Just in time for the Halloween season, Ryan Murphy takes a break from obnoxious teenage theater kids and their problems (I miss that time when Glee was good) to bring us American Horror Story. The show, which premiered Wednesday at ten, promises to fill the gore and sex void that’s been around since Nip/Tuck went off the air.
The show stars Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, and Taissa Farmiga as the typical American family that ain’t so typical. McDermott plays a wealthy psychiatrist who was caught cheating on his wife (the super hot Britton) soon after she miscarried(don’t worry, a demon will probably eat him at some point). To top this dysfunction, their teenage daughter enjoys cutting herself and burning people with cigarettes. And what, you may ask; does a doctor do to heal his broken brood? Why move to the land of wholesome family-based fun: Los Angeles, of course.
Naturally, when they arrive at their new home the realtor reveals that the last occupants of the house died there in a murder/suicide-type situation. Of course, they buy it anyway because brain-stained walls drive the asking price of a home way down. This proves my theory that the real number one indicator of future horror film victims is to be cheap rather than to be a slut. Add some creepy neighbors and a mental patient with scary eyes and the episode takes off.
If you’re looking for originality, look elsewhere. The show is basically the equivalent of what would happen if the last 80 years of the horror genre were to throw up a television show. The first episode alone packed in creepy redheaded twins, a disfigured man in black, and an evil basement laboratory. As for the driving plot: apparently the house causes its owner to go berserk and kill his family. Sound familiar? How about like The Shining or even The Messengers (which Dylan McDermott actually starred in)?
The question is: does the recycled horror-formula take away from the show? Honestly, no. It’s called American Horror story, so it gives you the best of horror cinema that has become a staple in American movies for decades (especially the ones that are rip offs of Japanese films). Imagine cramming together the best episodes of the Masters of Horror with better writing and acting. Sound good? I think so. Plus, it’s on FX so there will be tons of dialogue with soft cursing and scenes with a lot of man-ass. I have high hopes for this show, so give it a shot. The second episode premieres Wednesday at ten and at the very least it will give you something to watch in-between Sons of Anarchy episodes.
If you missed the first episode, catch it streaming on Hulu. (also, the image pictured below is a scene in that episode- you’re welcome in advanced).