Exploring Horror in the Jungle: The River Brings the Fear


Dr. Emmet Cole is missing.

The beloved host of The Undiscovered Country, which brought the wonder and magic of the natural world into our homes for so many years, has disappeared in the wilds of the Amazon. Gone for six months now—and believed by many to be dead—his emergency beacon went off two weeks ago. Now Dr. Cole’s wife and frequent co-host of The Undiscovered Country, Tess, has begun the search for her husband. With the help of her son, Lincoln, and crew members Lena Landry, Emilio Valenzuela and his daughter Jahel, and Captain Kurt Bryndilson, Tess is looking to be reunited with her husband and save the rest of his missing crew.

Documenting the journey will be Dr. Cole’s long-time friend and collaborator on The Undiscovered Country, award-winning Producer Clark Quietly, and a team of renowned camera operators including AJ Poulain.

But the search for Dr. Cole may provide more questions than answers. Where have he and the missing crew been? What mysteries of the uncharted Amazon did they capture on film? Can this family that was torn asunder six months ago be miraculously reunited? The world holds its breath as we wait to find out just what became of Dr. Emmet Cole and his crew. (Show summary from www.abc.com).

It’s not very often when a TV show can actually creep me out. Yes, The Walking Dead definitely has its moments, but for me, The River brings a whole new level of creepiness to the TV playing field. From creepy dolls to South American myths, this show travels from creepy into full horror with surprising ease.

The brain child of Oren Peli and Michael R. Perry, directors and writers of the Paranormal Activity series, this show is shown in both the found footage type of viewing and also through the lenses of cameras held by the searchers. This gives us a unique viewing experience as the realism of found footage/live footage creates a world that seems real. All of the supernatural elements are based off of folklore and creates a mystique that is unique in its setting.

While there may be some plot gaps in some of the episodes, this show does provide a great viewing experience. Intriguing character development, beautiful landscape, and a very creative plot with excellent monster development gives the viewers a new experience and a welcome when compared to other shows.

If you aren’t creeped out by dolls, you will be after the season premiere.

Next weeks episode will be the sixth one of the season. Here are the episode recaps (from www.abc.com):

Magus – Six months after adventurer Dr. Emmet Cole goes missing in the Amazon, his location beacon sends out a signal; Emmet’s wife, Tess, along with her son and Emmet’s film crew, embark on a journey to find him.

Marbeley – When the spirit of Dr. Emmet Cole mysteriously enters Jahel, the message is clear… go home! Instead, Tess determines to go into the jungle to find clues to Cole’s whereabouts.

Los Ciegos – When the crew of the Magus goes blind from tree spores, lone holdout AJ must overcome his most-paralyzing fear to find a cure before the blindness becomes permanent; the local tribe stalks the crew and judges if they are worthy to stay in the jungle.

A Better Man – As the search for Emmet continues, one of his crew members is found exhibiting symptoms of a mystical curse; Lincoln tries to be the moral compass of the group.

Peaches – Another vessel runs the Magus crew aground; a shocking discovery leads to tears.



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