Channel Zero (2016 series)

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Summary

  • Candle Cove (2016) - A child psychologist returns to his small town home to investigate the mysterious disappearance of his twin brother and a slew of other children in the 1980s, and how it is connected to a bizarre local children's television show that aired at the same time.
  • The No-End House (2017) - A young woman visits the No-End House, a bizarre house of horrors that consists of a series of increasingly disturbing rooms. When she returns home, Margot realizes everything has changed.
  • Butcher's Block (2018) - A pair of troubled young sisters move into a new town where people have been disappearing in a mystery involving a mysterious staircase to nowhere in the city park, and an older mystery involving the mysterious disappearance of the eccentric family whose mansion stood on that spot decades before.
  • The Dream Door (2018) - A newlywed couple moving back to their home are forced to deal with their rocky marriage when they discover a mysterious and impossible door that appeared overnight in their basement wall.


Details

  • Release Date: 2016-present
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Drama, Horror, Mystery, urban legend and creepypasta
  • Setting: 1980s and Modern USA
  • Runtime: (generally formatted for a 1-hour US commercial television slot)
  • Starring: Abigail Pniowsky, Keenan Lehmann, Amy Forsyth
  • Creator: Nick Antosca
    • "Candle Cove" by Kris Straub
    • "No End House" by Brian Russell
    • "Search and Rescue Woods" by Kerry Hammond
    • "I Found a Hidden Door in my Cellar" by Charlotte Bywater
  • Producer/Production Co: Universal Cable Productions
  • View Trailer: (2016), (2017)
  • Film Website: (link)
  • TVTropes: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (perhaps equivalent to a TV-PG for Violence, and occasional mild Profanity and Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; similar in tone)

The first season had at least a few elements of paranoid cosmic horror. The "creepypasta" genre the series anthologizes is, arguably, a modern descendant of the sort of weird pulp horror that Lovecraft helped to create, and in general "creepypasta" borrows and updates a lot of the conventions of pulp horror into a modern, mobile-technology-driven, typically suburban middle-class setting.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

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Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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  • Candle Cove (2016) - A child psychologist returns to his small town home to investigate the mysterious disappearance of his twin brother and a slew of other children in the 1980s, and how it is connected to a bizarre local children's television show that aired at the same time.
  • The No-End House (2017) - A young woman visits the No-End House, a bizarre house of horrors that consists of a series of increasingly disturbing rooms. When she returns home, Margot realizes everything has changed.
  • Butcher's Block (2018) - A pair of troubled young women move into a new town where people have been disappearing in a mystery involving a mysterious staircase to nowhere in the city park, and an older mystery involving the mysterious disappearance of the eccentric family whose mansion stood on that spot decades before.
  • The Dream Door (2018) - A newlywed couple moving back to their home are forced to deal with their rocky marriage when they discover a mysterious and impossible door that appeared overnight in their basement wall.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • film: the premise of the Channel Zero: No-End House 2017 season appears to be a variation on that from the (not very Lovecraftian) 2012 film Toad Road (perhaps they were based on the same urban legend/creepypasta?)


Associated Mythos Elements

  • TO DO
  • location: portals to the Dreamlands, Other Side
  • race: "Tooth Monster", bizarre puppets, grotesque dwarfs, cancer-monsters, and other assorted and off-beat monsters
  • tome: the post-modern version of found video tapes and video games


Keeper Notes

  • The investigators are called in to investigate a series of bizarre crimes involving children claiming to be acting under the influence of sinister "invisible friends" and a disturbing "children's" television program that doesn't seem to exist which plays over the static of a television station that isn't even on the air.