Two words: Candle Cove.

In November, Variety announced that the Syfy channel was adding a new scripted series to their roster.  The new series is titled Channel Zero and, like American Horror Story, it is said to be an anthology horror series.  The first season, scheduled to air in October 2016, is titled Candle Cove, and will be a text-to-film adaptation of Kris Straub’s infamous story of the same name.

If you’ve never read it, Candle Cove is a short story that is formatted to look like an Internet forum.  Different users share memories of a kid’s show they all remember watching in the early 1970s called “Candle Cove”.  All of the commenters remember the show’s disturbing characters, weird plot, and a traumatic final episode.  You can read the story here.  Be warned: it’s pretty chilling, especially when you remember all the disturbing shows you watched when you were a kid.

From Variety:

“Candle Cove” centers on a man’s obsessive recollections of a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980’s, and his ever-growing suspicions about the role it might have played in a series of nightmarish and deadly events from his childhood.

Nick Antosca wrote the pilot episode of Candle Cove, and he and Max Landis will act as executive producers.  Two days ago, Deadline spread the news that a director has been chosen for Channel Zero: Candle Cove.  Care to venture a guess?

It’s The Boy director, Craig William Macneill.

From The Boy, we know that Macneill is particularly adept at creating disturbing cinema that is simultaneously aesthetically pleasing, so if you weren’t already excited for Channel Zero: Candle Cove, you should be now.  In a statement for the Deadline announcement, the Executive Vice President of Scripted Content of NBCUNiversal Cable Entertainment, Bill McGoldrick voiced his excitement, saying, “Craig is a gifted young film director whose cinematic vision will bring a unique perspective to Channel Zero: Candle Cove.”

Couldn’t agree more, Bill.

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