Channel Zero: Candle Cove (2016)


Candle Cove
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Creepy, unsettling, and refreshingly unique, Channel Zero: Candle Cove draws on easily relatable childhood fears while peeling back layers of spine-tingling mystery.



Critic Ratings: 21


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User Ratings: 340

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Air date: Oct 11, 2016

The return of a kids' TV show from the 1980s coincides with the disappearance of a young person in the premiere of this series, which revolves around a child psychologist's investigation into the 1988 murders of several children, including his twin brother.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2016

Marla agrees to help Mike investigate the murders in the wake of what happened to Katie. Soon after, she uncovers a horrifying secret related to what happened in 1988. -- (C) SYFY

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Air date: Oct 25, 2016

Mike tries to convince Gary that "Candle Cove" is to blame for the murders before he takes justice into his own hands. Meanwhile, Marla, Jessica and Amy begin a frantic search for Mike before it's too late. -- (C) SYFY

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Air date: Nov 1, 2016

More information about the murders of 1988 comes to light when Mike's daughter Lily mysteriously arrives in Iron Hill; and Mike and Jessica take drastic measures to heal the past and protect Lilly from Candle Cove.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2016

Mike and Amy hunt for the creator of "Candle Cove." And, soon after their search begins, Mike discovers that the creator isn't who he thought it was. Meanwhile, the Iron Hill police force are shocked by a brutal crime.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2016

Mike prepares to confront Candle Cove and save his daughter Lily, while Marla is faced with making an impossible choice.

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Season 1 of this horror anthology series revolves around one man's obsessive recollections of a mysterious children's TV show from the 1980s. Returning to his hometown after 30 years, Mike Painter (Paul Schneider) tries to determine if his brother's disappearance is somehow connected to a series of similar incidents that happened in the past—and to the bizarre children's television show that seems to be on the air again.

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Critic Reviews for Channel Zero Candle Cove

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5)

Candle Cove stands in direct opposition to the histrionics of American Horror Story and the like; it's a quiet, unsettling work that builds to a buzzing, static-hum crescendo in its final act.

May 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Channel Zero: Candle Cove is faithful to creepypasta in the way that matters most: by recognizing that children can experience fear that's as complex, terrifying, and real as anything felt by adults.

Oct 26, 2016 | Full Review…

Brimming with Stephen King tropes and a bleak version of late-'80s nostalgia, the new horror anthology series is tailor-made for fans of Stranger Things clamoring for a new, darker fix.

Nov 14, 2016 | Full Review…

It's even more disturbing if you have kids...and a guy in your backyard wearing a skeleton costume.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

We're not sure we've ever seen anything like the tooth child in Candle Cove, and it has haunted our dreams ever since.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Season one is okay to miss. Visually it's done really well... but I need stuff to move and I was just sitting there staring at the TV just wondering when things were going to happen.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

But the finish of the series, we do not know if it is intended or because of lack of means, but the lack of charisma of its protagonist weighs down a series that wants and can only partially accomplish its goal. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Channel Zero is the answer to our unfulfilled nightmares. It is easily the scariest show on why the hell aren't you watching it?

Mar 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Channel Zero is a slow-drip of terror, but the compelling mystery underneath will keep you glued to the series even when everything else in your brain is telling you to shut it off.

Mar 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The strength of Channel Zero lies in its ability to offer brief but deeply unsettling flashes of horror that go beyond just the creepy marionette puppets featured in the Candle Cove scenes.

Mar 15, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a compelling mystery built from the questions the story raises and true to the horror it evokes.

Nov 9, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The series is sure to go down as a horror classic, so prepare yourself and enter Candle Cove. You won't regret it.

Oct 27, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Channel Zero: Candle Cove

  • Sep 27, 2020
    As an avid fan of all things horror, like the kid's eyes staring at the screen as Candle Cove played on their television, I couldn't keep my eyes off the screen as the story unfolded. I joke that Don Mancini is taking over the horror genre, being the supervising producer of the show, everything he works on is gold. The creepy atmosphere hits you from the very beginning, the blurred lines between reality and fiction puts the audience on edge as the past and present collide. The character's motivations and reasoning for doing things are unsettling. The over use of scary children in horror these days had me a little worried, but that worry was quelled with the main terror being the adults working behind the scenes. The way the crew decided to go between the past and present was reminiscent of a piece of Stephen King's work. All in all the show is a masterpiece keeping the audience wanting more.
  • May 27, 2020
    If you are an 80's baby, or even older than 28 you should understand how brutally on point Candle Cove (the first season to one of few enjoyable stories of horror on the television) was with our childhood. I grew up with oddities such as Gumby, Eureka's Castle, Pee Wee's Playhouse, Fraggle Rock and Skinamarink T.V. - this show had me hooked after the first episode. I was frantically searching and impatiently waiting for every episode after. I cannot even begin to understand why everything that is good on cable t.v. never lasts! You wonder why people continue to resort to other forms of entertainment. Amazing peices of work such as My Name Is Earl, Salem and of course...Channel Zero have not lasted to their full potential, yet we still see these talentless peices of doo doo that I don't even need to mention, cuz' you know what I'm referring to. Father Time needs to do something about this B.S. or step aside with the rest of the old wealthy white men and make way for the next generation.
  • Nov 27, 2019
    The season is without a doubt strong more than halfway through the season as it keeps steady pace, welcoming performances, and effective scares along with perfect atmosphere, but come the last few episodes, the show seems to get stuck in a rut of on and off with pretty much everything that made it great in the beginning. 6.2/10
  • Sep 29, 2019
    I love this show. I love that they take risks and give us something enjoyable that we've been missing in horror movies.
  • Sep 21, 2019
    A slow burn of a story that was surprisingly well written out. The costumes and actors do a good job portraying the events unfolding. The conclusions are well played and its a strong start to horror collection.
  • Aug 28, 2019
    A great underrated horror series. This had a great story, actors and some greats twists. 4/5
  • Oct 14, 2018
    A surprisingly scary and plot heavy season for a TV show, this is an amazing season for an amazing show.
  • Aug 22, 2018
    This show was amazing. Definitely creeped me out.
  • Aug 12, 2018
    Somewhere between American Horror Story and Stranger things, Channel Zero: Candle Cove provides a meandering plot through the subtle horrors shared by children around the world. Relying on few jump scares or over-the-top special effects, Candle Cove still delivers spine-tingling terror. For those who prefer chills to thrills, a must watch.
  • Mar 12, 2018
    at the beginning,i thought it could lead to something.i kept watching because i thought it would become more interesting or scarier or at least build up in some way.the idea is quite interesting but the implementation rather poor,unfortunately.the end was the most disappointing to me.nevertheless,i will give season 2 a chance as it has better reviews.

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