Prior to Labor Day weekend, I was given the opportunity to interview Nick Antosca who is the creator, showrunner and executive producer of SYFY’s horror television series, Channel Zero. While each season was a different story, I felt it necessary to watch the first season, Candle Cove, since I abandoned ship halfway through the season. As the show was airing on SYFY, I thought Candle Cove was interesting but, personally, I didn’t have much of a connection with the main character and the story seemed pretty basic. What I did think was that the imagery excelled it above something that would be, quite frankly, forgettable. It also seemed pretty unapologetic when it was dealing with a story that heavily involved children, I admired that as well.
I have read maybe a handful of creepypasta stories, which most of them are fabricated, overindulgent urban legends. There will always be an allure to these types of “spooky stories”. I’m happy with it because it keeps the campfire legends going except now, that campfire is the electronic-white of our computer screens. I decided to go ahead and rewatch Candle Cove from the beginning and while I was happy I did, my feelings towards it didn’t change too much. However, I’ve heard many of my friends and people I know that have said the creepypasta, “No-End House”, was a good one. After internally debating whether I should read the source material or not, I sided with going into the show blind. I waited for Abby, the PR rep for the show, to give me access to what I was thinking would be a couple of episodes to get a feel of this new season that premieres tonight. Instead, I was granted the full season. Having the whole three-day holiday weekend ahead of me, I began the journey into Channel Zero: No-End House.
As I was watching the first episode, I was intrigued with every frame as it unfolded. The first episode is the introduction of the No-End House, which is essentially a house, painted in black, that appears in random places throughout the world. Some say it is an art installation, some say it is a haunted attraction. It is said that anyone who enters the 6th room is never seen again.
I will not spoil the show for you, so stop holding your breath. Episode one of this six-episode series will make most horror fans recall feelings of the excitement of entering a haunted attraction during the Halloween season. The cool night air hitting your bare skin with the sense of unknown is something that entices me to no end (no pun intended). The conversations you have with people in line, all that is represented here. As people are nearing the house, a few isolated people come stumbling out, nauseous and distraught. This, for horror fans of fans of the thrill, only entices us more. It’s in these moments, that unlike Candle Cove, No-End House had me. I was along for the ride.
Amy Forsyth plays our main character, Margot, and quite frankly, she’s pretty damn outstanding. Another outstanding performance is in the always excellent, John Carroll Lynch. What I wasn’t expecting was the following five episodes to give me such paranoia, anxiety and some really heavy emotional material. Television episodes can vary in mood and direction because there is typically more than one director. That is not the case with Channel Zero. One of things that I think works best for this show is that it is one director per series. Steven Piet is the lone director of No-End House. I think this is a huge benefit and while I was aware of a previous film he did called Uncle John, I haven’t seen the film. After seeing this whole series, I will definitely be checking it out sooner than later. Piet and the writers that contribute to No-End House should be proud. I binged the whole series over the weekend (which, may be the best way to view this). No-End House is essentially a 4+ hour horror film that delivers above most horror films reveled in recent memory. It is, without a doubt, one of the best genre entries of 2017. There is pure nightmare fuel in No-End House and I can’t wait for people to see it.
After binging and thinking about the show (I’ve thought about it every week since seeing it), I participated in a short roundtable interview with Nick Antosca and got to ask him a couple of questions that can be found below. By the way, he loved the website name.