This week, The Terror wins kudos from the Los Angeles Times, GQ and other critics, while Executive Producer Soo Hugh discusses the show with Vanity Fair. Plus, TheWrap reports that the Season Premiere set a ratings record. Read on for more:
• The Los Angeles Times commends The Terror, which “turns a macabre slice of history into a beautifully executed, 10-episode tale of the fight for survival. Nerve-racking suspense, a deceptively gorgeous landscape and the deeply developed characters lend a rich, big-screen quality to The Terror‘s hourlong episodes.”
• GQ applauds The Terror as “an effective and fascinating blend of horror and historical drama, which manages to generate considerable suspense and horror in a format that seems designed to undercut it.”
• Executive Producer Soo Hugh tells Vanity Fair that viewers “already know they’re going to be scared with a title like The Terror, but what’s surprising is how much more emotional the show is beyond the genre tropes.
• Newsweek looks at the real story behind the series, noting that “monster aside, The Terror has remarkable fidelity to the actual Franklin Expedition and its equally grim fate. So what’s the true story behind the loss of the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror?”
• Soo Hugh tells The Daily Beast, “We felt a grave responsibility knowing that these stories were based on true people.”
• Reviewing The Terror, Vox writes that “the members of the Franklin expedition encountered their own apocalypse out there, on all that ice, amid the bleary white. If that sounds like a depressing thing to make a 10-episode TV series about, well, it is. It’s also tremendous.”
• The Daily Beast calls The Terror “a portrait of hubris, ambition and insanity, led by a collection of excellent performances that root the action in a complex sense of emotional and psychological upheaval and disintegration.”
• “The Terror is easily one of the most downright scary shows to hit TV in years,” declares Collider.com.
• The Village Voice praises The Terror as “always suspenseful, superbly acted, shrewdly paced, and committed to the summoning up what the experience of Arctic isolation might actually have been like.”
• Tobias Menzies explains The Terror‘s appeal, saying, “Beautiful writing. Very kind of restrained and the confidence of storytelling didn’t feel the need to explain too much. Rich on the detail,” according to Decider.
• Discussing the truth behind The Terror, Bustle comments, “Though the story is sensational enough in real life, there are still plenty of gaps that the series can fill in with a bit of fiction and horror.”
• For recaps and reviews of Season 1, Episode 1, “Go for Broke,” and Episode 2, “Gore,” check out A.V. Club, CarterMatt (1 and 2), Den of Geek (1 and 2), /Film, Horror News Network, Showbizjunkies.com, TV Guide and Vulture (1 and 2).
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