the weak are meat

The storytelling of The Terror: Infamy might be a bit rushed at times, but the show sure knows how to get creepy. “The Weak Are Meat”, the latest season 2 entry, ratchets up the horror movie tropes – jump-scares, significant gore, and even a killer ghoul sporting a spooky mask. And if all that isn’t enough for you, there’s a steadily rising body count to boot.

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Gaman review

Have you ever accidentally bitten your tongue? Hurts, doesn’t it? Now – imagine a ghost woman biting your tongue completely off, and think about how damn painful that must be. And if you can’t imagine it, don’t worry: this week’s episode of The Terror: Infamy is here to show it to you. The ghastly, grisly, gory moment comes near the end of “Gaman”, the third installment of the new season. It’s a jolting moment in an otherwise subdued episode.

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the terror All the Demons Are Still in Hell review

If I could offer one piece of advice to The Terror: Infamy it would be this: slow down. The second episode of the latest season of AMC’s spooky – and now disturbingly timely – anthology series moves at a mad dash. I’m not talking pacing, either. Rather, episode 2 – “All the Demons Are Still in Hell” – constantly feels as if it’s in a rush, bustling its characters from one location and plot point to the next. Perhaps this is meant to reflect the mental state of the characters, who are being kicked out of their homes and shuffled from one location to another. But as a result, the show is not letting its viewers have enough time to digest what they’re being fed.

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the terror infamy a sparrow in a swallow's nest

The first season of The Terror, an adaption of Dan Simmons’s novel of the same name, was a show that balanced two types of horror: the supernatural, and the natural. Sure, paranormal figures are plenty scary – but nothing is quite as scary as the inhumanity of human beings. Season 2, subtitled Infamy, jumps to a whole new set of characters and decides to crank-up the supernatural shenanigans. And yet, the underlying truth is there: ghosts and ghouls pale in comparison to fearful, foolish, hateful mortals.

Infamy is set against the backdrop of World War II, with the first episode – “A Sparrow in a Swallow’s Nest” – set literally on the eve of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The season is set within in a Japenese-American community that will soon find itself shipped-off to internment camps. This forced relocation of “outsiders” to camps is unfortunately timely, and comparisons between current events involving America’s current atrocious border camps will abound. But the Japenese internment camps are plenty horrifying on their own – a blemish on U.S. history. The thematic connection to history and current events makes The Terror: Infamy even more worth watching.

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the terror infamy trailer

One of the best shows on television last year, bar none, was AMC’s The Terror. The first season adapted the Dan Simmons novel of the same name, telling the complete story of a doomed Arctic expedition aboard the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus. It was based on Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition, a real historical incident. The ship’s names really were synonyms for “fear” and “hell,” and in their search for the Northwest Passage, they really did disappear with 129 men aboard.

You don’t have to be a J-horror lover to be excited about The Terror: Infamy (read our review here… but it certainly helps. This second season of The Terror is reinventing the show as an anthology series that serves up period drama with a horror twist. If you were so inclined, you could even go into it without having watched the first season (but why would you do that when the first season was so bracingly good?) What’s clear from the trailers and promos is that The Terror: Infamy will be drawing from both the real history of Japanese internment camps in the U.S. and the genre of kaidan (ghost tales) in Japanese literature.

How well do you really know your Japanese ghosts? Can you tell a ghost from a shapeshifter? How well do you really know your World War II history? Below, we’ll debrief the intrepid viewer on the supernatural folklore, Japanese cultural traditions, and real-life wartime events behind The Terror: Infamy. Consider this your field guide for the, ahem, terror that awaits viewers in the weeks to come. Read More »

the terror infamy featurette

The Terror: Infamy introduces audiences to a whole new group of characters who find themselves in peril. Set during World War II, Infamy follows a Japanese-American community dealing with both paranormal happenings and the disturbing realities of the Japenese internment camps the United States government set up after Pearl Harbor. A new The Terror Infamy featurette introduces you to the many characters you’ll meet on the AMC series this season.

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the terror infamy review

We find ourselves in terrifying times. Racism continually prevails. Fear is stoked daily. And there’s no end in sight. The Terror: Infamy understands this, and faces it head on. The latest season of AMC’s horror anthology show looks to the past, while also looking to the future. “Look at how little things have changed,” the series seems to be saying. “Look at how many horrible mistakes we’re making all over again.” Using the reprehensible World War II-era Japanese internment camps as a backdrop, The Terror: Infamy manages to mine horror from painful reality, while also dipping into the supernatural.

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the terror infamy trailer

One of the most acclaimed series of last year returns with a brand new season in a brand new time and location in The Terror: Infamy. This time, the historical horror anthology series takes us back to America during World War II, when Japanese-Americans were being sent to internment camps amid paranoia against the minority community. But the real-life horrors of the internment camps are only the backdrop for the supernatural horrors that are about the plague the cast led by George Takei in The Terror‘s second season. Watch The Terror Infamy trailer below.

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the terror season 2 trailer full

The Terror is returning with an unsettling and timely tale of terror. Season 2, officially titled The Terror: Infamy, is set in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. And if the existence of the camp itself wasn’t disturbing enough, the show also throws some creepy ghosts into the mix as well. The end result looks markedly different than the first season, but just as dread-inducing. Watch The Terror season 2 trailer below.

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the terror season 2 premiere

The Terror season 2, officially titled The Terror: Infamy, is set to make this summer extra scary. The second season of AMC’s horror anthology series has just announced an August premiere date, and there’s a set of first-look photos to go with it. Season 1 was an adaptation of Dan Simmons’ historical horror novel The Terror, about an expedition to the Arctic gone terribly wrong. Season 2 will tell a brand new story, set among a Japanese-American community during World War II. See the pics, and learn the Terror season 2 premiere date below.

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