Last year, AMC’s series The Terror delivered a horrifying Arctic tale about a doomed crew of men venturing through Antarctica to find a new travel route for ships. While it introduced a supernatural element in the form of a monstrous polar bear-like being, The Terror mostly focused on the horrors that men are capable of and the ugly transformations the body experiences when it is poisoned. Now, AMC is bringing back the anthology series with the name The Terror: Infamy. It will tackle a whole new horror of world history: Japanese internment camps.
This season will take place during World War II right after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1945. It will focus on the Japanese and Japanese-Americans who were forced into the internment camps of Southern California. As if these camps aren’t horrifying enough, there is a spirit that haunts its buildings. Similar to the first season of The Terror, it seems that The Terror: Infamy will focus heavily on the horrors capable by humans with the paranormal playing a smaller role.
In AMC’s announcement of the new season, showrunner and co-creator Alexander Woo said, “I’m deeply honored to be telling a story set in this extraordinary period. We hope to convey the abject terror of the historical experience in a way that feels modern and relevant to the present moment. And the prospect of doing so with a majority Asian and Asian-American cast is both thrilling and humbling”.
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Woo isn’t wrong, especially with the current debates online about calling what is happening on the U.S.-Mexican border, “concentration camps.” The United States is no stranger to trying to contain what they wrongfully perceive as a threat, so The Terror: Infamy sadly couldn’t have been announced at a better time.
Co-creator and executive producer Max Borenstein added to Woo’s sentiment, saying:
As a history-buff and genre geek (not to mention a conscious American today), it’s clear that truth is always scarier than fiction. This season of The Terror uses as its setting one of the darkest, most horrific moments in our nation’s history. The Japanese-American internment is a blemish on the nation’s conscience — and one with dire resonance to current events. I’m thrilled that AMC is giving us the chance to use that darkness as the inspiration for what I hope will be a trenchant, terrifying season of TV.
AMC’s horror anthology series continues to showcase the terrifying events and places that lurk within history. The Terror: Infamy premiers on AMC Monday August 12. What did you think of the first season of The Terror? Are you ready for season two? Let us know on Twitter, Reddit, and in the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!