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Channel Zero Has Opened ‘The Dream Door’



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.


ABC’s ‘The Whispers’ is Adaptation Done Right

by Anthony Wetmore (@TheMisterPipes, GhostConch)

There’s something strange happening slowly across the world. A low-key, unknown paranormal presence is haunting Earth feeding on what some often yearn for, innocence and to be wholly oblivious to the dark side of human life. Children around the age of 7-9 develop a singular imaginary friend called Drill who is much more than just innocent play.

That is the premise for ABCs The Whispers’  airing Monday nights at 10 PM EST, and it grips with an urgent presence. Based on a short story “Zero Hour”  from Ray Bradbury’s ‘The Illustrated Man’ the show manages to, sometimes too smoothly, stretch and twist the simple and chilling premise into interesting paranormal drama with echoes of ‘The Twilight Zone’ , ’The X-Files’ and previous ABC paranormal drama ventures as Lost’ without all the heavy-handedness and not-so-recent ‘V’ remake with an amplified wisdom of the material they’re handling.

The children featured throughout are endearing and all so oddly calm and on board with a being perhaps not without terrible intentions.  The main cast featuring Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore GirlsHeroes), Barry Sloane (Revenge), Catalina Davis, and Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) rounds out the mood and color of the shows strangely paced consistent bits of revelation.

You can watch the first five minutes of the premiere episode above. If this draws you in the way it does me.

You can catch up with full episodes over at ABC.com and of course at 10PM EST on ABC.

[Video courtesy of: ABC Television Network]