“American Horror Story” is all kinds of creepy
Published: Friday, October 7, 2011
Updated: Friday, October 7, 2011 02:10
Last Wednesday night was the premier of FX's new show, "American Horror Story", a thriller about a wealthy family who leaves Boston after an affair and a miscarriage to start a new life in an old, haunted house in Los Angeles.
After catching her husband in the act with another woman, Vivian Harmon's, (Connie Britton) marriage is about to fall apart. Her husband, Ben Harmon played by Dylan McDermott, is a successful psychiatrist who battles with hallucinations. To save their marriage and start new, the couple decide to move across country to a mansion they are able to buy for half the price of the other homes in the neighborhood. Little do they know that the house has many secrets and is haunted by the evil spirits of the past owners.
The couple's daughter, Violet Harmon played by Taissa Farmiga, is a lonely rebel who can't seem to fit in at her new school and attracts the likes of her father's troubled teenage patient, Tate, played by Evan Peters. Tate, who has homicidal thoughts about the people he likes, convinces Violet to invite over and frighten her mean classmate. The two of them scare Leah (Shelby Young) almost to death. It is during this scene that Violet sees distorted faces and evil spirits in her basement.
A young neighbor named Adelaid (Katelyn Reed) randomly appears in their home to tell Vivian that she is going to die inside the house. Uncomfortable music, which suddenly stops and a creepy feeling that something or someone is always watching the family resonates throughout every scene.
The new help around the house is an old woman named Moira played by Frances Conroy, who's worked at the house for years seeing different owners come and all pass. When Ben looks at her he sees a young, attractive woman ready to seduce him. His hallucinations bring him to perform an improper sexual act on himself and he tries to rid his lust for the maid by having sex with his wife.
The show opens up with twin boys breaking in to destroy the abandoned house right after the strange neighbor, Adelaid tells them they are going to regret going inside. The young girl seems to have a sixth sense of the danger that lurks in the old mansion.
A few scenes later we learn that Vivian had a miscarriage a few months before leaving Boston and Ben had an affair with another woman. The neighbors know there is something creepy about the house and even after finding out that the previous owners died, Vivian and Ben proceed with the purchase and move in to start their new lives.
Every scene is bazaar. Nothing really makes any sense. I had to turn my head during certain scenes that give you the feeling that something is about to happen that I couldn't even finish watching it. Though, I must say, I will tune in again for next week's episode. I want to make sense of what will happen next, but I won't be surprised if there's just more confusion to come.