So FX premiered its AMERICAN HORROR STORY last night and I must say, I really liked it. Aside from a few "what the fuck?" moments, it had some awesome moments.
A family of 3 moves across the country to a haunted mansion-like house in Los Angeles. The house is haunted, go figure. I'm assuming the term AMERICAN HORROR STORY may have made you think about other things like: a Oprah Winfrey sex tape, Barack Obama re-election, or even another Tyler Perry movie involving Momma (or whatever the hell his movies are about) Nope. This was an all around horror/psychological/soft core porn edited show.
So my initial thought going into this show was, "How the hell are the creators of Glee, going to frighten me?" Sure, Brad Falchuk, and Ryan Murphy were the creators of the hit tv show Nip/Tuck, but still, could they be able to pull off a horror show. Watching AHS, reminded me a lot of other horror movies. The movie instantly has a feeling of the Shining, the Others, there was even a hint of "It" in there that's not even worth mentioning but I did anyway. The "It" scene was when the old lady and the mother were drinking tea at the table. I just keep thinking of that eerie scene in "It" where Bev goes back to her old house and the old lady invites her in blahh blah blah, you get it. The beginning of the show might confuse you, it still confuses me. The story started off too fast. I understand the husband got caught cheating and then the lady attacked him with the knife and the next thing you know they're driving to Los Angeles to a new home. It kind of felt like that whole scene where the guy was caught cheating was just a psychological problem with the lady and that the scene may have been an illusion or dream. I don't know.
What I liked:
What I liked about the show was the horror movie feeling it brought to the table. There were some instances where I actually was creeped out. The opening of the show really caught my attention. I love the creepy down syndrome girl (no down syndrome hate here) cause her 4-5 lines through out the movie made me laugh but also tweak. I don't know why, but it's the crazy mentally challenged little girls who also know their shit about haunted houses. Like she fore warned the ginger kids not to go in the haunted house but they did anyway! I liked psychological aspect of the show as well. I like how the husband sees the caretaker as an attractive young woman, but the wife sees her as old an unattractive. It kind of feeds off of what they both expect. The husbands been caught cheating before, so maybe it's what he wants to see. I don't know. I also liked the fucked up teenager kid who's like semi human and semi creature. He was the one who scared that girl in the basement with the lights all flickering. The half burnt face man was a fast runner. I have a feeling we're not done seeing him yet. He seems like one of those characters who will come back and try to help out the family. His character is pretty wicked and morbid as well. I'm still trying to get a feel for the house itself. It seems like we'll learn more about it in future episodes along with the daughter who really has no purpose thus far other than being a bitch, and cutting herself. She appears at the most random times.
What I didn't like:
There were quite a few "what the fuck" moments for sure. First off, why did we have to see a guy masturbate in his room. I don't object to the maid though haha. Also, who the fuck whacks it while standing in front of a window while the creepy burnt face man watches from the laundry area of the backyard? That scene just came out of no where. As mentioned before, the show kind of started off really fast. Like it went from haunted houses, to a lady catching her husband cheating, and then they're moving. I doubt it would have made sense to slow it down a bit because if he cheated, the only thing the show would do is show scenes of their lives while dealing with the incident and that would be boring. I probably wouldn't want to continue watching the show if that happened. I don't know how I feel about the man in the black leather suit either. I see the posters for the show and it shows the pregnant mom and the man in the black leather that may or may not be the husband. All I'm saying is that this show better not stretch out into the completely weird zone. Like I don't want it to go from horror to the show Lost. I love Lost, but this is horror, not science fiction.
This show has potential. We've seen some awesome things from the first episode and I'm sure that there's more to come. These Gleetard writers have surely surprised me with the pilot. When I talked about the influence of other past horror stories and then it hit me. The title of the show explains it all. As long as the show doesn't end with a giant spider, it'll be good.
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