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post #1 of 51
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Anyone else curious about this new show which starts on Syfy next week (October 11th), and is apparently based on this creepypasta story?

 

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 A child psychologist (Paul Schneider) returns to his small town home to investigate the mysterious disappearance of his twin brother and a slew of other children in the 1980s, and how it is connected to a bizarre local children's television show that aired at the same time.

 

It's got some pretty decent talent behind and in front of the camera, and the trailers are deliciously creepy.

 

 

 

post #2 of 51
I definitely want to check it out. Does SyFy stream on Hulu or any other services?
post #3 of 51
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Hmmm. Not sure, but I've read elsewhere that it'll be on Amazon Prime which is the route I'll be taking to see it. 

post #4 of 51

Yeah, definitely going to watch this. Intriguing that they spend the big reveal at the end of the story in the trailer, but then, it certainly wouldn't work as a big reveal on a series.

post #5 of 51
Easily the most unsettling thing here is the implication that the spirit world most closely resembles a Sid & Marty Krofft show.
post #6 of 51
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I'm surprised more kids didn't have nightmares after watching Land Of The Lost, to be honest.

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EDIT: Wrong thread!

post #8 of 51

Isn't Creepypasta the site with all the really awful writing?

post #9 of 51

Yes, it's unique on the internet in that way.

post #10 of 51
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Yes, it's unique on the internet in that way.

Touche.

post #11 of 51
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I won't disagree that a lot of it is trash but I wouldn't write it off completely. I think the core Slender Man idea was pretty good, for example, and the story on which this show is based is pretty effective due to its relatively short length and the format used by the author. 

post #12 of 51
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I think the core Slender Man idea was pretty good,
No it wasn't.
post #13 of 51

They picked the best one to adapt, I think. Candle Cove is legitimately creepy, utilizes the fact of reading it on the internet in an appropriate way, and is blessedly short and straightforward. Whether they're able to flesh it out effectively should be interesting.

post #14 of 51
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No it wasn't.

 

A faceless, otherworldly being with malign intent toward children, seemingly captured only on film or photograph, doesn't seem any less valid in concept to that of Freddy Krueger to me. Hell, there's got to be a reason he spread from being a work of fiction on an internet site, and into both film and video games, as well as inspiring real-life murders. 

 

No, I can't believe today is the day I defended Slender Man on the internet either.

post #15 of 51
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No it wasn't.

From the little I understand (my young nephews are super into this creepypasta stuff) he's your basic boogeyman, so if not especially original, it doesn't seem there's anything particularly bad about the idea either.

I did, on the other hand, read the "Candle Cove" short today out of curiosity, and I thought it was pretty well done. Short, straightforward, escalated nicely, and did capture the idea of mentally excavating some unsettling childhood memory.

Don't know how that would work as TV, but the core concept might fit in nicely with the wave of Proustian member berries pop culture is indulging at the moment.

That goddamn tooth monster or whatever is something else, anyway. I wonder if that's actually part of the adaptation or just to set the tone of the show in promos.
post #16 of 51
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Originally Posted by MrSaxon View Post

A faceless, otherworldly being with malign intent toward children, seemingly captured only on film or photograph, doesn't seem any less valid in concept to that of Freddy Krueger to me. Hell, there's got to be a reason he spread from being a work of fiction on an internet site, and into both film and video games, as well as inspiring real-life murders.
The reason he spread is because we live in an age where creating, tending, and catering to flocks of memesheep is an entire cottage industry. The core concept of Slenderman is "hey guys let's make another goddamn SomethingAwful Photoshop thread where we all do the exact same thing over and over, forever;" everything about the material screams "assembled by committee out of scraps of actually scary things in an attempt to engineer ghoulishness." I've read plenty of unnerving stories on the Internet that have had me checking behind my shoulder on dark nights (and yes, that includes creepypasta, which does indeed produce some good material, like the bit in the OP, in with all the chaff,) but I have never once been even moderately creeped out by the whole Slenderman manufactured-phenomenon.
post #17 of 51
If you watched the original Marble Hornets clips, before Slenderman had internet cache, it was plenty creepy.
post #18 of 51
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Arjen gets it.

 

(I understand what you're saying, though, CJ.)

 

post #19 of 51

I'm a fan too, broadly speaking.  I wasn't scared or anything, but the original concept has a quality that grabs the imagination.  Those original photoshops are great too;  grainy film, his indistinct form, the prose that didn't say too much.  It's cool.

