Channel Zero (2016)


Candle Cove
Channel Zero

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 21

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User Ratings: 357

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Episodes

Air date: Oct 11, 2016

Child psychologist Mike Painter investigates the 1988 murders of several children, including his twin brother, which may involve a children's TV show that has started airing again.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2016

Marla agrees to help Mike investigate the murders; Marla is horrified to learn a secret about what happened in 1988 that's been hidden since that time.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2016

Mike must convince Gary that Candle Cove is behind the murders before he takes justice into his own hands; Marla, Jessica, and Amy frantically search for Mike before it's too late.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2016

Mike's daughter Lily mysteriously arrives in Iron Hill, leading to more information about the murders of 1988; Mike and Jessica take drastic measures to heal the past and protect Lily from Candle Cove.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2016

Mike and Amy learn that the creator of Candle Cove isn't who they think he is; a brutal crime shocks the Iron Hill police force.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2016

After Lily is taken by Candle Cove, Mike puts himself in danger to save his daughter and confront his tormentor; Marla faces an impossible choice.

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Paul Schneider
Mike Painter

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Fiona Shaw
Marla Painter

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Shaun Benson
Gary Yolen

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Natalie Brown
Jessica Yolen

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Luisa d'Oliveira
Amy Welch

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Critic Reviews for Channel Zero: Candle Cove

Audience Reviews for Channel Zero: Candle Cove

  • Jan 14, 2023
    Not bad, gives a cool fuller story to the candle cove creepypasta. the tooth guy made me very uncomfortable though and it was kinda slow paced
  • Nov 07, 2022
    Season One, Candle Cove. Even though this feels like Stephen King's excellent novel, "It" (better than any filmed version), there are some seriously creepy jump scares/scenes. Performances are top notch, all looks great. Good horror, I'm watching more!
  • Aug 31, 2022
    It starts with incredibly unsettling promise. But after a few episodes, Candle Cove begins to become less unsettling and more cumbersome to sit through as the slow narrative progression, bizarre character choices and reveal turns this first season of Channel Zero into one of the not-terrible-but-mediocre M. Night Shyamalan films that isn't as scary as it just bizarre. Some good acting from some of the main actors --particularly Fiona Shaw-- but lead actor Paul Schnider has such an understated mumbling presences that his performance comes off as hollow and uninterested. Sprinkled with some partially unsettling imagry, a few neat mini-twists and it all adds up to this first season of Channel Zero being, well, not terrible but not great either.
  • Apr 18, 2021
    Though Candle Cove doesn't quite reach the staggering heights of later seasons, it's still a chilling, creepy, and disturbing introduction to one of the best horror anthologies on television.
  • Mar 01, 2021
    You have to watch it. And then watch it again. And then a couple years later watch it again. Amazingly creepy.
  • Feb 09, 2021
    Entertaining at the beginning. Incredibly slow from episode 3. Not much happens.
  • 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.

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