Perhaps he was born at the wrong time. Maybe he didn’t get the promotion he deserved. Perhaps it was the disappointment due to a much less impressive second season (each season told a separate story, and here we come to the first). But it gives the feeling that’The Terror‘ deserved to enter the Olympus of the great genre series of recent years and few remember it. Luckily, you can get it back on Prime Video.
Produced by Ridley Scott, it is a series that in its first season adapts (and takes the title from) a novel by Dan Simmons. It was written by the expert in horror fiction David Kagjanich, who in addition to this ‘The Terror’ wrote the amazing ‘The Town Creek Massacre’ by Joel Schumacher and the two genre films by Luca Guadagnino, ‘Suspiria’ and ‘Hasta los bones’.
In it we are told about the royal expedition that the British Sir John Franklin made to the Arctic between 1845 and 1848 on two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. His intention is to demonstrate the existence of the Northwest Passage, an unexplored area that borders America to the north. What happened there remains a mystery, but investigations found clues that the crews suffered from hypothermia, malnutrition and possibly cannibalism to survive.
‘The Terror’ puts a supernatural twist on the story, presenting possible unexplained causes for the tragedy. All in ten episodes of supreme intensity, benefited by the claustrophobic environment and by the extraordinary performances of actors like Jared Jarris or Tobias Menzies. One of the recent landmarks of terror and mystery on television, and that deserves to be reviewed for its courage and abundant visual findings.
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