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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 26, 2018
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  • Summary: The fictional account of the Royal Navy's expedition led by Sir John Franklin (Ciaran Hinds) in 1847 to locate the Northwest Passage is based on Dan Simmons's 2007 novel of the same name where the crew on the HMS Terror are trapped in the ice and attacked by an unknown entity.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Mar 26, 2018
    100
    The storytelling here, from a team led by David Kajganich and Soo Hugh, gains strength from its slow burn. The utter desolation and horror of the series’ back half is made more potent by how relatively normal things are for the first few episodes, before reality starts to buck and heave like the ever-shifting ice.
  2. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Mar 26, 2018
    91
    The Terror is an exceptional series of surviving in the face of real yet unimaginable horrors.
  3. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Mar 23, 2018
    83
    AMC's well-acted series recalls John Carpenter's snowy monster freak-out, though it's less interested in creatures than the shifting power dynamics of desperate men. [30 March 2018, p.50]
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Feb 22, 2018
    80
    There's an impressive confidence to the storytelling that will grab viewers with a taste for sophisticated horror. All-round terrific acting is a huge part of it, notably from Harris in his best role since Mad Men.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Mar 23, 2018
    70
    The Terror takes its time a bit too leisurely on occasion and likely would have been stronger at eight episodes, or maybe even six, but it’s a solid addition to this new trend of TV literary adaptations.
  6. Reviewed by: Terry Terrones
    Mar 23, 2018
    67
    While it can be tough to watch, this series tells a compelling story with the help of a stellar cast and stunning visuals.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 26, 2018
    58
    Harris is especially terrific as a man growing into his own heroism even as forces mortal and not so mortal conspire against him. But as the 10 episodes unspool and the body count mounts, the only dread you may experience watching The Terror is that feeling you are wasting your time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. Apr 11, 2018
    10
    The Terror was so good, it's difficult to explain what a British fictional period prestige piece mashed together with an Eskimo horror storyThe Terror was so good, it's difficult to explain what a British fictional period prestige piece mashed together with an Eskimo horror story wrapped around an actual historical event ticks just every single one of my favorite lists. The cast was brilliant, the story was so well done, the cinematography was outstanding. This is my favorite show of the year so far, and it's not even close. Expand
  2. May 22, 2018
    10
    This survival horror show about the about a crew of two British exploration ships stranded in the Arctic is probably the best scaryThis survival horror show about the about a crew of two British exploration ships stranded in the Arctic is probably the best scary television program I've ever seen.

    A problem with a lot of horror shows is that they just don't have enough material to stretch things out for multiple episodes, which results in some good scenes and a lot of awkwardness. (Even award-winner American Horror Story is uneven.) The Terror, however, has seldom a wasted moment. There is a gripping combination of British drama, survival against the elements, and a supernatural monster. The creature is actually used sparingly, as it isn't a match for the natural and man-made trials the crew faces, including the growing forbodingness as the elements take their physical toll and despair, desperation, and madness take hold.

    Gore hounds may like it when the show gets truly violent, as the effects are amazing and surprisingly visceral in this regard. For those who don't aren't as big as fans of that sort of thing, the violence happens sparingly like many Guillermo del Toro movies. Things do get nasty, but it feels relevant to the plot and never needlessly exploitative.

    The cast is all excellent here. I'm expecting awards nominations for some of them. Even though The Terror is partially a testament to man's hubris, the characters are fully fleshed out, never feeling like generalized tropes of the British empire.

    The show operates on a TV budget, and it shows sometimes, but the sets and scenery still manage to create an impressive sort of bleakness.

    A few caveats: The British cast can be a little hard to make out sometimes and you may want to use the subtitles. A lot of characters look and are dressed the same. (So many sideburns!) So, I got people confused sometimes. Lastly, they could have explained the creature a little more.
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  3. Mar 29, 2018
    10
    The show draws you in immediately. It feels a lot like the first Alien movie with its atmosphere and general sense of dread (it even steals aThe show draws you in immediately. It feels a lot like the first Alien movie with its atmosphere and general sense of dread (it even steals a scene from the movie). After only two episodes it's the only thing on right now, for me, that's a must-watch. The characters are well-written and multi-dimensional. The story is intriguing. Really looking forward to see how it plays out. Expand
  4. Sep 24, 2018
    8
    These series are intended to viewing to a narrow circle of people. There is no romanticism of travel. Instead there is a lot of dirt,These series are intended to viewing to a narrow circle of people. There is no romanticism of travel. Instead there is a lot of dirt, treachery and severe real life. For 10 series of a lot of things occurs, but action of development of characters doesn't develop characters in any way. The series don't pull on a horror, on the historical drama. Screenwriters have run for 2 hares, and as a result have received that not another. In a plot and in historical reliability the great cast can't even save sag. Too already just the polar expedition when travelers are too easily dressed looks, and at the subzero temperature of air from mouths there are no couples. And though the strongest part of series - art granting and a soundtrack look perfectly, the understanding that everything could be better in respect of the scenario causes disappointment. In general if screenwriters have more taken would be got at the fountain-head even better. And so it is just good series with an unsolved potential. Waiting for the 2nd season. Expand
  5. Apr 11, 2018
    7
    Ótima atmosfera, boa fotografia, o piloto e o segundo episódio prendem a atenção do espectador com suspense e uma ótima história. Dei nota 7Ótima atmosfera, boa fotografia, o piloto e o segundo episódio prendem a atenção do espectador com suspense e uma ótima história. Dei nota 7 por ser começo da temporada. Veremos mais adiante. Expand
  6. Apr 10, 2018
    5
    Entirely skippable fare from AMC, billed as a premium series without anything other than cinematography and a few individual performances toEntirely skippable fare from AMC, billed as a premium series without anything other than cinematography and a few individual performances to pull it out of pure mediocrity.

    Billing this as historical is disingenuous, and calling it a thriller is even worse. The Antarctic has never had an indigenous people (Inuit/Eskimo) living there. No one even travelled there before the 1700s, and even then it was a relatively brief stay due to the inhospitable conditions.

    The story is one of a mysterious animal/spirit/thing that transitions into something far more mundane. Both are quite boring, yet equally adept at slowly killing the crew and our interest. The story gives up the pretension of trying to make sense by the end of episode six, and does little to redeem itself after that point. I can only imagine it was trying to induce the same mental state in the viewer as those suffering on the screen.
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  7. Apr 9, 2018
    0
    Great show indeed! But why on earth in episode 3 where Mr.Goodsir takes a photo of the group and is measuring the time of the exposition, weGreat show indeed! But why on earth in episode 3 where Mr.Goodsir takes a photo of the group and is measuring the time of the exposition, we clearly see on the chronometer a sign "Сделано в СССР" - Made in USSR !!!??? USSR was founded in 1922...the story of Terror used to happen in 1847:) Expand

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