Nick Antosca is tuning us into Channel Zero a little earlier than expected. The fourth season of this under-current SyFy hit is opening ‘The Dream Door’ with its first episode premiering online ahead of the full October 26th release.
Based again on a well known Creepypasta, this time it’s “I found a hidden door…” by Charlotte Bywater. The story as written details the strange discovery of a previously unnoticed door in the basement of a house where a married couple had been living for the last 5 years.
Upon further investigation, they release someone, something, into the world and are left with the notion that it was a grave mistake.
Evidence of strange symbols and dried blood only reinforce the unease the door has brought.
In his usual fashion, Antosca has taken the germ of the story and bred it out into what is sure to be a beautifully horrifying experience.
Tom and Jillian, newly married life long friends, move into Tom’s childhood home after many years of being away.
Renovations, new house sex, a new dog, and friendly gatherings are frozen at the appearance of a door in their basement, seemingly from nowhere.
Tensions rise as secrets are uncovered.
Jillian feels the pressure of Tom’s strange behavior and odd phone calls to a mysterious woman.
Tom reassures his wife, with a certain edge, that nothing is amiss and she is simply projecting unrequited anger she holds for her similarly unfaithful father.
The “Dream Door”, once opened, lets loose a strange entity, taken the form of “Pretzel Jack”, an imaginary friend Jillian birthed as a child through drawings.
Pretzel Jack is not imaginary. Pretzel Jack is no friend.
The first episode, “Ashes On My Pillow”, available now on Syfy.com, unpacks a lot into the old house and leaves much room for even more to be discovered.
Though we will have to wait a little while longer to see what else lurks in the basement of suspicious minds, I for one cannot wait to open the door just a little further.
Channel Zero: The Dream Door, releases all six installments on October 26th through SyFy.com.