Thursday, December 15, 2011

American Horror Story

Because nothing says Christmas like a good horror show, I'm confessing my new addiction here. I have been watching American Horror Story since the pilot, and I am thoroughly hooked.

Here's why:

1. The writers. Always the most important part of any show. You can have great actors, but if the writing component isn't there, the series falls apart (alas, I'm talking to you, Pan Am. You SHOULD have been good, with Christina Ricci and 60's air stewardesses all, but - BOOORRRING!!!)

On AHS, the writers take chances. They keep the action and the characters growing, at a pace that make me wonder how long they can keep it up. The scary stuff keeps appearing, from Rubberman to the Infantata, to the past inhabitants of the creepy, gorgeous LA mansion.

2. The characters. Terrific actors are very important. Connie Britton's take on Vivien Harmon is my favorite of the bunch, although she has some stiff  competition with Tate , played by Evan Peters, and Taissa Farmiga as Violet, Vivien's daughter. In fact, Farmiga's depiction of a troubled, intelligent high school girl is one of the most amazing performances I've seen in a while.

3. The opening music. And sequence. Watch it and you just know that the show is going to be seriously creepy. Disturbingly so, in fact.

4. No holds barred. Those amazing writers happily take on gay relationships, the Black Dahlia, current anti-government sentiment, and even the current state of the housing market, and do so in a way that is completely fascinating. And creepy and disturbing.

5. Dylan McDermott's butt - Not a huge Dylan fan, but he is showing some serious acting chops here, plus he has no problem showing his butt off. A lot.

No, I'm not going to put up an image of that here. It's Fresh Pot of Tea, after all, not Large Bottle of Jack.

If you enjoy ghosts and horror fiction, then check the show out. Be prepared for adult content and some jolts to the system. (Did I mention creepy and disturbing?) But I haven't seen scary TV like this in a while.


Catherine Stine said...

I agree! We are hooked on this show too! I adore Jessica Lange-she's such a good actress. And I'm loving the Tate and Violet characters. I also get a kick out of the old maid (played by the actress who played Mom on 6 Fett Under). It's so funny when she shape-shifts into that nympho temptress.
The writing is intelligent and sardonic.

Cally Jackson said...

Not sure if we get this show in Australia but it sounds enthralling. Will definitely keep my eye out for it! :-)

Alison DeLuca said...

oh, it is amazing, Cally! Catherine, I can'r believe I forgot to mention jessica Lange. Her acting on the show is amazing: tender and evil and fragile, all at the same time. Incredible!

sanchez said...

I always tell my co-workers at DISH to watch this show! It is the best; I was hooked since the previews. I really am sad it's going to end soon. I thought I was the only missing last Wednesday's episode but I was able to sue DISH Online to quickly catch up. I can stream live TV and even DVR events to my PC, pretty nifty when you are always on-the-go. I can't believe the outcome of Vivien. Can you say Wow! I was blown away. I wonder what Ben will do.