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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 11, 2016
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
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  • Summary: The fourth installment of the anthology series was inspired by Charlotte Bywater's "Hidden Door" where newlyweds Jillian (Maria Sten) and Tom (Brandon Scott) discover an unusual door in their basement.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Horror, Suspense, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Oct 15, 2018
    83
    Reliably chilling horror anthology. [19/26 Oct 2018, p.92]
  2. Reviewed by: Haleigh Foutch
    Nov 1, 2018
    80
    Channel Zero reliably keeps the narrative tight with a six-episode run and with The Dream Door, Antosca wisely maintains focused on Jillian and Tom’s relationship and the baggage they bring with them. There are some missteps when the focus veers toward unnecessary characters or developments, but the heart of the story pays off very well in the end.
  3. Reviewed by: Alex McLevy
    Oct 26, 2018
    75
    The Dream Door is straightforward enough for a change, but that’s not the show’s strong suit; getting strange, scary, and logically unjustifiable are where it soars--just like a nightmare.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Oct 25, 2018
    70
    The Dream Door sags considerably in its midsection, but it ends well. And any time Pretzel Jack appears on screen, it’s understandable if you feel low-grade terrified.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Oct 25, 2018
    70
    It’s not flawless. Some of the performances, even in lead roles, are just a bit off (definitely not in supporting, in which you’ll find the legendary Barbara Crampton and always-solid Steven Weber), and I couldn’t shake the feeling that there’s a four-episode version of this story that’s stronger than the six. ... Like the stories on which it’s based, it seeks to unsettle you more than shock or disturb. And “The Dream Door” definitely does exactly that.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
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  1. Nov 4, 2018
    10
    Brutal imagery and a creative story make SyFy's fourth season entitled "The Dream Door" one of the best shows on television. The showBrutal imagery and a creative story make SyFy's fourth season entitled "The Dream Door" one of the best shows on television. The show definitely went in a direction I didnt anticipate. Kudos on a very creative story. The imagery is brutal and genuinely frightening at times. Who wants to be drowned by a contortionist clown? Not I!!! Congrats to an excellent cast, Maria Sten as JIll and Brandon Scott as Tom were spot on as a couple we could care about and root for. Steven Robertson was menacing as the slimy Ian. Nick Antosca and director EL Katz brought this terrifying vision to life in a myriad of novel and creative ways. Special congrats to Troy James who played Pretzel Jack. He did all those crazy movements and facial expression without ANY CGI. He is amazing. Check him out on season 1 of "America's Got Talent". Mind blown! Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2018
    8
    Ridiculous in all the right ways. While I think the characters were flat for the most part, the concept around this season is completely mad -Ridiculous in all the right ways. While I think the characters were flat for the most part, the concept around this season is completely mad - think Pokemon with terrifying childhood imaginary friends - and everything comes to an absolutely bonkers climax. Tons of fun - by far the least self-serious season of Channel Zero so far. Expand
  3. Nov 15, 2018
    6
    The weakest season yet for me, at least IMHO. I did enjoy the concept overall, but I kept seeing a lot of missed opportunities. Seasons 1 to 3The weakest season yet for me, at least IMHO. I did enjoy the concept overall, but I kept seeing a lot of missed opportunities. Seasons 1 to 3 held my interest for far stronger reasons as compared to S04. The newly weds their past secrets and a few other plot points this time around had me spacing out cus it felt a bit to melodramatic rather than a dreadful horror vibe.
    One of the main reveals in the season could probably be seen from a mile away, although I admit that 'I did not see it coming'; but when it happened it felt as though I should have expected it.
    There were a couple of twists in this season where after it happened it felt a bit cliched and that was a bit of a let down since they have been able to write much better and tighter scripts.
    Even so, the acting was top notch, editing and sound track was executed efficiently although a couple of song choices seems a bit misplaced, pacing was never an issue since it was always a slow burn, yet this time around I felt it dragged in a few places.
    But my biggest disappointment this season was they did not keep a Bitter-Sweet climax like the rest of the seasons, it was a much happier ending as compared to its preceding seasons and I hope this is not just to appeal to the broader masses.
    Still I think the writers can bounce back stronger for the next season and I will be eagerly waiting for it.
    Catch this season if only just for continuity sake, on the flip side skipping this season will not be a huge loss and the fact that I feel this way about it is a tad bit Disappointing !!
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