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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.

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House of Leaves Pilot Script Teases New Ways to Warp Storytelling

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Having as high a regard and reverence as the novel, House of Leaves has, it would seem eminent that television would try and swallow it whole, regurgitating some vague semblance of the experience so many of us have, and still are going on.

Mark Z. Danielewski is having none of that.

A short month ago, first in a Facebook discussion group, then to the wider world, Danielewski revealed a pilot script for a recently defunct attempt at bringing House of Leaves to the small streaming screen. Disagreement abound, the project (for now?) has come to a halt, but the germ of the idea has been planted.

Fans and critics alike have been swept up in the unsurprisingly ambitious turn that the pilot script has taken. Much like current “peak” television, Danielewski has crafted a pilot that is beyond description. Distilling the tones contained in which is sure to go down as his Magnum Opus, MZD shows a deft hand at mediums beyond literature ad photography.

For those familiar, MZD has been hard and fast on “if you want to see the movie, read the book.”

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St. Vincent Album Speculation – Fan Frothing – Etc.

With her debut, Marry Me, Annie Clark (St. Vincent) painted a pastel picture rife with an inky-black rage, though perhaps suburban frustration. Her second album, Actor, saw a release in tension, but a tight focus on the blaring ennui that is life, a fairy tale with bloody consequences. Strange Mercy, I would argue her most personal record to date wound through glimmering tales of shadowy triumph and rebellion. Her latest, St. Vincent (self-titled), paints a picture of Ms. Clark we were not previously privy to, that of her as a Future Queen, mining a realm of diamond-encrusted microchips and leaving few standing in her wake.

The tremors of a new album coming out, rumored collaboration with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, among others, along with the release of her directorial debut on the upcoming all female horror anthology film ’XX’, Annie has been busy. A snippet of a new song, which I will call, for lack of title “New York is New York”, gives us a taste of what she may have in store, a sweet, yet chilling tune with lyrics that are as likely to embrace you as break your neck. There is promise for bigger and brighter darkness to come from the established guitar virtuoso. It is unclear which direction she will take this new album in. Having always made the guitar scream, weep or laugh at her whim, she has let the synthetic seep in, adding yet another layer to her very varied discography. We may see a further merging of the two in new and exciting ways, and perhaps a sprinkling of horns found both on Actor and her joint project Love This Giant with David Byrne of the Talking Heads. Whatever it is Clark has cooking up for us, it is sure to please the ear, put a lurch in your stomach and tug at your heart strings in one fell swoop.

More information coming as we get it. Stick to Nerd Hall for more music news.

Fiction Crosses Over

A new documentary detailing the events in the case of the Slenderman Stabbing is set to premiere on HBO on the 23rd January of next year.

For those unfamiliar, in 2014, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, both age 12 were accused for stabbing Peyton Leutner a total of nineteen times in sacrifice to now iconic e-myth Slenderman.

 Slenderman, a long tall man-like being, often depicted in a suit believed to steal children, or more modernly; to methodically harass and confuse ad-infinitum. A creature born from a creative writing exercise, developed into creepy pastas, YouTube series, and even a semi-professional movie. 

Slenderman is enchantingly mysterious and fierce, with the added bonus of being able to scramble camera footage, a true modern horror. This is why Geyser and Weier were so enthralled and dangerously obsessive. 

While we wait for January 23rd, you can take a look at the trailer below and delve into the numerous articles available about the case. 

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Blair Witch Revealed to be the true nature of ‘The Woods’

Just yesterday at the San Diego Comic-con it was revealed that upcoming horror movie ‘The Woods’ is actually meant to be a sequel to the much loved and highly contended Blair Witch Project that broke the horror movie mold roughly twenty years ago. 

Taking the horror world by storm with it’s subtle found footage style as well as intensely guarded and clever marketing tactics, The Blair Witch Project continues to be unrivaled in the genre it so gracefully defined. 

Now, with Adam Wingard (The Guest, VHS) at the helm, Blair Witch seeks to bring the myth to a new audience promising a terrifying new twist on what found footage is meant to be. 

The story places the brother of Heather Donahue, one of the missing from the first film, and friends back in the woods where a tape is found, hinting that Heather may not be dead after all this time.

This impetus for filming, along with a third act that is purported to turn what we think of as found footage as a genre on its ear, seems to be promising, but cannot be taken without a grain of salt. 

The original, personally, I find untouchable in terms of sheer terror and effectiveness. This sequel has a lot riding on it and though the current reviews are raving, I will hold out on expectations until I can see it for myself.

There is an air of suspicion here, as we have seen time and again that films in the horror genre, at least within the current trend, rely heavily on guerrilla marketing, vague but effective imagery, and countless endorsements. 

If this is to uphold the honor and spirit of The Blair Witch Project and all that it has given birth to in the following years, it will surely be a worthy spectacle. I can’t help but feel a pang of intense doubt within me as time and time again I have been mislead by modern horror. 

Perhaps this time that’s what they want me to think?

Blair Witch comes to theaters on September 16th, you can watch the trailer below.

We’ll keep our eye on any new information that comes to light, stick with Nerd Hall for all things Blair Witch, and of course pop culture, music, news, and the occasional amusement.