Everyone who knows me is familiar with my affinity for horror movies, but if there̵7;s something I love more, it’s a good horror show. Especially anthological horror shows (a la American Horror Story). And that’s exactly what AMCs are terror is – there are currently only two seasons, but they are both worth watching.
The first season, is simply called terror, is a fictional story based on Captain John Franklin’s lost expedition in 1845. It follows the story of two ships – HMS Erebus and HMS Terror – which aimed to explore part of the northwestern passage of the Canadian Arctic.
But the expedition disappeared. Despite a search party that expired in 1848 and many others in the decades that followed, only random objects from the original expedition have been recovered. Thanks to modern science, we can extrapolate what happened, but the fact is that no one really know the whole story because those who lived it, die. That, of course, is the real part of the story.
And that’s where season one of The Terror comes in. It is a fictional story of the story that draws inspiration from the scientific evidence but adds a cool element of horror to the story through a largely invisible monster called Tunnbaq.
Pair it with the real horrors of 19th century life on a ship in a previously-undvigated part of the Northwest Passage, and well … you have all the right ingredients for a thrilling and thrilling series of horrors. Part of what does terror so scary is what you do not see – things that can happen or what comes now. Do not expect any cries of hope here as it is much better than cheap tensions.
As this is an anthology series, season two of terror, called Terror: Infamy, has nothing to do with the first season. But it shares a common theme with season one: it’s a fictional story based on actual events.
Disgrace takes place during World War II in a Japanese-American camp. It’s centered around Chester Nakayama (Derek Mio) and his family, who are taken from their home on Terminal Island. As difficult as life is in that situation, the real horror comes from the ominous yurei that haunts Chester and his family.
I will not give away the story of yurei as it is told Disgrace, as it is an important part of the plot throughout the season – where did it come from and why is it after the Nakayama family are two important issues. But I will say that Disgrace draws a lot of inspiration from Japanese horror, which has a very different feel than most American horror.
Japanese horror is often more psychological than its American counterpart, and it’s true in Disgrace. It has an intensity not uncommon for Japanese horror and Japanese horror-inspired movies and shows, which is a big part of the appeal from Disgrace. It’s also scary as hell, which is another cornerstone of the genre.
It’s honestly hard to talk about Disgrace without giving too much away, so I suggest you only give it a watch if you are a fan of Japanese (or psychological) horror in the first place. And it’s not quite as scary or beautiful as some J-Horror movies (it was done for TV broadcast), it does not feel watered down in any way.
Everyone told, both seasons of terror are very different but just as excellent. If you are a fan of the horror genre in general or just like to watch something with dark overtones that makes you guess, this is a series worth watching.
And the good news is that it was recently renewed for a third season. There’s no information on what it’s going to be about, but I’m already excited.
Both seasons for The Horror are available on Hulu or can be purchased over various streaming platforms.