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What to Watch: Prime Video's 'Them: The Scare' Starring Luke James Mixes Genres While Exploring Black History

Them: The Scare - Luke James

The Anthology series Them: The Scare has hit Prime Video, and this weekend is the perfect time to watch a genre-blending provocative series that serves plenty of jump scares.

Starring Luke James, Deborah Ayorinde, and the legendary Pam Grier, the limited series has garnered rave reviews not only for the series creator Little Marvin but also for the performances of its lead stars.

Much like the show's predecessor, THEM: Covenant, The Scare tells the story of institutionalized racism at its core with subplots exploring many themes including loneliness, acceptance and what comes from the lack thereof. Episode one sets the tone for the series while offering plenty of jump scares and moments of anxiety-inducing sequences.

Los Angeles 1991 splatters across the screen at the beginning of episode one, pulling viewers into a familiar era in American History. Footage of Rodney King's police beating is shown in the background. The LA Riots and race relations in the police force show the evil of not only the murders that are happening in town, but within humans as well.

James plays Edmund Gains, an awkward man who works at a fictional Chuck E. Cheese look-alike restaurant. His innocent stature is ever so present, yet viewers will be unable to shake that uneasy feeling of watching the actor.

"The challenge was just myself believing in myself," James says in an interview with The Quintessential Gentleman.

That challenge has The Chi actor giving a career-defining performance of a man searching for family and home, ultimately making decisions that alter the course of his life and the lives of others.

"I had to tell the truth. I had to dive into my own experiences," James continues.

Viewers watching James play Edmund will realize the layers not only of his character but also of James as a Black man.

"It is an honor to be a Black man in this business and find success," he explains.

Watch our interview with Luke James below.

With powerful moments between each character and moments that hold a mirror up to society to this day, Them: The Scare knocks it out of the park. A heart-pounding thrill that will have the biggest horror fans revel in the series' tone and gore. Amazon's latest enters the thrust of the golden age of gender-bending true crime mysteries while staying true to Little Marvin's mission of exposing true evil.

All eight episodes of Them: The Scare are now available to be streamed on Prime Vide

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The ye old vibes from when I watched Flappy Bird this when it first came out struck hard.

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