Channel Zero: Search and Rescue

 

Season 2 of Syfy’s Channel Zero just ended, and they’ve already released information on next season.

Channel Zero is an anthology series, and over each six episode season, they bring to life a different creepypasta that’s popular on the internet. (I personally hate the word creepypasta, it’s horror fiction, it didn’t need a new name.)

Season 1 was Candle Cove, season 2 was the no-end house, and season 3 will be based on one of my favorite horror fiction series, Search and Rescue! Search and Rescue gained popularity in the NoSleep forum on Reddit, and was adapted by the hugely popular NoSleep podcast. If you’re a horror fan and you’re not listening to NoSleep, you should be. They do a fantastic job adapting stories, and they are putting out quality material each and every week. I’m a season pass holder and it’s money well spent. There’s also a free option if you want to try it out, but be warned….you will want more and more.

I’m not sure why they didn’t just call it Search and Rescue, but they’ve decided to go with Butcher’s Block, and have set it in the city instead of the woods. The original stories are so strong, but hey, what do I know.

Season 3 will tell the story of a young woman named Alice (Olivia Luccardi, It Follows) 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, she discovers that something is preying on the city’s residents.

In addition to Luccardi, Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block cast and characters include:

  • Holland Roden (Teen Wolf) as Zoe Woods, Alice’s sharp, tough older sister whose struggles with mental illness have worn her down over the years;
  • Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) as Joseph Peach, a 1950s meatpacking magnate who grew increasingly reclusive and then disappeared after his beloved daughters were murdered;
  • Brandon Scott (Wreck-It Ralph) as Officer Luke Vanczyk, a young but already jaded cop, living in the shadow of his father, the Chief of Police.
  • Krisha Fairchild (Krisha) as Louise Lispector, a retired journalist who has lived in Garrett, Michigan her whole life. Now she spends her days doing taxidermy and working on her personal project: A book about a pattern of disappearances in the city’s worst neighborhood.

I’m really not one of those people who is always shouting that “the book is better!!!” but I’m kind of worried that this is going to stink. Moving it out of the woods makes me sad, but I’ll give it a chance anyway.

Aaron Mahnke’s LORE will premiere on Amazon on Friday, October 13th

If you haven’t heard of Aaron Mahnke’s fantastic podcast LORE, you are really missing out. I’ve been a fan since the beginning and I was thrilled when Aaron announced a partnership with Amazon to make LORE a TV show. Now, we finally have some more details on it!

I’m especially excited to see Robert The Doll get the Lore treatment on the big(little) screen.

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Press Release:

Amazon announced today (Aug. 29, 2017) the Amazon Original Series Lore will premiere on Friday, October 13 on Prime Video. Based on the popular podcast of the same name, which has an average of five million monthly listens, the anthology series presents the frightening and often disturbing tales based on real people and events that have led to our modern-day myths and legends. All six episodes of the series, from Executive Producers Ben Silverman (The Office), Howard T. Owens (The Biggest Loser), Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead), Brett-Patrick Jenkins (Face Off), Glen Morgan (X-Files), Jon Halperin and Mark Mannucci (A Year in Space), will be available to Prime members globally on October 13.

Lore, featuring Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), Adam Goldberg (Fargo) Holland Roden(Teen Wolf), Colm Feore (House of Cards) and Campbell Scott (The Amazing Spider-Man), combines documentary footage, narration, historical mixed media and cinematic scenes to bring to life terrifying, but true stories. Celebrating the origins of the horror genre, Lore explores the real-life tales behind pop culture’s most legendary horror myths, such as vampires, changelings, werewolves, séances and possessed dolls.

Launched in March 2015 by Aaron Mahnke, the podcast Lore has generated a massive audience, was named “Best of” in 2015 and 2016 by Apple, and was listed as one of the “15 podcasts you need to hear in 2016” by Entertainment Weekly. The first book in Mahnke’s three-book series, The World of Lore, will be published on October 10 by Del Rey Books.

