Channel Zero is a new horror anthology series, coming out with two six episode seasons, one in the fall of 2016, and one in the fall of 2017. The show will premiere on SyFy.
The show is not just another horror show, and critics were skeptical when they first heard about it, thinking it was just another form of the very popular horror anthology series American Horror Story, but this is something totally different. For example, for this show the storylines are based off of popular “creepypastas” which are scary images or legends that have been moving around the internet. They are always short (which explains only the six episodes and so far only the two season,) but they are mostly ghost or alien stories which really scare their readers which is completely the intention. An example of a “creepypasta” was the internet sensation that freaked everyone out Slender Man and then coming out of that tale was the Slender Man stabbing. There are a bunch more creepypastas out there, and the good thing about them is that the creators always make sure fans know that they are only fake, because people were really scared of them at first. The alien and ghost aspect of them, obviously explains the SyFy network picking it up.
The first round of Channel Zero is based on the creepypasta created by Kris Straub called Candle Cove. This was a totally normal show that aired in the 1970s, about a young girl named Janice who traveled with her friends who were also pirates on a ship called “Laughingstock.” However as the children in the show reminisce about the show, they realize very disturbing and creepy details about Janice’s journey on he boat. For example, the “skin taker,” a skeleton whose goal was to grind children’s skin in his teeth.
In the Channel Zero interpretation a child psychologist comes home to look into the disappearances of his brother and his friends, in the 1980s. The second season is based off of the creepypasta NoEnd House, which is about a man who goes into a haunted house and in order to win a cash prize, he must complete it. Obviously, it is not that simple, and you can find the actual story online where the creepiest things happen in that haunted house to the young man, and what’s even creepier is that when he does finally make it out, everything in his normal home life has changed. We’re not to sure yet what that season will entail since it is a year early, but based off of that story we know it will be pretty creepy.
Both seasons are directed by different people, the first by Craig William Macneill, and the second by Steven Piet. There are two different directors because of the two different creepypasta adaptations the show has to pick up. However, there will probably be big stars in both of them, the first season featuring Paul Schneider and Fiona Shaw.
The first season will air on October 11, 2016, so we can go from being scared on one anthology series American Horror Story, and then we can be even more scared with Channel Zero all in time for Halloween.