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SYFY has announced the third installment of Nick Antosca’s critically-acclaimed anthology show “Channel Zero” and the upcomimg season will be titled: “Butcher’s Block.”

The nightmare fuel that ignited Antosca’s warped imagination this time was Kerrie Hammond’s Search and Rescue Woods, and “Butcher’s Block” 6-episode season will be extrapolated from the Creepypasta tale. The plot will revolve around a woman named Alice (It Follows’ Olivia Luccardi) who relocates to a new city and get mixed up in a series of vanishings – but what is preying on the people and how is it connected to staircases in a rough neighborhood?

Crazy puppets and sinister TV shows dominated the show’s first season, “Candle Cove.” The second season “No-End-House,” was another self-contained story about a group of people who find their way into an alleged haunted house, and fight to get out. Combining grim social realism with monsters, with malevolent intentions and mind-fuck imagery – Antosca has made “Channel Zero,” one of the most unsettling shows on television.

Antosca talks about his favorite anthology shows, Don Mancini, what appeals to him about Creepypasta and more…

DC: Candle Cove and No End House both opened to uniformly positive reviews. What initially appealed to you about adapting stories based on Creepypasta (user-generated horror stories published online)?

Nick Antosca: I love that the best of the genre offers great horror concepts plus room to be creative. Each season of “Channel Zero” is horror fanfiction. A different nightmare each time. I saw it as a chance to do all different flavors of horror. Each season is radically different from the last.

DC: Butcher’s Block is inspired by Kerry Hammond’s “Search and Rescue Woods” Creepypasta tale, will the adaptation deviate much from the source material?

NA: Butcher’s Block deviates more from the source material that previous seasons do. That’s one reason we changed the title. This is by no means intended to be a definitive adaptation of Kerry’s wonderful series of stories. That may be still to come. We found ourselves asking questions about the staircases that led us to elaborate pretty wildly on the original concept. The cinematic inspirations for Butcher’s Block are Dario Argento, Candyman, and Nicolas Roeg.

DC: Will Butcher’s Block be a departure narratively/creatively from the direction of its predecessors and if so, why?

NA: Each season is entirely its own thing. From a writing perspective, we want to try a different kind of horror every time. And each season is a showcase for one director. Arkasha Stevenson directed every episode of BUTCHER’S BLOCK. She’s a former photojournalist who became a director. I saw her pilot Pineapple which was at Sundance, and I loved it. She’s talented and brilliant.

DC: Why do you prefer short seasons?

NA: Six episodes is a good length for a horror show. We get to tell contained stories with endings.

DC: You’ve writing credits include Bryan Fuller’s “Hannibal,” MTV’s “Teen Wolf” and you’re a celebrated writer of dark literature – how did this prepare you for “Channel Zero?”

NA: Few things could have prepared me better. Bryan had such a clear and uncompromising vision on Hannibal, and it was valuable for me to see how he was able to stick to that vision and execute it. Being a writer isn’t necessarily great preparation for being a showrunner. You also have to be a negotiator, a diplomat, a manager, a million other things.

DC: Is Don Mancini back on writing duties this season, if so, what is he up to?

NA: He’s not back because he was busy shooting Cult of Chucky (in Winnipeg, with our “Channel Zero” crew!). He visited the set. If we go beyond season 4, though, I hope he’ll come back. We’re working on some other stuff together.

DC: What are your thoughts on current anthology shows, any favorites?

NA: “Black Mirror” and “Fargo” are my favorites. “Fargo” season 2 might be my favorite season of TV ever. I loved the David Slade episode of “Black Mirror” – the black and white one.

DC: There is already a fourth season of Channel Zero planned. Have you any idea what tale you’re interested in?

NA: Yes. We’ve already written most of the season. It’s a less well-known story. It’s going to be a really cool season.

9. What is the scariest Creepypasta you have ever read?

NA: The Smiling Man. Or Annie96 is Typing. Or any of a dozen others.

DC: Where are you going next?

NA: Right now, I’m working on the fourth installment of “Channel Zero” and trying to write by hand a lot.


Last week we shared with you guys a series of creepy-cool teasers for the upcoming third season of Syfy’s horror anthology series “Channel Zero.”

Today we have not only the series’ release date but also the final trailer which gives us a more in-depth look at this season’s plot.

This new season is called “Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block” and is inspired by Kerry Hammond’s creepypasta “Search and Rescue Woods.” Series creator Nick Antosca returns as executive producer, showrunner, and writer for the third installment alongside executive producer Max Landis with UCP as the studio.

I’m getting more and more excited about this installment the more I see so let’s hope they keep up the bloody good times this season and beyond. Check out the bloody new trailer for yourself below, and then let us know what you think!

Arkasha Stevenson directs the new season, which stars Olivia Luccardi, Holland Roden, Brandon Scott, Krisha Fairchild, and Rutger Hauer.

“Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block” hits SyFy this February 7.


“Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block” tells the story of a young woman named Alice (Olivia Luccardi) 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.

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