- It has a great cast: TV vets Dylan McDermott (The Practice) and Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) star as estranged husband and wife Ben and Vivien Harmon, who bring inner demons of their own into the house. She had a miscarriage, he had an affair. Their supporting cast is eerily great as well. Taissa Farmiga as Violet, the Harmon’s’ sullen teen daughter, Evan Peters as Tate, a troubled teen with violent tendencies; and Oscar winner Jessica Lange as noisy neighbor Constance, who coats her insults in sugary-sweet Southern charm. You won’t want to miss it.
- It’s Scary: The thought of actually living in a haunted house gives me the creeps, but they keep having stuff happen to them that would make anyone run for the hills. From the chilling flashback prologue, to the countless jumps and frights throughout, the pilot expertly builds a sense of almost-unbearable tension that doesn’t let up for the entire hour.
- Has a great feel to it: Creators Murphey and Falchuk have said they were consciously trying to evoke classic ‘70s horror films like “The Shinning” with the look of ‘AHS’ and they succeeded. It has a rich and textured vintage feel to it that helps ground the show’s more off-the-wall plot developments in reality—and makes overly-glossy network dramas look phony by comparison.
- It’s not for everyone: This may be a weird reason to like a show, but it is because it is different than any other show out there right now. They are not trying to please everyone, so they do what they want and that’s what makes it so entertaining to watch.
Posted on October 26, 2011
Continuing with the Halloween inspired programming, Wednesday night is full of chills and thrills. ‘American Horror Story’ is sure to not disappoint. While this hit show is already very creepy, the producers are giving it an extra touch for Halloween. Part 1 is a Halloween-set arc that has the Harmon’s doing their best to make their on-the-market home look festive and inviting... and not quite so Murder House-y. This has been a task for them, since in only the second episode they have had a very traumatic break-in. Here are a few reasons why you should tune into ‘American Horror Story’ if you haven’t already.