Regular readers of Horror Freak News know that Chanel Zero: Candle Cove on Syfy was one of our favorite horror TV shows of 2016. Even though the 2nd season, Chanel Zero: No End House, hasn’t even been released yet, the show has already been renewed for a 3rd and 4th season. To recap:
Ahead of the Season 2 premiere, Syfy has ordered a third and fourth installment of Nick Antosca’s well-received horror anthology series Channel Zero. In addition, Antosca has signed an overall deal with Channel Zero producer Universal Cable Productions. Under that pact, Antosca will develop and produce scripted programming with UCP for the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment portfolio and for external networks and streaming services. Antosca also will return as executive producer, showrunner, and writer for the two newly ordered installments of Channel Zero alongside executive producer Max Landis (Chronicle).
Related Article: Syfy’s “Channel Zero” Renewed for Season 3 and 4
We had no idea what the creepypasta inspired themes for Seasons 3 & 4 would be, but this morning, Bloody Disgusting got the first details.
Per Bloody Disgusting:
The third season is scheduled to air in 2018 and will be titled “Staircases”; the fourth season will be based on the “Hidden Door” Creepypasta “I Found a Hidden Door in My Cellar.”
Official Synopsis: Brandon Scott (Blair Witch) and Holland Roden (“Teen Wolf”) were the first to join the cast, with Scott playing Officer Luke Vanczyk, a young but already jaded cop, living in the shadow of his father, the Chief of Police. Luke’s world-weary exterior hides a fierce commitment to justice, and a deep love for his troubled community.
Roden will play Zoe Woods, a sharp, tough young woman whose struggles with mental illness have worn her down over the years. She hates that her younger sister, Alice, has to take care of her and she’d give anything to go back to the way things used to be.
The article includes a video describing the creepypasta I Found a Hidden Door in My Cellar (above) but makes no conjecture about what modern urban legend will form the backbone of Season 3, Staircase. While there are no creepypasta stories that reference a staircase by name, there is an entity monitored by the SCP Foundation, a fictional organization charged with Securing, Protecting, and Containing supernatural threats; think of them as a cross between the CIA and the Ghostbusters.
SPC-087 is the designation given to a seemingly endless staircase, located somewhere on an undisclosed college campus. The SPC Foundation has launched 3 official and 1 unofficial exploration of 087, and all have ended in insanity, confusion, and chaos. Explorers recall being lured ever downward by the sound of a crying child, only to come face to face with an entity (dubbed 087-A) with a glowing white face and no mouth.
You can learn just about everything you’d ever want to know about SCP-087 in the video below from YouTuber SCPReadings. After that, you can read the original SCP-087 creepypasta in its entirety. Have a watch/read and let us know what you think in the Comments section. Do you agree that SCP-087 will be the backbone of Channel Zero Season 3? Let’s discuss!
About SCPReadings on YouTube: Hello, my name is GemoDawn and I will be your guide through the many files of the SCP (Secure Contain Protect) foundation. Access is only permitted to those who are brave enough.
Item #: SCP-087
Object Class: Euclid
Special Containment Procedures: SCP-087 is located on the campus of [REDACTED]. The doorway leading to SCP-087 is constructed of reinforced steel with an electro-release lock mechanism. It has been disguised to resemble a janitorial closet consistent with the design of the building. The lock mechanism on the doorknob will not release unless ██ volts are applied in conjunction with counter-clockwise rotation of the key. The inside of the door is lined with 6 centimeters of industrial foam padding.
Due to the results of the final exploration (see Document 087-IV), no personnel are permitted access to SCP-087.
Description: SCP-087 is an unlit platform staircase. Stairs descend on a 38-degree angle for 13 steps before reaching a semicircular platform of approximately 3 meters in diameter. Descent direction rotates 180 degrees at each platform. The design of SCP-087 limits subjects to a visual range of approximately 1.5 flights. A light source is required for any subjects exploring SCP-087, as there are no lighting fixtures or windows present. Lighting sources brighter than 75 watts have shown to be ineffective, as SCP-087 seems to absorb excess light.
Subjects report and audio recordings confirm the distressed vocalizations from what is to be a child between the ages of █ and ██. The source of the distress calls is estimated to be located approximately 200 meters below the initial platform. However, any attempts to descend the staircase have failed to bring subjects closer to the source. The depth of descent calculated from Exploration IV, the longest exploration, is shown to be far beyond both the possible structure of both the building and geological surroundings. At this time, it is unknown if SCP-087 has an endpoint.
SCP-087 has undergone four video recorded explorations by Class-D personnel. Each subject conducting an exploration has encountered SCP-087-1, which appears as a face with no visible pupils, nostrils, or mouth. The nature of SCP-087-1 is entirely unclear, but it has been determined that it is not the source of the pleading. Subjects exhibit feelings of intense paranoia and fear when faced with SCP-087-1, but it is undetermined whether said feelings are abnormal or simply natural reactions.
Over a period of 2 weeks following Exploration IV, several members of the staff and students from the [REDACTED] campus reported knocking at a variable rate of 1-2 seconds per knock coming from the interior of SCP-087. The door leading to SCP-087 has been fitted with 6-centimeter thick industrial padding. All reports of knocking have ceased.