Be our guest and watch all of your nightmares come true! American Horror Story (AHS; Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk, 2011) is one of the scariest TV shows currently airing. Recognized for its superb plot, writing, and acting, AHS has received nineteen awards and 67 nominations including Prime Time Emmy Awards and Golden Globes. Since its debut, it has received raved reviews from critics and audiences who have felt a sense of insanity from the show’s content of screams, sex and psychopaths. Currently in its third season AHS takes a life of its own with an emphasis on new characters and scenarios. The thread that connects each season is the miniseries’ common goal: to frighten.
Quite fittingly, AHS has been broadcasted on FX since its US debut in October 2011. A number of clever advertising campaigns were launched including a “House Call,” which gave the opportunity for a viewer to be chosen to meet a character face to face. These strategies are just one of the reasons viewers flock to their televisions every week! The milieu of actors who have graced the silver screen for this show including Jessica Lange, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy and Zachary Quinto, convincingly bring horror of the script to life – making it difficult to miss a week of this show!
Season one of AHS was set in a cursed house where the dead and the living resided in disturbed harmony. Despite the horror, refined photography skills captured the beautiful scenery, one of the highlights of this season. This was the ironic backdrop where the Harmon family moved into an old house with the hopes of repairing a broken marriage and a suicidal daughter. Unfortunately the house itself was grim. Sharing an abode with its deceased previous owners proved to be deadly.
The second season was set in a mental hospital from 1964, where patients faced torture, pain and prejudice. The abandoned building still held all of its past misery and the ghosts of this horrific institution. A special guest appearance from Maroon 5 vocalist Adam Levine was short lived, as he couldn’t even survive past the first episode. The rest of the season displayed the creepy stories of demon possessions, alien manipulation, and human injustice – a scary combination.
Presently, season three brings us back to enchanted places where witches try to escape the persecution of the witch-hunting era. Always bringing a polemic sphere from the past, this season involves voodoo, incest, and the brutality of slavery. Oscar winner Kathy Bates, and oscar nominated actresses Gabourey Sidibe and Angela Bassett, together play three amazing witches with special powers and a horrifying future! It’s impossible to miss one single episode, after all, we are all so eager to know who will take the coveted role of the Supreme – the most powerful of them all, currently being played by the producers’ muse Jessica Lange! Find out which witch will rise to the top!
Inspired by classic movies like Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and The Shining (1980), American Horror Story’s opening sequence developed by Prologue (also developed The Walking Dead and Se7en) has original music and pictures that explain its frightening purpose.
You may recognize the show’s creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck from Glee, but few people know that their desire to create American Horror Story came before that epic show. Ryan and Brad wanted free reigns for their petrifying creativity. Their purpose is to SCARE you with each episode of AHS – and they never let us down! Your Wednesday nights will never be more frightening.
Written By Clarissa Mesquita, from Paraíba, Brazil. This lovely lady is addicted to TV shows and movies, and enjoys fitness, fun and photography. She also loves pets and participates in an NGO to save homeless animals. Clarissa graduated with a degree in Social Communication from the Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil, and is amazed with her new yellow brick road!