In recent years, the horror genre has predominantly been the dominion of the cinema. TV shows that set out to chill the blood and make the skin crawl are few and far between, with AMC’s The Walking Dead being a rare exception. Perhaps inspired by that zombie smash hit, the big networks are turning their eye to horror once more, and The River is the first new project to hit our screens. Read my preview below and be sure to tune in!
So what’s The River actually about? The series follows the story of Emmet Cole, a popular television personality and wildlife expert. When Cole vanishes while on a jaunt to the Amazon, his family, friends and crew embark on a rescue mission to recover their lost comrade.
At first glance, the show’s premise sounds more like an epic adventure than a creepy horror piece, but take our word for it, there’s something very nasty lurking within the rainforest, and it’s not long before things start to spiral horribly out of control.
If you’re still doubtful that The River has the potential to scare, we should perhaps mention that Oren Peli is the executive producer. Back in 2007, Peli wrote, produced and directed a little horror movie called Paranormal Activity that scared the pants off of the Western world, and you can certainly see that film’s influence on The River from the snippets and clips released so far! Peli developed the original story for The River alongside Michael R. Perry, who also played a key role in the Paranormal Activity franchise. Perry honed his thriller-writing skills on NBC’s recent mystery drama Persons Unknown and spooky Fox series Millennium, and even contributed a couple of episodes to classic kids horror series Eerie, Indiana back in the ’90s!
Michael Green also had a hand in The River‘s screenplay and boasts some strong credentials, with writing credits including this year’s Green Lantern film and episodes of Heroes and Smallville. Topping it all off, Jaume Collet-Serra – the director behind 2009 film chiller Orphan - helmed the pilot for The River too.
All in all, The River looks set to be a spectacular thrill-ride!
The River airs Saturdays, 9 PM, exclusively on STAR World!