqueness.

“I’ve always been a fan of genre and turning genre on its head and taking it to the limits that it can be taken,” Jogia said. “This show definitely does that.”

Meat Loaf stars alongside D’Onofrio and Jogia, and is best known in film for his role as Eddie in the 1975 cult hit, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” He is also a best-selling musician, having sold over 80 million records worldwide.

In “Ghost Wars,” Meat Loaf portrays a vocal member of the church. In the first released promo for the series, D’Onofrio’s preacher refers to the murders as “holy sh**” in a sermon, to which Meat Loaf’s character loudly proclaims them to be “unholy sh**.”

“[This character] is so well written that I can take him as deep as the deepest part of any ocean in the world,” Meat Loaf said. “I have that many levels to him.”

Meat Loaf was happy to pass on a bit of interesting advice for up-and-coming actors that he learned from fellow actor, Michael Keaton. Keaton and Meat Loaf starred together in the 1987 film, “The Squeeze.”

Meat Loaf explained that it was better for him as an actor to only be aware of his lines of the script in order to attain a more real sense for the work.

“I don’t read the scripts,” Meat Loaf said. “For all you young actors out there, it’s about the truth, always.”

“Ghost Wars” premieres Thursday at 10 p.m. on Syfy.

Brandon Rowe interviewed the cast of “Ghost Wars” at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

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