Book-to-Movie/TV Series

Review: Channel Zero: Candle Cove

October 2, 2018

I was turned onto this series by Kat Caulberg (@Kat_C_Writes on Twitter.) I’m particularly fond of creepy stories and had been disappointed in the recent American Horror Stories seasons so I was ready to jump into something that would be similar. Each season is a story unto itself and it begins with Candle Cove.

Based on a popular “creepypasta” (user-generated horror stories that are published and passed around the Internet), Candle Cove centers on one man’s obsessive recollections of a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980s, and his ever-growing suspicions about the role it might have played in a series of nightmarish and deadly events from his childhood.


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First off, Mike Painter (the one man who is obsessed) is the blandest main character. Look past him! This season picks a creepy topic and runs with it. Because this was the basis of this season, I feel like I am not the odd man out when I ask, who hasn’t remembered a show from your childhood that was so weird you just had to check to make sure other people remembered it too? But, what if the only people that remembered seeing it were from your small town? … And, it happened to coincide with a series of gruesome murders.

Mike Painter has nightmares about this mysterious show, Candle Cove, and returns home to find out just how closely related the murders and the show really are. Mike’s twin, Eddie, had gone missing during that time so this investigation is personal. What happened to his brother? Who made the show? Who killed those kids? All great questions, but I quickly became less interested in finding out those answers than I did in watching the episodes of the mystery show, Candle Cove, and speculating over the nightmarish creatures that were involved. Why the creature made of teeth? And why was it sucking on Mike’s fingers? It’s not a part of the original story, so I don’t know who dreamed it up, but it’s what my nightmares are made of.

There is a scene in the final episode that I probably should not have watched at night. For anyone that has seen it, it’ll be the one where Mike encounters the monster(s?) in the hallway. It isn’t so much that I was afraid of what they would do or what would happen, but the imagery made my skin crawl. It is definitely more of a creepy season than a scary one.

It was a short season, so I didn’t mind how bland Mike was and didn’t stress too much when people made stupid decisions that put them in harm’s way. If you’re looking for something to make you jump or ask “wtf” then I would say give Candle Cove a try.

You can read the story that inspired the show here:

I’d love to hear anyone’s theory on the Tooth Child or receive any recommendations on horror stories to delve into next!

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