With the popularity of shows like American Horror Story and Black Mirror, anthology series seem to be the next big thing in television – and with good reason. The format allows for the integration of new ideas, storylines, and characters to keep audiences engaged and interested.
The first series is based on Kris Straub’s super disturbing story of the same name. The story gained popularity on creepypasta.com and follows Mike Painter (Paul Schneider) as he returns to his childhood home and begins an obsessive investigation into one of the most horrible memories of his young life: the murder of five children and the disappearance of his twin brother. When children begin acting strangely and disappearing again, Mike begins to suspect that there is a connection between the disappearances and a creepy children’s puppet show from his childhood.
Relying on some genuinely disturbing visuals and a nightmarish story, the first episode of the series is more than enough to keep me coming back for more – something that similar series *cough cough* American Horror Story *cough cough* have struggled with as of late.
In this first offering, Channel Zero seems to be avoiding many of the horror tropes have been weighing down many other series and films in the genre as of late. Instead, the show focuses on telling a well-written and nightmare-inducing story.
So is it worth the watch? Yeah, definitely. One episode in and it's got me interested enough to come back for another.
Channel Zero: Candle Cove premieres TONIGHT, October 11th at 9/8C on Syfy.
Episode One: You Have to Go Inside
Air Date: October 11, 2016
Summary: The return of a kids’ TV show from the 1980’s coincides with the disappearance of a young child.
Quick Review: Definitely an interesting start to the series. Good horror visuals and lots of atmosphere setup done well.
4 Stars out of 5