Channel Zero, the best horror anthology series currently on television (come at me American Horror Story fans), has announced the cast and title of their upcoming fourth season. Each season is based on a different “creepypasta”, which is like a campfire story for the digital age. This season is no different, and is based on The Hidden Door by Charlotte Bywater. To be titled Dream Door, the new season will star Brandon Scott (Channel Zero, Butcher’s Block), Maria Sten (Straight Outta Compton), Steven Robertson (Elementary), and Steven Weber (Wings, iZombie).
The strength of Channel Zero, is that it matches disturbing and eerie imagery with a real emotional core. Topics like guilt, suicide, grief, and the mental illness of a loved one have all featured in past season. This makes each season resonate with depth and an emotional connection to the audience. It seems that this season will be no different.
The story follows Tom (Scott) and Jillian (Sten) childhood friends who grew up, got married and want to turn Tom’s family home into their dream house. The tension of hidden secrets already threatens the relationship, but when the couple discovers a hidden door in their basement, it seems those secrets may manifest into a reality that puts their lives in danger. Robertson will play Ian, their neighbor who gets caught up in the mystery and horror surrounding the house. Weber will be playing Jillian’s enigmatic therapist, who is aware of both the couple’s secrets and the goings on in the house, but who remains largely aloof about his opinion on everything.
Creator Nick Antosca, who has written some truly creepy horror novels of his own, will return for a fourth time as writer, showrunner and executive producer. In a recent interview with Slashfilm, Antosca divulged his methodology for building such eerie and thought provoking shows:
“Basically, we look for stories that have a great horror concept or a great image…something really strong to build off of [that] allows us room to be creative; room to create a world and build a mythology…Every season I think of as a kind of fan fiction of the original Creepypasta. In a way it’s our version of – it’s a new mythology of the original story. I’ve said this before, but I think of each season as kind of like a nightmare that you might have after reading the original story that it’s based on.”
Antosca has delivered on his promise of nightmare inducing fare for three seasons, and this season seems to be shaping up to be no different. Joining him for this season as director is Evan L. Katz (Cheap Thrills, Small Crimes) whose previous movies have grittiness with a hefty dose of bleak mind games. His style seems like it will dovetail nicely with the psychological and intimate nature of the storyline. Being a huge fan of this series, I can’t wait to see what the two of them dream up (puns!) later this year when season 4 premieres. Looking forward to the day they announce the release date.