Syfy's Channel Zero: Candle Cove has been one of the eeriest, most captivating horror series I've seen in a long time, one that resonated well beyond its weekly episodes. Created by Nick Antosca and inspired by the internet urban legend fright tales known as Creepypasta, the first season centered around a nightmarish '80s children's TV show featuring a crew of unsettling puppets bleeding out into the real world with murderous results.
Channel Zero completed its premiere season on Tuesday and Syfy (Disclosure: Parent Company of Blastr) has already finished production of the next odd odyssey, and now we know what macabre material next year's 6-episode shock show will draw from.
According to producer Don Mancini, Season 2 has just wrapped filming for a Fall 2017 return and will be based on the Creepypasta story, The No-End House. Originally written by Brian Russell, it's a terrifying tale of a shape-shifting haunted house and its sinister architecture of paranormal rooms. Amy Forsyth stars as Margot Sleator, a young woman who explores this maniacal mansion with a mind of its own. American Horror Story: Freak Show's Twisty the Clown, John Carroll Lynch, will co-star with director Steven Piet (Uncle John) behind the camera for all six episodes.
Conceived in short story form as a tale of a fearless college grad who enters the No-End House on a challenge, the narrative takes the main character through nine increasingly bizarre and disturbing rooms in an attempt to find the final exit where a $500 prize awaits. Here's a peek into the diabolical Room #6:
There was a little girl. She was wearing a soft, white dress that went down to her ankles. She had long blonde hair to the middle of her back and white skin and blue eyes. She was the most frightening thing I had ever seen, and I know that nothing in my life will ever be as unnerving as what I saw in her. While looking at her, I saw something else. Where she stood I saw what looked like a man’s body, only larger than normal and covered in hair. He was naked from head to toe, but his head was not human and his toes were hooves. It wasn’t the Devil, but at that moment it might as well have been. The form had the head of a ram and the snout of a wolf.
It was horrifying and it was synonymous with the little girl in front of me. They were the same form. I can’t really describe it, but I saw them at the same time. They shared the same spot in that room, but it was like looking at two separate dimensions. When I saw the girl I saw the form, and when I saw the form I saw the girl. I couldn’t speak. I could barely even see. My mind was revolting against what it was attempting to process. I had been scared before in my life and I had never been more scared than when I was trapped in the fourth room, but that was before room six. I just stood there, staring at whatever it was that spoke to me. There was no exit. I was trapped here with it. And then it spoke again.
Okay, so it's not exactly early Lovecraft or classic King, but it does have a certain spartan immediacy to it and no doubt the producers are using the Creepypasta property only as a launching point for their adaptation. Listen to the entire story narrated in the player below and tell us if you think The No-End House might surpass the pure terror generated by Syfy's Candle Cove.
(Via Bloody Disgusting)