Could I interest you in a new TV series about a pair of British naval ships seeking a new route to China during the mid-1800s? Nope? Nothing? What if I told you it was based on a bestselling historical-horror novel by Dan Simmons and would air on cable’s AMC network? Still on-the-fence? Fine. OK, what if it stars Jared Harris (Mad Men, The Crown) and Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones, Justice League), with Ridley Scott as an executive producer. Well now, didn’t see that coming did you?
AMC is a cable network known for its bold programming choices (The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Preacher), but it might have just found its most bizarre and dynamic new series yet in Simmons and Scott’s The Terror, a quasi-historical, horror, anthology series about sailors and marines stranded on the ice, fighting for survival against some kind of snow monster. Wait, what?
You heard me. Snow monster. The trailer for The Terror starts off like the sequel to Peter Weir’s excellent Master and Commander (2003) naval epic, but ends with graphic violence and mayhem typical of survival-action flicks like The Grey (2011) or 30 Days of Night (2007). Despite the absurdity of the premise, the series looks brilliantly shot and everyone appears to be taking it quite seriously.
“This place wants us dead,” is the ominous tagline for The Terror, which AMC defines as an epic suspense-thriller. The two crews seek a new route to China through the mysterious Northwest Passage, and the glory that comes with such a find, but their ships soon become encased in ice, stranded upon a bleak, frozen plane. Their subsequent fight for survival from the elements quickly turns to a fight for survival from the aforementioned snow monster, which might or might not be a polar bear (probably not). The series looks intense and riveting, and AMC is certainly no slouch when it comes to cranking-up the gruesome, so there’s that for you.
Are you interested in an anthology mash-up of frozen ships and spooky specters? Let us know in the comments down below!
The Terror hits AMC on March 26, 2018 at 9/8c.
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