Happy Halloween, y’all!
Are you watching “American Horror Story” on F/X? You should be. It’s hecka scary.
Judge and jury are still out on the longevity of the series, but on a weekly basis, it consistently serves up a juicy dish of heebie jeebies.
Yep, heebie jeebies.
It has settled into the pattern of opening each episode with a flashback to a particularly gruesome murder (are murders ever NOT gruesome?) that occurred in the house where the main characters live.
Imagine every irrational fear, things that make you jump, open closets, et cetera, and then imagine encountering them ALL. THE. TIME.
“American Horror Story” stars Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”), Dylan McDermott (“The Practice”), Jessica Lange (Big Fish, Tootsie), and Frances Conroy (“Six Feet Under”). The show follows the Harmon family, Ben (McDermott), Vivien (Britton) and Violet (Taissa Farmiga), who move from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien gives birth to a stillborn baby and Ben has an affair with one of his students. The family moves to a restored mansion, unaware that the home is haunted. Ben and Vivien try to rekindle their relationship while Violet suffers from depression.
They buy this beautiful but creepy house. Their emo daughter loves it, and it works well for McDermott to operate his psychiatry practice out of. (Ew. I just ended a sentence with a preposition.)
Enter Creepy Neighbor Constance (Lange), who keeps popping up at random, throw in her grown daughter Addie who talks to ghosts, a half-burned man who stalks Ben, a maid who is either young or old depending on who sees her, a murderous ghost in the basement, a few psycho patients, a scorned (and pregnant) ex-lover, and you pretty much have all you need for the best new show of the season.
My only concern is longevity. If it runs the way of the amazeballs AMC show “The Walking Dead,” then we’ll be okay. But if F/X expects “American Horror Story” to pump out twenty-two episodes this season or any future seasons, I fear the show will lag the way seasons 3 and 4 did of “Lost.”
Speaking of “Lost,” one of my favorite writers at Entertainment Weekly is writing recaps and feature articles about the show. His name is Jeff “Doc” Jensen and he did the same for “Lost.” You can read his musings here.
That’s it, I’m done. Just watch the show tonight at 8:00pm on F/X. Make sure you leave a light on, and have an episode of “Friends” on standby to detox your mind so you can sleep without nightmares.