Created by Nick Antosca, Syfy’s CHANNEL ZERO is a horror anthology series comprised of self-contained six-episode seasons, with the story line for each season based on popular CreepyPastas. I caught the first two seasons on Shudder and had fun with it. I found it somewhat consume-and-forget TV, but it goes down easy, and it’s pretty well done.
In the first season, “Candle Cove,” a man returns to his hometown to confront his childhood, during which a series of children were murdered and his twin brother went missing. Upon his return, children start disappearing again, with several turning murderous under the spell of a mysterious and wonderfully creepy TV show Candle Cove, which had also aired during the first round of murders.
In the second season, “No-End House,” two young women get mysterious messages inviting them to the No-End House, a traveling attraction that is the stuff of urban legend. There’s far more to it, however. The house is alive, and it wants to feed.
These are competent TV shows though even at six episodes, for me, the first two seasons felt like they were two episodes too long. High marks for genuinely creepy elements, some decent pacing and good acting, and overall interesting stories. Weaker moments involved characters repeatedly making really, really bad decisions.
The third season is out but not on Shudder yet, where I’ve been catching it. The fourth season airs starting October 26, 2018.
Check it out if you’re looking for some fun, light horror packaged in an interesting story.