“Lore is a unique hybrid series that presents meticulously-researched true life tales through a variety of mediums, in order to surprise and delight, and even unsettle,” said Conrad Riggs, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “We are thrilled to once again provide Prime members unprecedented access into a world they thought they knew.”

Lore will feature fan-favorite episodes from the podcast, including the tale of a boy given a doll that seems to have a sinister life of its own; a family whose home appears to be inhabited by a spirit from the other side; and a German village that hunts for a murderous creature.

Lore is produced by Propagate Content and Valhalla Entertainment. Mahnke is Co-Executive Producer.

Prime members will be able to stream the series exclusively via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online at www.amazon.com/lore Members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership. The series will be a global release and available on PrimeVideo.com for Prime Video members in more than 200 countries and territories.

Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

About Amazon Video

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About Valhalla Entertainment

Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment has an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop new television and digital programs. Their current slate includes the upcoming 8th season of AMC’s The Walking Dead, which reigns as the most watched drama series in the coveted 18-49 demographic, as well as its companion series, Fear the Walking Dead, which received a two season order prior to its debut in 2015 and set a new ratings record for a cable premiere with 13.3 million viewers. In addition, Hurd serves as a Consulting Producer on Talking Dead, which is the second highest rated basic cable show on Sunday nights, behind only The Walking Dead. USA Network’s drama series, Falling Water, was renewed for a second season and is also distributed internationally by Amazon. Valhalla’s newest series for Bravo, All That Glitters, will follow the friendship and rivalry of renowned magazine editors Anna Wintour and Tina Brown as they rose to prominence during the 80s and 90s. With 70 hours of television airing in 2017 alone, Valhalla Entertainment remains a constant staple in the industry.

About Propagate

One of the world’s fastest-growing independent content creation companies, Propagate’s portfolio includes Apple’s first original series, “Planet of the Apps” featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, will.i.am, Jessica Alba and Gary Vaynerchuk, and Twitter’s first entertainment series, “#WhatsHappening,” featuring successful podcast comedian Phoebe Robinson. Other projects include “Lore” for Amazon, based on the hit podcast and co-produced with Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment; “Chris Webber’s Full Court Pranks” for TruTV; “The High Court” forComedy Central featuring comedian Doug Benson; “Unprotected” for Oxygen; “My Partner Knows Best” for Lifetime; “Evil Genius” for HISTORY; “My So-Called Simple Life” for FYI; and “Animal ER” for National Geographic Wild. Scripted projects include “Charmed,” “In the Country We Love,” “Jumpmen,” and “Exhibit A,” all for CBS; “Let’s Stay Together” for ABC; and “Red Team” for Amazon.

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AMC Announces “Shock Theater”, “Underbelly”, “Wicked West” and Eli Roth’s “History of Horror”

During the TCA press tour, AMC announced a few shows that will definitely be of interest to horror fans.

Eli Roth explained his upcoming 6 part History of Horror mini-series:
“I’m thrilled to be part of this incredible series. For years, I’ve wanted to create a definitive ‘History of Horror,’ a living record of the genre with interviews from all the greats, old and new. Sadly, we lose more of these masters every year and with them go their stories and experiences. This show will serve as a record for future generations – fans and filmmakers alike – to enjoy. I could not be prouder to create this with AMC.”

AMC announced from the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour a look at a current slate of select scripted and non-fiction projects in various stages of development for 2018 and beyond. New projects include many from existing AMC creative partners like “Better Call Saul” producers Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment, “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick’s production company Fish Ladder, “The Walking Dead” executive producer, director and special FX make-up designer Greg Nicotero, and “Fear The Walking Dead” star Colman Domingo, among others. These seven scripted projects for potential series consideration are among a broad number of projects currently being developed as part of AMC’s “scripts-to-series” model, which the network has successfully utilized for forthcoming series “The Terror,” “Lodge 49” and “Dietland.”

“We are at our best when we bet on and support exceptional talent and this diverse development slate, from exceptional creators with distinct points of view, includes multiple projects from longstanding and successful AMC partners,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Our deep pipeline of projects embodies our ‘eclectic by design,’ quality programming approach and our ‘scripts-to-series’ development model that puts the emphasis on the most important part of our strategy – outstanding writing, a commitment to worlds you’ve never seen on TV before, and rich character development.”

