One of the most unsettling novels of the last decade is Dan Simmons' The Terror, a chilling yarn centering around the real-life 1845 British mission to find the elusive Northwest Passage that ends up imprisoned in crushing ice and its crew unmercifully hunted by some strange abominable creature imbued with supernatural powers.
Originally published in 2007, the best-selling book chronicles Captain Sir John Franklin's doomed expedition of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. It's a brilliantly detailed union of Patrick O'Brian-like maritime adventure tales married with classic monster-on-the-loose mania.
After years in development hell, AMC has finally adapted the memorable novel into a 10-episode historical horror series executive-produced by Ridley Scott and it's due to set sail in a two-hour series premiere on Monday, March 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The first unnerving teaser trailer for The Terror launched today, paired with some of the Budapest production's first official images, and this eerie arctic odyssey appears to embark on a must-see excursion when it airs next year.
Here's the official synopsis:
Inspired by a true story, The Terror centers on the Royal Navy’s perilous voyage into unchartered 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. 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.
Scott and AMC have recruited an outstanding cast for their prestige series and the ambitious adaptation stars Jared Harris (The Crown, Mad Men) as Captain Francis Crozier; Tobias Menzies (Outlander) as Captain James Fitzjames; Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones) as Sir John Franklin; Paul Ready (Cuffs) as Dr. Henry Goodsir; Adam Nagaitis (Suffragette) as Cornelius Hickey Nive Nielsen (The New World) as Lady Silence; Ian Hart (Neverland) as Thomas Blanky; and Trystan Gravelle (Mr. Selfridge) as Henry Collins.
“The Terror captures a rare combination of fascinating history, complex and flawed characters, the inextinguishable human spirit and the horror and promise of an uncharted world,” said executive producers and co-showrunners David Kajganich and Soo Hugh in a press release. “We are looking forward to bringing viewers into this world in March.”
Will you tune in for The Terror when it drifts into paranormal territory in March?