American Horror Story: Season 1
When I heard a horror show was being made by the producers of Glee (Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk), it's safe to say I was curious. Needless-to-say, however, I am an absolute wimp when it comes to anything horror, often making me a laughing stock to my friends. However, I decided to give it a go (with cushion in arms in case of emergencies) and I was absolutely blown away. Not only is this one of the most clever, innovative stories I have ever experienced but it has also inspired me to try more media in the horror genre. Well done American Horror Story!
Anyway, the first series focuses on the life of a troubled family, recovering from a cheating husband and the birth of a stillborn child – the Harmons (Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, and Taissa Farmiga, who plays their teen daughter, struggling with self harm) and their experiences after moving into huge traditional house. However, their fresh start soon turns sour after some very strange occurrences and a rather creepy neighbour (portrayed wonderfully by Jessica Lange, who has quickly become one of my favourite actresses to date!).
Addressing some very controversial issues, this show is definitely not for the faint hearted. With gore, sex and violence being some of the minor elements the show is distressing from start to finish. Contrary to most shows or movies in the horror genre this show is really unpredictable, and is scary from start to finish, often causing you to jump or shudder without any of the typical 'cues' found in the genre. Even the title sequence sends shivers down my spine!
Considering Glee is renowned for its air of feel-good and happiness, it's difficult to believe this show came from the same people, and is equally as popular in modern culture.
I don't want to delve too far into the plot as I'd rather you gave it a go yourself – it will be sure to keep you on your toes from the get go. And maybe awake at night. Give it a try, but I wouldn't recommend it to your grandmother.
Keep an eye out for my Season 2 review, which I will write in a few weeks after I've finished watching the series. Safe to say it's a little more terrifying than the first series – they definitely know what they're doing!