Channel Zero: Season One Candle Cove (2016) Review
My Bloody Reviews Verdict 5

Channel Zero: Season One Candle Cove (2016) Review Child psychologist Mike Painter (Paul Schneider) is growing increasingly suspicious that children’s TV show 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 Mike returns home to ..

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Channel Zero: Season One Candle Cove (2016) Review

Channel Zero: Season One Candle Cove (2016) Review

Child psychologist Mike Painter (Paul Schneider) is growing increasingly suspicious that children’s TV show 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 Mike returns home to investigate what happened all those years ago, he soon discovers that whatever caused the horror before, may be happening again.

With TV programming geared towards being more franchise-based nowadays (think Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Stranger Things) it came as no surprise to find out that the production team behind Channel Zero have the same aspirations. In researching this title I discovered that there’s already a second, third and fourth season already in the works – entitled The No-End House, Butcher’s Block and Hidden Door respectively. All are inspired by blog posts from a site called Creepypasta. Created by Nick Antosca Channel Zero looks to be aping the American Horror Story format of using the same cast each season to star in a different story and play different characters.

Candle Cove, the first season, hardly gets things off to a rollicking start. At just six episodes, each of around forty-four minutes in length, there’s nothing that grabs until a sudden burst of violence surprises in episode three. Unfortunately it fails to capitalise on that moment remaining distinctly average and occasionally muddled. Having someone return back to their childhood home – a place where something terrible occurred only for everything to kick-off again in their presence – is hardly new. In fact another TV series – The Kettering Incident – did the very same thing recently but did so with more gumption, making the what could of been a tired formulaic plot dazzle.

Candle Cove is by-the-numbers and formulaic which is at odds with the savage bloody moments that happen, involving children, that are genuinely unsettling. Also the initial set-up is rather confused, as if the scriptwriters didn’t know how to start the ball rolling. I appreciate that the makers aimed towards rolling out plot reveals and twists to keep viewers on their toes, but by withholding so much upfront the chances are that you give up watching early on. If I had caught this on TV I probably wouldn’t have got further than the second episode.

 

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