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The Terror Infamy
The Complete Second Season


Starring: Derek Mio, Kiki Sukezane and Cristina Rodlo
Distributor: Acorn Media International
RRP: £29.99


Certificate: 15
Release Date: 23 May 2022

Chester is a young man who lives with his Japanese family on the peaceful Terminal Island, near Los Angeles, USA. His father is a fisherman, but Chester strives for something more. When he falls in love with Luz, a Spanish-American student, events take an upward slant. However, the entire family’s world comes crashing down when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbour. Along with every other Japanese immigrant, the family is uprooted and shipped to an internment camp – Luz needlessly volunteering to accompany them. Seeing themselves as American citizens, they are suddenly feared and distrusted. But fear works both ways. A series of mysterious deaths plague the camp; there is not only the soldiers to fear, but it seems an ancient Japanese spirit of possession has followed them. Chester appears to be the catalyst, and will slowly uncover a personal past which will stun and chill him to the core. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainly, Chester must confront the demon spirit in order to protect his family and everyone around him...

Acorn Media International releases The Terror: Infamy on Blu-ray. It’s important that potential purchasers are not put off by seeing ‘The Complete Second Season’ on the cover. This is a stand-alone series – so we don’t come in halfway through the story. The Terror (effectively the first series) was a completely different tale, based on the excellent internationally acclaimed book by Dan Simmons. It was a fictionalised account of Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition to the Arctic, set between 1845 and 1848.The success of that spawned Infamy which, as I have intimated, is set during World War 2. It is a ten-part series over two discs (five on each).

Co-creators Max Borenstein (Godzilla) and Alexander Woo (True Blood) have produced a compelling exploration of mythical and man-made monstrosity. Period-set horror generally works very well. Choosing a time of emotional upheaval and turmoil doubles its effectiveness, and certainly gives the actors a lot more to work with. There would have been no questions to the director here about what their motivation is! Generally, I am not entertained by war stories, but that is probably because most are about the event rather than the people. Essentially, this is a story about inner-strength, resolve and belief in the face of extreme adversity. As a horror fan, the supernatural element is a bonus for me, and adds extra intrigue.

It’s lovely to see George Takei (Sulu from the original Star Trek series) playing a pivotal role both in front and behind the camera. He was a historical consultant on the series, as he himself had spent time in an internment camp as a child. In conclusion, I can thoroughly recommend this release. The latest news appears to be that series three has been put on hold. That’s a shame, because I’m certain there are many more historical tales to tell.


Ty Power

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