As hard to fathom as it is, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Ridley Scott masterpiece Alien. A truly revolutionary picture, both in terms of horror and science fiction, Alien was groundbreaking in so many ways that it has spawned multiple sequels, merchandising, games, and has generally influenced pop culture in all facets since the late ’70s that truly cannot be measured to this day. While the last film entry in the franchise, 2017’s Alien: Covenant, was a pretty good movie there has been little movement on the sequel front since due to licensing and script delays. But 20th Century Fox knew that they had to capitalize on this important moment as best they could, and keep the hardcore fans satiated.
It seems like the 19th century is television’s era of choice these days with shows like TNT’s The Alienist and FX’s Taboo leading the way back into the bizarre past. Fans of these programs (as well as naval dramas which also originated in the 19th century) will undoubtedly enjoy AMC’s adaptation of Dan Simmons The Terror, as the first two episodes of the series welcome viewers to a world of icy despair and desperation.
The series is produced by Ridley Scott and based on the harrowing true-life account of the H.M.S. Erebus and H.M.S. Terror, which disappeared without a trace on a mission to discover the Northwest Passage nearly two centuries ago (and if you are looking for more on the “true story”, Nova recently featured an examination of the discovery of the remains of one of the ships, which occurred in 2014). read more
AMC recently released a two and a half minute video featuring Ridley Scott discussing The Terror. The video gives us a closer look at the frigid landscape and the social tension aboard the ship as Scott talks about the realism mixed with fiction.
Based on the 2007 novel The Terror by Dan Simmons, the TV series is set in 1847 and chronicles a desperate game of survival as the crew of the HMS Terror becomes trapped in the ice and stalked by a mysterious predator.
AMC hopes that The Terror will help bring viewership back to the network as ratings for the networks staple The Walking Dead continue to tumble. Having industry legend Ridley Scott team up with Television 360, the crew behind hits like Game of Thrones, only enhances the chance of this series becoming another giant for the network. read more
The trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming horror series The Terror was just released by AMC, and it will certainly send chills up and down your spine. The show portrays a fictionalized account of an actual 1845 expedition in the Arctic in which all 129 crew members and two large ships were lost forever. The trailer can be seen below.
Scott will executive-produce The Terror, with incomparable Irish actor Jared Harris (From Within, TV’s Fringe) playing Francis Crozier. Crozier was the captain of the Terror, one of the two ships that were never heard from again. Fellow Irishman Ciarán Hinds will portray John Franklin, who led the expedition into the great unknown nearly 185 years ago. The Terror and its counterpart, the Erebus, led an ill-fated journey to explore the Arctic which, more than likely, led to the deaths of all involved due to exposure to the extreme elements. However, what if it was because of monsters?! That’s the premise of AMC’s The Terror, and why the horror community can’t wait for it’s premiere. read more
AMC has announced the debut date for the arctic horror story The Terror, based on the Dan Simmons’ novel of the same name. The Terror comes from executive producers Ridley Scott, David Kajganich and Soo Hugh and will open with a two-hour premiere on Monday March 26th at 9:00 p.m.
According to the official press release, the story was inspired by true events and follows “…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.” read more
Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner), and Stephen Knight (Peaky Blinders) recently collaborated on the historical supernatural/suspense drama Taboo, which aired on FX stateside and on BBC across the pond. The series featured Hardy’s signature intense and nuanced performance alongside Scott’s and Knight’s knack for storytelling. Taboo will fortunately be returning for another season, but the talented trio also have an additional project on their plates: the group will now adapt A Christmas Carol and several other books by Charles Dickens for BBC One. read more
Blade Runner 2049 is a breathtaking achievement which can remind even the bitterest critic of contemporary moviemaking that the big studios can still deliver artistic, emotional, and thought provoking material to cinemas. Between its expert handling of the source material, its downright gorgeous set design and cinematography, and its incredible performances, the film is a bona fide masterpiece which is more than worthy of the Blade Runner name.
Thirty-five years ago, Blade Runner was released in theaters after a rocky production period. The film didn’t exactly receive a warm reception, and there have since been multiple cuts of the film to more accurately reflect director Ridley Scott’s unadulterated, yet updated vision. However, throughout all of the cuts of the movie, fans and critics began to appreciate it more and more. Its aesthetic was decades ahead of its time, and its themes and motifs were simply beyond the scope of anything else available in the early 80s. It was beautiful, it was terrifying, it was haunting, and it was unforgettable. The movie has since achieved the kind of legendary status that few of its contemporaries currently enjoy; and creating a sequel after 35 years of nostalgia and canonization would be a daunting task for any director. read more
The movie community lost a legend with the announcement that actor Harry Dean Stanton has passed away at the age of 91. Although he was never honored by mainstream institutions like the Academy Awards, Stanton was well known to directors and lovers of film alike as a one-of-a-kind force on unforgettable projects throughout his illustrious career.
Harry Dean Stanton was born in Kentucky in 1926. He moved to California and began racking up acting credits in the mid 50s. He career began to explode in the mid 70s with a variety of high profile projects. His body of work includes collaborations with directors John Carpenter, David Lynch, Sam Peckinpah, and Ridley Scott. Film lovers know him for his roles in mainstream projects like Paris, Texas and the television series, Big Love. Horror fans know him for his unforgettable performances in Alien, Escape from New York, and Repo Man. read more
Ridley Scott’s 1982 film, Blade Runner takes place in 2019. Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming Blade Runner 2049 will take place a full thirty years after the events of the original film. It’s understandable that all of this passage of real-life and narrative time between Blade Runner and its sequel may cause viewers to have questions before going in to see the new film. Warner Bros. have just released a short film to fill in some gaps and answer a few questions about how the world of the film has changed since we first saw it. read more
Blade Runner 2049, the highly anticipated sequel to the 1982 Ridley Scott masterpiece is right around the corner! It launches in theaters on October 6th, 2017, but you can watch a brand new making-of featurette, courtesy of Warner Bros. Studios, today.
Entitled “Time to Live,” (a play on Roy Batty’s and Leon Kowalski’s famous line, “Time to die!” from the original film) the clip shines some light on the creative process of Scott, director Denis Villeneuve, and actors Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. In the video, art director Paul Inglis has this to say about the nostalgic-yet-original look of the new movie: read more