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“Channel Zero” Showrunner Nick Antosca on Building the “No-End House”

“Channel Zero” Showrunner Nick Antosca on Building the “No-End House”

On September 20th Syfy will take the tale of “Channel Zero: No-End House, the second season of the anthology series that will bring another Creepypasta tale to the small screen.

Inspired by Brian Russell’s Creepypasta tale, “Channel Zero: No-End House” tells the story of a young woman named Margot Sleator who visits the No-End House: a bizarre house of horrors that consists of a series of increasingly disturbing rooms. When she returns home, Margot realizes that everything has changed.

We caught up with Nick Antosca, who returns as executive producer, showrunner, and writer for the second installment, who explained to us the process of finding their favorite Creepypasta.

“We go for the Creepypasta stories that strike a chord,” Antosca tells us. “We look for a great horror premise that we can expand on. My favorite adaptations are things like Apocalypse Now and The Shining and There Will Be Blood, that capture the mood of the source material but become their own thing.

“Sometimes we end up veering from the source material,” he adds, “or taking only elements and then building something very new. Go where the nightmare takes you!

“I have a list of stories I’d like to adapt for future seasons. Some are famous and some are obscure. We can only adapt ones where we can find the original author, so we can option the rights from them.”

What’s great about “Channel Zero” is that it never overstays its welcome, each season is only six episodes long. To Antosca “it’s the perfect length for telling a story” that leaves “room to explore,” adding, “not so much room you have to pad it out excessively.”

Antosca also explains what is what about the “No-End House” Creepypasta that struck a cord.

I just loved the idea that you escape from this haunted house and slowly begin to realize that what you perceive to be reality is actually the last room of the house. And then what does the house do to try and keep you there?”

If that sounds strange, here’s about bizarre and trippy this season will get:

“The fact that Sarah Sitkin and Guy Maddin both worked on it should tell you something,” says Antosca, referring to their nightmarish works. “That said, it’s also in many ways a very grounded, season. At heart, it’s about a young woman and her relationships with her father and her best friend.”

In regards of how long this show could run: “Well, we have two more installments to come. We’re shooting the third one now. It’s really weird. And we’re writing the fourth one. That’s all that’s been officially ordered. But I’d love to do more, of course.”

While he’s keeping everything under wrap,s Antosca also reveals that he has some other projects in the works with Don Mancini, another “Channel Zero” and “Hannibal” alum and of course, creator of Child’s Play.

“Channel Zero: No-End House” premieres September 20th on Syfy.



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  • Marla

    Looks like the SyFy Channel has the money now to hire better special effects teams. Too bad they cant put any funds into better writing OR originality.

  • jose ramirez

    Nick Antosca wrote an excellent story, Midnight Picnic. I think it would make a great movie.

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