It's beaten to death now, of course.  But that's partly testament to how catchy it is.

post #20 of 51
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(Muzman gets it.)

post #21 of 51

I think Slenderman is as creepy as any of those 'pastas', as far as that goes. 

post #22 of 51
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I thought this was an interesting beginning although, whilst I admire the show's restraint by keeping the initial horror elements to a minimum in order to build dread going forward, I can already forsee that some will complain that it's too slow. It probably doesn't help that the main cliffhanger of the first episode is essentially the ending of the original Creepypasta story and so, for 50% of the audience who have already read the source material, the twist doesn't exactly hit. Still, there's plenty of potential and I'm looking forward to how they expand on that original tale for the remaining five episodes.

post #23 of 51
I like the tone of this show a lot (first ep is free on Amazon by the way). I find most Sci-Fi channel stuff deeply uninteresting, this would be the first full season order I've made from them in a long time. Good stuff, and perfect October viewing.
post #24 of 51
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I definitely want to check it out. Does SyFy stream on Hulu or any other services?
SyFy has its own app on XBOX One.

Liked the start. Kids shows with puppets are always creepy. Twins are a plus cuz you know the other one is still alive or they switched or some twist.
post #25 of 51

I just watched the first episode and I am definitely hooked.  There is a sustained feeling of doom almost through the entire thing.  It would probably be unbearable if tried to watch this show while suffering from a fever.

post #26 of 51

That got really weird really quickly. I know jack shit about Creepypasta, so maybe I could have expected this if I had some history with it.

post #27 of 51

Second episode sustains the weirdness, that's for sure.  The tooth creature and the giant puppet were great, but I was most unsettled by the main character calling his daughter; with her peering into that darkened doorway as the conversation takes a surreal turn.  This nightmarish imagery is really striking a chord with me.  Show continues to look fantastic as well.

post #28 of 51
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Yeah, I'm really digging the minimalist approach to the show's visuals. You've also got to admire a horror show that allows for a slow build-up rather than just throwing everything at the screen during the first episode. 

post #29 of 51

MrSaxon gets it.

Arjen gets it.

Muzman gets it.

I had it but they said to either pay for it or put it back...

post #30 of 51

Anybody else still on board here?

 

I'm mostly OK with the slow burn approach - from the very first frames, this show has been selling atmosphere, first and foremost - but I'll admit, I was starting to get a bit impatient with the narrative flow.  This week's episode offered some revelations that seemed to kick things into a higher gear though.  Hell of an ending.  Unsettling and brutal.  

post #31 of 51
I need to catch up with this - I caught the first episode a few days ago and it was pretty damn good, though some of the gorey bits in the flashbacks suffer from that problem where what they put on the screen is never as disturbing as what my imagination can imply without being shown. At any rate, I love the slow pace and looming sense of dread here. Wish we got more of that in this era of generic zombie junk and torture porn.

(Also, I was terribly disappointed that they didn't take the cue from the original piece and do an Ed Wynn voice for the ship, because that would've made it ten times more disturbing. The "Mexican Cartoon Peter Lorre" voice for the one bad guy was pretty good though.)
post #32 of 51

Yeah, I am putting off this week's episode. It's not the slow burn, but something else I can't put my finger on, that's failing to get me invested. I really like aspects of it, but I find myself unengaged. Maybe it's too close to AHS in the way the narrative seems to be unfolding that's turning me off.

post #33 of 51
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Still watching (and I'll agree about the end of this week's episode which was wonderfully horrific) but I can completely understand anyone whose patience has been tested by the slow build. It kind of feels as though it's taken four episodes to reach where In The Mouth Of Madness arrived at after five minutes. Still, I appreciate what it's attempting (as slow as it is) and there have been some imagery here that's legitimately gotten under my skin. 

 

Am I alone in not finding the Tooth Child (I don't know if he/it has an actual name) that scary, though? I was reading a forum filled with people saying they find it too unsettling (with one person stating that they'd been interested in the show until they saw a photo of the Tooth Child but the sight of him ensured they wanted nothing to do with Channel Zero). It's a unique looking creature, sure, but I don't really find it horrific

post #34 of 51

I think its sound is more creepy than its look. If that is truly unsettling for people, I could point them towards some things that would prevent them from sleeping for days.

post #35 of 51

Any frustrations I may have had with the way the narrative was starting to sag were completely erased this week.  The finale really delivers.  I can't help but come full circle with the Lynch comps we were all making after the first episode, since they opt to go the Black Lodge route for the climax.  I'd probably be annoyed if it weren't so perfectly executed.  

 

The series as a whole: It gets a big recommendation from me.  This format is aces; six episodes is just right (although they probably could have gotten away with less).  Judging by the trailer we got at the end, it looks like season 2 is in the bag.  I'm definitely in. 

post #36 of 51
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Yeah, I thought they did a good job at tying everything together for the finale. Initially, I wasn't overly keen on how they expanded on the existing story but, by the final two episodes, I really came around on it. They even came up with an explanation for the Tooth Child (Tooth Fairy?) that I quite liked. 

