The Terror – TV series, USA, 2018 – overview

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The Terror is a 2018 ten-episode television series created by David Kajganich (Suspiria, 2018) and Soo Hugh. Produced by Robyn-Alain Feldman and executive produced by Ridley Scott for AMC (Fear the Walking DeadThe Walking Dead), the series is based on the 2007 novel of the same name by Dan Simmons. Edward Berger has directed three episodes. It stars Jared HarrisCiarán Hinds, and Tobias Menzies.

Inspired by a true story, The Terror focuses on the British Royal Navy’s perilous voyage into un-chartered territory as the crew attempts to discover the Northwest Passage.

Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope, and fear of the unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction. Edward Berger directed three episodes. It stars Jared Harris, Ciarán Hinds, and Tobias Menzies.

Frozen, isolated, and stuck at the end of the earth, The Terror highlights all that can go wrong when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements but with each other…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“If Harris and Hinds make for a compelling lead duo, The Terror is impeccably cast from top to tail, and the rest of the roster is filled out by an equally talented lot. The series takes the time and care to establish credible inner life to the crewmen of the two ships, and their overlapping conflicts and collusions are the ever-churning source of intrigue and menace that proves the greatest source of horrors once the shit hits the fan.” Haleigh Foutch, Collider

“There are situations in The Terror you’ll want to look away from (the ending, especially, is not for the squeamish), but Kajganich and Hugh have crafted each scene so purposefully (and with such exquisite detail), you can’t help but dive into the darkness with them. The terror creates madness, and one could argue there are parallels to the world we live in.” Ben Travers, IndieWire

” …the decision to stretch it out to a mini-series was a wise one, allowing The Terror a leisurely development of the crew’s growing anxieties. The Terror‘s virtually all-British cast is extraordinarily effective at teasing out the dread, teaspoon by teaspoon, particularly Ciaran Hinds (Game Of Thrones) as the full-speed-ahead commander Sir John Franklin and Jared Harris (Mad Men) as his far more cautious second in command, Francis Crozier.” Glenn Garvin, Reason

“Anyone coming into The Terror thinking this will be a tea-and-crumpets period piece should be startled right about here in the premiere. In that sense, The Terror is a fascinating study in unexpected shocks—long scenes of dialogue and character punctuated by extreme violence—which ably represents a mission that was likely numbingly boring for most of the day until those moments when it was undeniably deadly.” Brian Tallerico,

Buy Dan Simmons’ novel:

Cast and characters:

  • Jared Harris as Francis Crozier – Poltergeist; The Quiet Ones; The Ward; From Within
  • Tobias Menzies as James Fitzjames – Underworld: Blood Wars; Doctor Who
  • Ciarán Hinds as Captain John Franklin – The Woman in BlackGhost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance; The Rite; The Phantom of the Opera; Tales from the Crypt TV series
  • Paul Ready as Doctor Henry Goodsir
  • Adam Nagaitis as Cornelius Hickey
  • Edward Ashley as William Gibson
  • Matthew McNulty as HMS Terror 1st lieutenant Edward Little
  • Liam Garrigan
  • Ronan Raftery
  • Nive Nielsen as Lady Silence

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2 Comments on “The Terror – TV series, USA, 2018 – overview”

  1. Reblogged this on Secret Panda and commented:
    If this TV adaptation of Dan Simmons’ book (which I have still not read) is anything like the real events it is based on it may well be too grim to watch. On the other hand, icy glory.

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