Warning: Contains spoilers from episodes 1 and 2
With Halloween right around the corner, it’s only fitting that Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck, the co-creators of Glee, premiere a new, terrifying show called ‘American Horror Story’. Though these are the two people who brought us the upbeat, song-filled journey of misfit high schoolers, you can be sure that this is NOTHING like that. American Horror Story is a completely different entity, containing its own uniqueness we’re used to from Ryan Murphy shows.
If there’s one thing Ryan knows how to do it’s keep his audience glued to their television sets and American Horror Story is no exception.
The general plot of the show revolves around the Harmon family. Before the show begins, the mom, Vivian (Connie Britton) suffers a brutal miscarriage causing a rift between her and her husband, Ben (Dylan McDermott). This rift grows even more after she discovers he’s having an affair with one of his students. Torn apart, the couple, along with their daughter, Violet (Taissa Farmiga) uproots and moves into a new, spooky home…and this is where the terror truly begins.
From the moment they set foot into the home, something is clearly not right. Ben wakes up in the middle of the night, seemingly sleepwalking. He’s got a new penchant for fire here, too. A man in a rubber suit lurks around. But exactly who is he? Or, better yet, what is he? The Harmon’s gain a maid, who they’ve never met before. However, when Vivian sees her she’s a haggard old woman. When Ben sees her, she’s a sexy, young lady. Exactly what is going on here?
The pilot episode basically sets up the story and the mystery, so make sure to pay close attention. There’s a lot of detail here and not listening could mean missing vital information in this intriguing tale. Jessica Lange as the Harmon’s nosy next door neighbor is perfection and she is definitely a standout here. She is deliciously evil and I know that the viewers are going to love to hate her.
The second episode, ‘Home Invasion’, delves deeper into the mystery of the house and Vivian and Violet end up in a very dangerous situation. The ending of this episode ends on a cliffhanger, so I’ll definitely be tuning in for episode 3. This episode will air October 12th, so make sure to tune in to find out more!
American Horror Story certainly isn’t for everyone, something you’ll find out about 15 minutes in. It’s also TV-MA meaning it’s for mature audiences only. It’s got nudity, profanity, and more. Make sure you know what you’re getting into before watching.
I’m very captivated by the series and I was truly frightened in certain scenes. Some of the images will stay with you long after the show has ended. It’s also set up the mystery of the home very well and I know I’ll be excited to tune in each week to find out more about the Harmon’s and the truth behind this house.
American Horror Story premieres Wednesday, October 5th at 10/9c on FX.
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