the terror

AMC's The Terror to offer subtle horror

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Jan 15, 2018, 8:13 PM EST (Updated)

We all know that loose lips sink ships, but if your ship is already in plenty of danger, you’d expect some lips to loosen. That’s what happened today with the upcoming AMC show The Terror, which is about the 1840s search for the Northwest Passage.

At AMC’s TCA 2018 panel, executive producers David Kajganich and Soo Hugh -- along with stars Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, Adam Nagaitis, and Nive Nielsen -- spoke about the upcoming project.

Based on a nonlinear novel of the same name, the 10 hour show seemed “unproduceable” at times, though the scares will be just as effective as in the book. Kajganich said “horror that works best is the kind that doesn’t show itself right away,” which the show took to heart when revealing the mysterious creature at the heart of its subjects’ peril.


Also adding to the subject of source fidelity, Kajganich added that “characters who ascend in the book have different trajectories in the show, and other characters are used more than the book,” though as Hugh contributed, the creatives had time to balance historical accuracy with story.

The historical accuracy was met with cultural accuracy, as Nielsen’s character Lady Silence needed to be played by an Inuit.

“Inuit is one of the hardest languages to learn,” Nielsen said, with Harris saying that he “didn’t learn it but [he] copied what she said it sounded like.” Kajganich made clear that the team “wanted as many Inuit collaborators as possible” to “sniff out the realities” when it came to the supernatural and mythological elements of the story. “We wanted to get it right,” the executive producer said.

The Terror, with its mounting isolation and fear, will bring ... well, terror to AMC on March 26.