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Do all houses have secrets?
American Horror Story - Season 1
Member Name: linzeelou
American Horror Story - Season 1
Advantages: Cast, characters, plot
Disadvantages: Disturbing and not for everyone
Dylan McDermott as Dr. Benjamin "Ben" Harmon
Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon
Evan Peters as Tate Langdon
Taissa Farmiga as Violet Harmon
Denis O'Hare as Larry Harvey
Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon
Frances Conroy as Moira O'Hara
Alexandra Breckenridge as Young Moira O'Hara
Kate Mara as Hayden McClaine
American Horror Story revolves around the Harmon family who have just moved into a wonderful new house in Los Angeles. The family have been having troubles back in Boston and they all think a new start will be good for them. Ben and Vivien, along with daughter Violet hope that Los Angeles will cure the family of the bad patch they've gone through after Vivien's still birth and Ben's affair with a younger student. However, it doesn't take long for strange things to happen in their new house and for their neighbour, Constance to stick her nose in. While the Harmon family thought this house would be the best thing for them, they couldn't have been more wrong!
What I thought
As I didn't know much about this series, I didn't know that it was created by Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy who are best known as the creators of Glee and Nip/ Tuck. American Horror Story is the furthest thing away from Glee that you could possibly get but that is definitely not a bad thing. From the very beginning of the first episode, I knew that this was going to be a series that I would absolutely love. The opening credits alone are enough to creep anyone out. I began to watch this series in the dark but after only about 10 minutes, I thought that it might be a good idea to put the lights back on.
The main characters of this series are played by actors who I hadn't heard of before. Dylan McDermott plays dad Ben, Connie Britton plays mum Vivien and Taissa Farmiga plays daughter Violet. The reasons for the family moving to LA were very interesting and throughout the series, these reasons are expanded on more and more. The family were quite likeable although after knowing what Ben had done, I didn't like him quite so much anymore. The house the family move into is beautiful and has been restored, however, they don't know that the people that have lived there in the past are still hanging around.
The premise of this show was fantastic. American Horror Story stands out extremely well in comparison to other TV shows around at the minute if you can even really compare something like this. The way in which the old residents of the house are introduced into the story is really inventive and it was clear how much thought had gone into each extra character. Speaking of the rest of the cast, they are just as good, if not better than the main cast. I won't say who the extra characters are so it doesn't give too much away about the plot. Yes, I am a bit biased about Zachary Quinto but he was one of the best throughout the whole series. Other actors include Jessica Lange who plays neighbour Constance. She must have been insanely impressed with the script and the idea of the show as this is her first ever regular role in a TV series. Each of the extra characters are so different from the next and that was one of the things that made this show so interesting for me.
So, American Horror Story... you would expect it to be scary, yes? Well you would be 100% correct in thinking this. Not only are there ghosts and hauntings but there are some amazingly freaky things going on in the house and around the family. Every single episode of this show either scared me or freaked me the hell out which is not an easy thing to achieve. Some of the ways in which Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy introduce the scary aspects are never expected and there are plenty of twists in each episode to keep you guessing. I am normally really good at guessing twists etc. but not with this show.
The DVD of American Horror Story is rated 18 due to the horror nature of the show but also because of the amount of violence, gore and disturbing scenes which are involved in each and every episode. What I really love about this show is that it has everything you could need to keep you hooked to a show while being a short horror film at the same time.
Halloween Part 1
Halloween Part 2
Spooky Little Girl
* Behind the Fright: The Making of American Horror Story
* The Murder House presented by Eternal Darkness Tours of Hollywood
* On the Set
* Overture to Horror: Creating the Title Sequence
* Out of the Shadows: Meet the House Ghosts
Normally I am not one for watching the extras on DVDs of TV shows. However, because I loved this one so much and thought it was so interesting, this was the first thing I did when watching the DVD for the first time. Some of the extras were not so good, such as the On The Set feature but others were fantastic. One of the most interesting for me was Out of the Shadows: Meet the House Ghosts because the characters were just so fascinating and had led some weird and interesting lives before they died. Overall, the extras really help to build the world of American Horror Story and let the audience into little secrets about the show in general. If you are only watching for the first time though, I would advise you to wait to watch the extras until after the whole series has finished, otherwise you may end up watching some spoilers.
Overall, American Horror Story is my favourite TV show from last year. The second series is now airing although it is completely different, and set in a different location and time to the first series. I highly recommend this series but only if you can deal with the horror and violence aspects of it.
Summary: One of my favourites