With a great cast that includes Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, and Dylan McDermott, American Horror Story looked to be a good bet this Fall, and I wasn’t disappointed after seeing the pilot. Definitely earning its 10pm time slot (it’s slated as a psychosexual thriller and features lots of nudity, sex, and some pretty darn creepy demon-type stuff), this new series on FX has a taut, horror movie-like atmosphere and numerous good scares in just one hour.
American Horror story is set in LA, where the Harmons, Ben and Vivien, and their teenage daughter, Violet, have just arrived for a “new start.” They move into a classic old house with death in its history and a dark, maze-like basement. This, however, does not seem to deter them from the great deal they are getting on the house so they move right in!
Soon, uber-creepy neighbors who show up uninvited, freaky murals that are exposed behind torn wallpaper, and a psychotic teen patient of Ben’s let us in on some of the darker secrets of the house and its hold over the new inhabitants. Perhaps, dear friends, that great investment wasn’t such a smart move after all? Now the question is: will they figure that out before it’s too late?
- Heartbeats: 3 1/2 out of 5
- Gore factor: 3 1/2 out of 5
- Suspense factor: 4 out of 5
- Recommended for: 18 and up