AMC’s upcoming development slate includes:

“Shock Theatre”

Greg Nicotero, director and executive producer

Matt Lambert, Gail Berman and Joe Earley, executive producers

Description: An anthology wherein each episode will be a brand-new sci-fi horror tale in the style of the B movie classics.

 

“Underbelly” by Dan Connolly

Dan Connolly, executive producer

A Fish Ladder Production (Chris Hardwick, Mike Clements)

Description: A deep dive into the dark-side of pop culture. Using the lens of the horror genre, this anthology explores storylines related to the fan experience, celebrity, greed, alienation, obsession and vanity. The sensibility of the series is darkly funny, shocking, subversive and trippy. If pop culture is a kind of new religion, this show is the deranged heretic who interrupts the service and gets thrown out. 

 

 

 

 

“Wicked West”

Producing Studio: Blumhouse Television (Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman)

Description: Nonfiction horror anthology produced by Blumhouse Television (“Get Out,” “The Jinx” “Split”), “Wicked West” uncovers the most frightening and disturbing tales from the Wild West. And they’re all true. “Wicked West” utilizes Blumhouse’s chilling cinematic style on this weekly series, telling stories of sadistic serial killers, murderous black widows, bloodthirsty family clans and local legends laced with the supernatural. With a tense horror, modern cinematic style, “Wicked West” brings a haunting approach to the untold stories of the bloodbath known as the American West.

John Carpenter Developing Syfy Series ‘Tales For A Halloween Night’ As Part Of New UCP Deal

Universal Cable Productions has inked an overall development deal with John Carpenter. Under the new pact, the Halloween director will executive produce scripted programming with UCP for the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment portfolio, external networks and streaming services, along with his producing partner Sandy King under their Storm King Productions banner.

The announcement was made by Dawn Olmstead, EVP Development at UCP.

UCP and Carpenter are currently in development with Syfy on Tales For A Halloween Night, based on Carpenter’s graphic-novel anthology of horror stories. A writer search is underway.

Additionally, UCP and Carpenter are developing Nightside, based on the literary series by Simon R. Green, with Jill Blotevogel (Scream: The TV Series) attached to write the script.

 “John Carpenter is an incredible creator whose dark imagination has left an indelible mark in film and in our dreams,” said Olmstead. “We are thrilled to have a master of the horror genre join UCP.”

“I’m excited to partner with Universal Cable Productions on this venture into television. On one hand it’s a return home to Universal where I have fond memories, and on the other it’s a step into the future with great new creative partners in programming,” said Carpenter.

via DEADLINE

STRANGER THINGS Season 2 Clip, Poster and Date!

Some doors can’t be closed. Stranger Things season 2 arrives on October 27.

The new season will consist of 9 episodes set in the year 1984.

The titles, as we know them, are:
Madmax
The Boy Who Came Back to Life
The Pumpkin Patch
The Palace
The Storm
The Pollywog
The Secret Cabin
The Brain
The Lost Brother

Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine will all return and new cast members include Sadie Sink, Dacre Montgomery, Brett Gelman, Linnea Berthelsen, Sean Astin, and Paul Reiser.

“The Mist” Teaser Video

Spike’s THE MIST centers around a small town family that is torn apart by a brutal crime. As they deal with the fallout an eerie mist rolls in, suddenly cutting them off from the rest of the world, and in some cases, each other. Family, friends and adversaries become strange bedfellows, battling the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain morality and sanity as the rules of society break down.

Hulu Has Ordered 10 Episodes of “Castle Rock” From Stephen King & JJ Abrams

This is so exciting!!!

From the Press Release:

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

Castle Rock reunites Hulu, King, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television, which previously collaborated on event series 11.22.63, based on King’s novel. The series will stream exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution will distribute globally.
Castle Rock is based on characters and situations created by Stephen King. Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. The series is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.