Much like American Horror Story, Channel Zero is a horror anthology series which each season differing from another. Last year, it was Channel Zero: Candle Cove, this year SyFy series returned with Channel Zero: No-End House. Unlike other series that are either based off of books, original screenplays, or graphic novels, this series is based off of Internet-borne stories infamously known as creepypasta (they’re the sames stories that birthed the legend of Slender Man). Unlike American Horror Story, Channel Zero gives a seriously dose of creepy vibes with its visceral, almost nightmare-inducing visuals.
Channel Zero: No-End House is centered upon a haunted house. But this haunted house is unlike any other you’ve ever been in as entering all six rooms will leave you emotionally disturbed (if you even make it through to the other side). The show centers around the protagonist, Margot (Amy Forsyth) a young woman who’s still dealing with the untimely death of her father (John Carroll Lynch). One night, her best friend Jules (Aisha Dee) proposes to go out for the night to help pull her friend out of her dark spot. The two end up in a bar where they meet fellow friend J.D. (Seamus Patterson) and alluring new boy Seth (Jeff Ward) who dare the girls to join them to walk through a haunted house infamous for leaving anyone who enters it utterly disturbed. The two friends agree, and once they enter the house that’s when things go awry.
What follows isn’t necessarily outwardly disturbing per se at first glance, only that the final room of the house brings the group to a neighborhood, much like the one they’re from (almost like an alternate universe of sorts) only that the people who inhabit that place may look like your loved ones, but are far from being those people. (Such as the protagonist Margot seeing her father living there and he’s alive, when in her world he’s dead). At first glance, the people inhabiting the house may appear innocuous but they actually harbor a dark secret. Mere food doesn’t nourish these creatures, rather they feed off of someone’s memories (quite literally, as your memories manifest into either a person or pet and the house’s inhabitants tear into them, devouring every morsel of your past).
The show was directed by Steven Piet (known mostly for the crime mystery Uncle John on Netflix). Channel Zero: No-End House is full of long pans such as the film It Follows, not quite revealing to the viewer right away what exactly it is that we need to be paying attention to. There’s a strange sense of dread in every scene, and the suspense and terror is palpable. The viewer is filled with a terrible sense of unease throughout the whole series, and for some of you less brave folks out there, you may need to sleep with the light on once you’re through with this.
By: Azzurra Nox