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American Horror Story

"American Horror Story" review by Suzanne
Premieres October 5th at 10 pm/et on FX

This is a really weird show. I thought Wilfred was odd, but it is normal compared to this show. It is like "The Shining" as a TV show, but there are also elements of "Poltergeist", "Rosemary's Baby", and other old horror movies. I really can't decide still, even after watching it, whether it's very derivative or an homage to those movies. There is a very thin line between copying source material and being inspired by it. However, it is definitely very creepy and scary. You don't want to watch this before going to bed. It's a good Halloween show, but I don't know if it's something audiences will want to watch every week, even past Halloween. My brain shudders to think what their Christmas episode will be like!

The show is about a family of three that moves from the east coast to L.A. They move into an old haunted house. Of course, they don't know it's haunted. It's been cleaned up and remodeled. Many people have died in it. Not only are there ghosts, but there are creepy and menacing neighbors, a maid, and other visitors. Making things worse, the husband and wife are dealing with their own personal problems. She miscarried, and he cheated on her. They have a teenage girl who likes to cut herself. Also, he is a psychiatrist that works out of his home, bringing in more creepy people to the house. The family also has a little dog, so I hope they avoid that horror movie clich and don't kill off the poor little puppy!

Although there are creepy people on the show, the main family is fairly realistic. They are very relatable. It is a compelling show if you like horror movies. It's hard to look away, but some parts are really hard to watch. There is a lot of sex, and swearing, and some blood. If you are squeamish about such things, this is not the show for you.

Ryan Murphy, who did Nip/Tuck and Glee, came up with this show. There was a lot of sex and swearing in Nip/Tuck, so that same tone exists in this show. I wouldn't expect anyone to break out in song and dance, however. They do play a very funny song near the beginning of the show, though, that sort of lets you know that some of the show is whimsical. It's not a black comedy, though, like those other two shows.

I love Dylan McDermott, who plays the husband, and he is the main reason to watch the show. He is very good in such a complicated role. Connie Britton, from Friday Night Lights, plays his wife. It will be interesting to see what happens as the show goes on. If it were a movie, someone would die and things would escalate until they either conquer the evil thing, or flee from it, or they die. This is a TV series, so it may not end for a long time. I wonder how they will sustain it. They cram a LOT of story and action into the first episode. There are many shocking things that happen from beginning to end.

Check it out and decide for yourself!

Update: I watched the second episode, and it is very good. It still keeps me watching, hanging on every frame. It is very shocking all the way through. It is much less derivative in the second episode, nothing like the first in that respect. I am not reminded of other movies or TV shows at all. It is very exciting and unusual.

I'm really hooked on the show now...don't forget to watch this week's episode 11/23 because it is a DOOZY! We learn a lot about the ghosts' motivations and see some familiar faces from Halloween, and it has a shocking ending!!

More Info:

  • American Horror Story, FX's newest original drama series, premieres Wednesday, October 5 at 10:00 PM E/T. Co-created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk Glee co-creators/executive producers and Nip/Tuck producers, "American Horror Story delves into the nature of fear and the way we react to it," says Stephanie Gibbons, EVP of Marketing & Promotion for FX.
    Anticipating the psycho-sexual thriller's premiere, FX invites fans to "let them in." Literally. Fans register on the American Horror Story website to get a truly terrifying House Call. American Horror Story House Calls will pick a few entrants for a scary encounter without prior warning. A friend or family member will assist with the scare to make the House Call possible.
    American Horror Story House Calls will be recorded with hidden cameras and posted to LINK  . "The House Calls are meant to be a fun way to engage the audience, but they're also intended to make us think about what scares us and contemplate our basic reaction to fear," says Stephanie Gibbons.
    American Horror Story promises to burrow into new territory never before explored on TV. It is most certainly not for the faint of heart. To get a glimpse of the videos that will be captured of chosen entrants, visit our website
    Could you imagine if this was you? This is the first taste of the American Horror Story House Call. We will be sending you even more in the weeks to come! VIDEO  Follow the FX American Horror Story
    We are excited to share with you the very first look at the key art for FXs newest original series, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, which comes from the creator of Glee and Nip/Tuck and premieres Wednesday, October 5th at 10:00 PM ET/PT only on FX.
    Follow the American Horror Story conversation on Twitter at #ahsfx Facebook  Tons more videos on our Primetime Forum!

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