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Channel Zero - Season One: Candle Cove (Blu-Ray)
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From the creator of ‘Hannibal’ comes one of the most terrifying and talked about series of recent years. Child psychologist Mike Painter has ever-growing suspicions that a TV show called ‘Candle Cove’ may have played a role in a series of nightmarish events from his childhood, including the disappearance of his twin brother in the summer of 1988. When he returns home to investigate what happened all those years ago, Mike finds out that it - whatever it was - may be happening again.
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The best TV show of 2016 --Blumhouse.com
A combination of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Twin Peaks --Collider
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It's horror is slow, subtle, to my taste the way horror should be.
The one star missing is due to the at times pretty hamfisted acting and some badly developed storylines.
Overall though, it had athmosphere in spades and I loved it.
If you like it, watch the second season "No-End House" as well, it's very good and I consider it an improvement on the forst series. It's an anthology series, so season 2 is totally unrelated to the first season.
The story skips back and forth between 1988 and present day and focuses on a strange show called Candle Cove and a series of murders linked to the show. When the show returns to air again after its brief stint in the 80s, it conveniently coincides with a child going missing. What follows is an unfolding story that merges past and present, shedding light on what happened to Mike (Paul Schneider) and his friends in 1988 and more importantly, what the return of Candle Cove means for the residents of this town in the present time. The story itself is well paced and with a relatively small budget, there are grounds to be really creative with the creature design and thankfully Channel Zero pulls it off.
Its worth noting here that from the off, there’s a real understanding in how to maximise horror without devolving into showing buckets of blood or overuse jump scares. In fact, neither are evident through the six episodes. Instead, long, agonising camera shots are used throughout with an underlying string-heavy score to really accentuate what’s happening on-screen. The practical effects are really impressive too; with a profound lack of CGI it brings a sense of realism sorely lacking from many of today’s horrors. Combined with an excellent use of lighting and some hypnotically disturbing imagery for the TV show Candle Cove, Channel Zero really nails its aesthetic. There’s a sense of familiarity here that reminds me a lot of the early 90s/late 90s and I think a lot of this stems from an understanding of the genre and combining that with a suffocating level of tension and dread throughout.
If there’s one thing Channel Zero doesn’t nail it’s the acting. Whilst the plot moves along at a good pace and the episodes themselves feature a good build up of horror, the characters don’t always fit in with the story. There’s a real lack of chemistry between some characters and a lot of the supporting cast don’t always nail their lines. It’s a shame too but the monotone reading of the script really does drag some elements of the show down. Whilst it isn’t inherently bad, it’s just noticeable enough to be a distraction without detracting too much from this season.
It’s fair to say that Channel Zero manages to pull off a really impressive first season. Whilst it isn’t scary enough to warrant hiding behind the sofa, the build up of tension and excellent execution allows for the maximum amount of dread to be exploited. Some of the imagery is genuinely disturbing, and its helped by using practical effects throughout. The acting is a little disappointing at times but the plot moves along at a decent enough pace that its easy to overlook any shortcomings here. With another 3 seasons promised, Syfy have managed to pull off a decent little horror anthology that’s as charming as it is disturbing. It’ll be interesting to see where they go in its second season and beyond but based on this showing, it’s certainly an exciting prospect.
This is how you do a anthology horror series the proper way
1/2 Friday the 13th The Series and 1/2 Stephen King's "IT" tv mini series
Channel Zero: Candle Cove is refreshing and creepy
Based off the creepy pasta stories SyFy did a brilliant thing and commissioned various stories from online forum to create
Channel Zero season one is based off Candle Cove
the concept around Candle Cove is downright bizarre but, also very creative and haunting
Just the idea of a kids show that airs on different channels but, really is 30 minutes of dead air/static is off putting
everything about this series works it's a true throwback to the 1980's
As soon as the series begins something feels very "off"
It has that same feel as Stephen King's "IT"
A strange feel of dread
all the cast looks like real everyday people Not GQ Models
almost everything is practical f/x
except maybe the creature made out of human teeth some of that could be digital but, it looks organic
Watch the pilot and tell me it didn't bother you or make you feel unnerved in any way..............
If you love real Horror from the 1970's to the late 1990's you'll really enjoy this
It's really like nothing else on all of tv 10/10
It's a must watch for horror fans. I can't wait for season 2,3 and 4!!!
As this Second Sight release will come with no subtitles whatsoever (I emailed the distributor & they confirmed it will come with no subtitles), I’ve cancelled my preorder. The USA region 1 Universal release came with English SDH subtitles when it was released last month. If u require subtitles & have an unlocked/multiregional DVD player capable of playing USA region 1 imports then import the American Universal release instead.
In 2017 it's a joke that DVDs are still being issued without optional HOH subtitles. They were subtitled on the TV, most distributors such as Acorn, 2 Entertainment, Spirit Entertainment etc almost always manage to subtitle their releases. Where other certain distributors consistently don't even when in many cases, the same film/TV series has already received a release by a different distributor in the USA with subtitles. If most can issue releases with subtitles, what's the excuse of the few?
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