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Love and Psychosis in Channel Zero’s The Dream Door

In many ways, The Dream Door is Channel Zero’s weirdest season. The synth score, the clear influence of oddball 1980s drawings-become-reality flick Paperhouse, the one-liners; it’s a challenging season of television, looping from white-knuckle terrifying to goofball black comedy and back around to moments of almost unbearable vulnerability. In its…

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Insanity, Class, and Cannibalism in Channel Zero’s Butcher’s Block

In Channel Zero’s third season, the show pulls back from the claustrophobic focus of its first two and sinks its teeth into the rotting underbelly of American class warfare. Butcher’s Block is broader, bloodier, and funnier than either Candle Cove or No-End House, but while its lens may be wider…

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Eating Grief in Channel Zero’s No-End House

In No-End House, the second season of Nick Antosca’s horror anthology series Channel Zero, memories feed on each other. Visitors to the titular house are preyed upon by parasites in the likenesses of their lost loved ones, idealized selves, and other, more mysterious incarnations of their inner lives. These “cannibals,”…

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The Fight for Endless Childhood in Candle Cove

Candle Cove, the first season of Nick Antosca’s recently canceled Channel Zero anthology horror series, is anchored by a single image: a child-sized figure (Cassandra Consiglio) made of stolen baby teeth. Unnamed and unspeaking, the creature sustains itself by consuming the baby teeth of Iron Hill, Ohio’s children. This idea…

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