 

Apparently the second season will be based on the CreepyPasta story "The No End House". I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with it after pleasantly surprising me with the first season.

post #37 of 51
I'm currently working my way through this (just finished the fourth episode) and I'm not thrilled with the way it's turned into a weaksauce made-for-TV slasher film. (Though appropriately enough, it's a common problem with this creepypasta stuff - "when in doubt, murder something gruesomely!") It really doesn't fit with the brooding nightmare feel the first couple episodes nailed so nicely. But I'll stick it out, and it's encouraging to hear that it gets it back together for the finale.

(Also, I'm going to chuckle like a bastard if my theory that the Tooth Child subplot is ripping off Hogfather plays out.)
post #38 of 51

I thot the trailers for the episodes were better than the actual, tho they gave away scary stuff with quick images--supposed to make you want to watch but they ruined surprises. Dunno, I stuck with it but after eps 5, I swore off the thing but then saw the 6th show was the finale, so I saw it thru. *yawn* Would be better served to simply read the story it's based on. Take up less of my admittedly lame already life. Won't watch next series--thanks Mr.Saxon for the info/link to the story for next series, saved me time to be used on something else.

post #39 of 51
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Originally Posted by MrSaxon View Post
 

Apparently the second season will be based on the CreepyPasta story "The No End House". I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with it after pleasantly surprising me with the first season.

Jesus Christ. I had to stop reading after this passage: "There was a period where he wasn't online for about five weeks straight. I wasn't worried. He was a pretty notorious flake and drug addict, so I assumed he just stopped caring."

 

I love it. He's a drug addict. But they weren't worried.

post #40 of 51
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Yeah, it's pretty terrible. I only made it through half of the story, but hopefully they'll be able to turn it into something worthwhile on TV.

post #41 of 51

I really liked this. The slow dread and build is well done and it's relatively well acted. It's a nice little story.

 

I really wish they weren't doing that story. There's much better creepypastas. None of them are well written really, but some are really great ideas. The Queen's Guard one would make a nice two episode miniseries.

post #42 of 51

Disappointed this isn't an adaptation of Brian Wood's 1997 comic book. = (

post #43 of 51
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Originally Posted by MrSaxon View Post
 

I thought this was an interesting beginning although, whilst I admire the show's restraint by keeping the initial horror elements to a minimum in order to build dread going forward, I can already forsee that some will complain that it's too slow. It probably doesn't help that the main cliffhanger of the first episode is essentially the ending of the original Creepypasta story and so, for 50% of the audience who have already read the source material, the twist doesn't exactly hit. Still, there's plenty of potential and I'm looking forward to how they expand on that original tale for the remaining five episodes.

 

That's called mood and atmosphere, you know, those things that Horror movies use to have. Carnival of Souls is a perfect example of a great movie that uses pacing, sound design and score effectively which is why it's a cheapo Horror movie from 1962 that's revered today as a classic by some people including myself. I'd rather have a movie that gives a disturbing feeling of unease and dread rather than a chase/fight scene. A movie like Alien could never be made today because the first 45 minutes is all about building suspense. Here's another example of simple prosaic visuals given ambience because of their juxtaposition and the music....

post #44 of 51
I do think there's a two hour version of this story that works better. But it was pretty good.
post #45 of 51
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That's called mood and atmosphere, you know, those things that Horror movies use to have. Carnival of Souls is a perfect example of a great movie that uses pacing, sound design and score effectively which is why it's a cheapo Horror movie from 1962 that's revered today as a classic by some people including myself. I'd rather have a movie that gives a disturbing feeling of unease and dread rather than a chase/fight scene. A movie like Alien could never be made today because the first 45 minutes is all about building suspense. Here's another example of simple prosaic visuals given ambience because of their juxtaposition and the music....

 

Yes, but movies and television shows are two different beasts. You'd be in the right to be upset with someone who can't sit through the first 45 minutes of Carnival Of Souls because that's an 84 minute experience designed to be taken in one sitting, but I can understand someone who watches four hours of set-up over four weeks and wonders when things will start happening. It worked for me but it's certainly not going to work for everyone.

post #46 of 51

Well shit. I had no clue that this was only 6 episodes. I dumped it after 4 out of boredom. Perhaps I'll track down what I missed after reading that it's decent.

post #47 of 51
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Anyone returned for the second season? 

 

post #48 of 51

I have and it's better than the first imo. As I wrote in the challenge thread, the story itself is kind of rote but I'm loving the creepy imagery. It's the first TV show in a while thats actually scary.

post #49 of 51
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Ah, cool. I'll give it a shot! 

post #50 of 51
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I have and it's better than the first imo. As I wrote in the challenge thread, the story itself is kind of rote but I'm loving the creepy imagery. It's the first TV show in a while thats actually scary.

 

Imagery is where CHANNEL ZERO excels.  Not that the plot is weak or anything - in fact, the John Carrol Lynch stuff in episode 2 hit me surprisingly hard - but this show plays with mood and atmosphere like no other genre show I've seen.  

 

For whatever reason, the most effective stuff for me so far has been the kids wandering through these empty pristine suburban streets.      

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