The Terror on AMC: Reviews round-up

Critics who have watched the early episodes are full of praise for Ridley Scott’s chilling epic.

AMC's The Terror is one of the must-watch TV events of 2018.

Executive produced by Ridley Scott and featuring an all-star cast including Jared Harris, Ciarán Hinds and Tobias Menzies, the 10-part series is based on Dan Simmons bestselling novel.

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The Terror on AMC

Inspired by a true story, The Terror focuses on the British Royal Navy’s perilous voyage into uncharted territory as the crew attempts to discover the Northwest Passage, the route from Europe through the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction.

The Terror premieres in the UK – exclusive to BT customers.

UK viewers will be able to watch the two-hour series premiere on Tuesday, April 24th at 9pm on AMC – BT TV channel 332/381 HD.

BT Sport Pack customers will be able to watch on Sky Guide channel 192.

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The Terror

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

The first reviews

The Hollywood Reporter

The meticulous etching of characters and their complicated dynamics, the dissemination of dread, the vivid sense of prolonged isolation, all provide the foundations for what promises to be an escalating nightmare of disease, starvation and rampaging monster carnage.

Den of Geek

A tip of the sailor's hat to director Edward Berger, who helmed Go For Broke and gave the premiere a welcome cinematic quality. Berger's camera revels in the scenery, as the ships break through the ice into a new frontier. We get quite a few aerial shots that turn Erebus and Terror into little pins in the icy expanse. These sights complement this tale of doom well and elevate the episode to something we've not quite seen on horror TV before.

The Terror on AMC

Slash Film

In an era when horror-based television is becoming more and more prevalent, The Terror stands out. It is a triumph of mood and setting, full of scenes that chill the blood and quicken the pulse. We know going into The Terror that the cast of characters are doomed, but this foreknowledge doesn’t lessen how downright creepy the story ends up being.

We Got This Covered

The Terror, AMC’s historically-spun horror tale of Arctic exploration gone chillingly wrong, hits slower than its title suggests at first glance, but it still may hook audiences hungry for a 19th-century seafaring screamer.

The Terror on AMC

Sci-Fi Now

With its realistically dull candle and torch-lit photography, interpersonal bickering and dramas among the crew, those top-class production values (amazingly, the show was made almost entirely in a Budapest film studio), accurate period costumes and a creepy slow-burn approach punctuated with blood-and-guts, The Terror promises an epic tale of mental and physical hardship and supernatural horror; the real and the fantastical coming together in nightmarish circumstances.

 

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Variety

The Terror gives Jared Harris a much-deserved starring role, after excellent stints on quality dramas like Mad Men and The Crown. He is wonderful as the watchful Francis Crozier, a captain whose dashed romantic hopes have left him only the long voyage north.

Games Radar

AMC’s new TV show - which starts airing in the US on March 26, and April 24 in the UK on BT TV - is executive produced by Ridley Scott, and you can feel the Alien vibes threaded throughout the whole story. Swap the crew of the Nostromo for 19th century sailors, and the Xenomorph for something equally horrific, but perhaps less alien, and you get a good idea of where this is going. The main difference here (other than the fact this is a ten-part TV series, not a 90 minute movie) is that the tight confines of a spaceship are swapped for the dizzying expanse of the Arctic. While there was nowhere to run in Alien, there’s simultaneously everywhere AND nowhere to run in The Terror. There are shades of The Thing too (not just in the setting), and that blend of uneasy alliances, fear of the unknown, and stifling paranoia cuts deep through this show.

The Terror premieres in the UK – exclusive to BT customers.

UK viewers will be able to watch the two-hour series premiere on Tuesday, April 24th at 9pm on AMC – BT TV channel 332/381 HD.

BT Sport Pack customers will be able to watch on Sky Guide channel 192.

New to BT? Get BT TV >

Got BT Broadband? Add BT TV >

Got BT TV? Watch AMC on BT TV channel 332 or the BT Player >

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