American Horror Story : The Television Series
Creepy Latex Guy?!
I don't easily get excited about television shows unless it's some kind of police drama or something to do on ancient aliens. So when I started seeing posters for this show at the train station, I was a little freaked out by them. The red background reminded me too much of blood, which I'm sure was the point. Then the "creature" dressed in black latex was unnerving. Imagine waking up next to that guy every morning. Not a pleasant thought. Finally, there was the pregnant woman. I really couldn't figure out what was going on there but needless to say my interest was piqued.
American Horror Story is a horror-drama series that centers on the Harmon Family. Vivian, Ben, and their daughter Violet, move from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivian suffers a miscarriage and Ben is caught cheating on his wife with one of his younger students. Once in Los Angeles, they are told about the murder/suicide of the previous owners of the mansion that they are interested in. They buy it... at a lower price of course. On top of the already creepy dead inhabitants of the house, the Harmon's are greeted by their crazy neighbor Constance and the mansion's old seductive maid, Moira. Old and seductive you say? Sorry can't spoil it for you if you haven't seen it! Along for the ride comes Tate who is one of Ben's patients. Tate and Violet have a bit of a thing for each other. It's not going to be a good relationship for her in the long run, I can tell you that right now.
By now the show is a couple of episodes in and I have to say that American Horror Story is one of my favorite shows this year. I am absolutely impressed. The commercials did a pretty good job of grabbing my attention. I mean come on, have you seen the Creepy Latex Guy? That guy would spook anybody. Not to mention that the dialogue between Constance and Moira keeps me guessing at every turn. Their history together is a nifty little part of the series. What about Larry? Besides his disfigurement, he's just plain weird!
Big fan so far!
I am a big fan of the flashback sequences in the beginning of every episode. At first I wasn't so into them because I just wanted to know what was going on with the Harmon's, but I came to realize that to understand what was going on in the house you had to pay close attention to the flash backs because that's where the real story was. American Horror Story isn't even about the Harmon family. It's about the mansion. It's about all the people that died in that house and how they can't escape it. Scary!
So far in the series, we have had multiple deaths due to flashbacks, regular real time deaths, creepy ghosts making their presence known, men in latex, sex, psychotic behavior and you can't forget the dead babies in jars. Some people have said that the show is being over done and the gross-out factor is too high, but honestly I think this show has some serious potential. It's not all about the blood and gore like some horror movies do, it's also about the innate fear of the unknown that humans have. I think the show does good job of keeping you thinking even after it's over.
Best part of the show? The actors can actually ACT!!!!!
- Dylan McDermott as Dr. Benjamin "Ben" Harmon
- Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon
- Taissa Farmiga as Violet Harmon
- Evan Peters as Tate Langdon
- Denis O'Hare as Larry Harvey
- Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon
If you haven't watched the show and are a horror fan, your missing out! So run along and watch the episodes! and if you have seen it, leave a comment on your thoughts about the show so far! Thanks for reading!