Adding horror elements to what is already a horrible time in U.S. history, the first trailer for AMC’s horror series The Terror: Infamy adds shape-shifting spirits to Japanese internment camps.
Set during World War II, the trailer opens with sirens going off with announcements of the Pearl Harbor bombing. From there, the clip leads us to our central character, Chester Nakayama (Derek Mio), as he’s led to an internment camp where things don’t seem too normal. With multiple deaths happening in the community, the series follows the young man as he attempts to understand and subsequently combat whatever malevolent spirit is present.
Alongside Mio, Kiki Sukezane (Lost in Space), Cristina Rodlo (Miss Bala), Shingo Usami (Unbroken), Naoko Mori (Everest), Miki Iskikawa (Sway) and the legendary George Takei (Star Trek) will all star in the show’s new season.
Premiering on Aug. 12, the season is the second of what AMC is now calling an anthology series. The first season of The Terror was based on Dan Simmons’ 2007 novel of the same name, and told the story of a doomed expedition in the Arctic. Seemingly impossible to continue the story, the network has decided to expand upon the show in an American Horror Story type of way.
“The Terror has given us the opportunity to take a unique approach to the anthology format,” David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, said in a statement when the second season was originally announced. “We loved the concept of beginning with an actual historical event and overlaying it with a fictional horror element, and we are immensely proud of this show’s combination of cinematic scope and intimate character work. We are thrilled to announce a second season and dramatize one of the most chilling and important events of the 20th Century, guided by the vision of the gifted Alexander Woo and Max Borenstein.”
Woo (True Blood) and Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island) will act as co-creators and executive producers for the series. Big-time producer Ridley Scott (Alien: Covenant, Blade Runner 2049) will also act as an executive producer with David W. Zucker, Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert, Guymon Casady and Jordan Sheehan. Woo serves as the showrunner, with Narcos’ Josef Kubota Wladyka directing the first two episodes.
Watch the trailer for The Terror: Infamy below.