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Channel Zero: Butcher's Block (2018)




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The story of a young woman named Alice who moves to a new city and learns about a series of disappearances that may be connected to a baffling rumor about mysterious staircases in the city's worst neighborhoods. With help from her sister, they discover that something is preying on the city's residents.


Olivia Luccardi
as Alice Woods
Holland Roden
as Zoe Woods
Rutger Hauer
as Joseph Peach
Brandon Scott
as Officer Luke Vanczyk
Krisha Fairchild
as Louise Lispector

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Channel Zero has found some of its greatest stories from the ways that trauma can manifest itself in jarring physical forms. (Consider the ominous glowing birth orb from "No-End House.") "Butcher's Block" is no exception.

February 7, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Truly unsettling and creepy viewing.

December 3, 2018 | Full Review…

The first episode of Butcher's Block is making Candle Cove sweat.

June 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Disturbing and visually compelling, Butcher's Block makes for a welcome return of the best horror series on television.

February 8, 2018 | Full Review…

It was the best season yet.

February 8, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Channel Zero has finally come into its own with Butcher's Block, delivering on the promise of hallucinatory imagery combined with the dreamlike fables of the narrative.

March 15, 2018 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Channel Zero: Butcher's Block

Narratively, I do not know what to make of this show. It has absolutely no story worth trying to synopsize and I cannot see why it takes six long episodes to tell. Overall, it seems like a programme made for and by people suffering from phobic reactions, depression and anxiety. To that end, it’s highly effective: the nightmare imagery of cannibalism and filth, hallucination and mutilation is all very vivid and nasty but it goes on and on, repeating itself until the thrills are gone, replaced by (in my case) a weary desire to see the whole thing wrapped up and done. Elements from earlier seasons include a sense of placelessness or Nowhereville that suggests a decayed and abandoned America; unlikeable or unknowable characters placed in a rat-maze of surrealist ordeals, in which one magic door opens onto another creepy tableau or diorama; a big-name actor, in this case an uncommitted-looking Rutger Hauer; a sense of ritualistic premeditation which means some dread but no suspense. The details are visceral but the story is thin, dream-like, like a horrible dream forgotten in the moments after waking. I found it dull, ugly and fleeting but I’m prepared to accept that it may have been made with someone very different in mind.


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