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American Horror Story

  1. Oct 6, 2011 #1

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    Who watched it last night??

    In was so creepy. Usually horror shows will have one normal person, this one doesn't. The wife is neurotic, the husband is possesed, the daughter is mentally unstable, the teenage boy is a psychopath, the next door neighbor (mother) seems to be behind all of the sinister activities, her downs syndrome daughter seems psychically attuned to the house, or may have a more sinister role, the house keeper is dead (killed by the neighbor)and appears old to the mother and daughter but young to the sex obsessed dad.

    I can't wait until next week's episode.

    http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/ahs/

    Too much sex and semi-nudity for me, but I've been waiting for an eerie horror show that wasn't the typical slasher film.

    Confusing and creepy since no one knows what is going on, as someone said, a scary Twin Peaks.
     
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    They played the pilot twice in a row and I watched it both times. Great characters.

    It really draws from all the modern greats. There are elements of David Lynch, yes, but also M. Night Shyamalan, Quentin Tarantino, David Shore, and, most noticably, Stephen King. I feel most like saying it's Stephen King, but with class.

    The horror emerges from all the messed up psychological backdrop of the characters: you feel like you're watching the collective nightmare of a town full of vicious, unpleasant people. Even the girl with Down's is a palpably malevolent presence. Jessica Lange is great as the manipulative, evil neighbor, and I loved the device of the maid who looks like one thing to the wife, but quite another to the husband.

    I was really surprised by the language: they're getting bolder and bolder on the main channels, especially when you consider it was mostly kids slinging the S word around. Fully justified, IMO, in so far as it contributed to the very disturbing atmosphere.
     
  4. Oct 6, 2011 #3

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    Excellent review! You should be a critic.

    It is very disturbing, but done so well. You just feel how wrong everything is.
     
  5. Oct 6, 2011 #4
    I could only watch first 2 minutes then I started thinking that I am all alone in the room and might need to go pee at midnight :shy: I wasn't scared in those first 2 minutes but thought it might be a good idea not to go further :rofl:

    I stay away from horror :approve:
     
  6. Oct 6, 2011 #5

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    Oh no, this is definitely too extreme for you. It made me uncomfortable, but then I am an old prude. :redface:
     
  7. Oct 7, 2011 #6

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    I hope the obligatory gay in the show will be a real creep as well.
    Or, is that too much to ask from PC Hollywood??

    I hope this show will air in Norway.
     
  8. Oct 7, 2011 #7

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    Maybe they didn't expect any normal person to watch this and notices that...:biggrin:
     
  9. Oct 7, 2011 #8
    Interesting you mention it: the obligatory gay(s) feature prominently as topics of conversation, but do not, themselves, appear. The mother, father, and daughter have just moved into a house whose previous owners were a gay couple who died by murder/suicide. The family discovers some kind of sex fetish costume (I couldn't make out what it was supposed to be in the dim lighting - something like a medieval suit of armor) that they ascribe to the gay couple.

    The show is very un-PC across the board. The evil neighbor woman, who is the mother of the girl with Down's, makes an offhand reference to her daughter as "the mongoloid" at one point. This needling of the audience's PC sensibilities is the aspect I found Tarantino-like.
     
  10. Oct 7, 2011 #9

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    That S&M dungeon angle seems creepy enough! :approve:
     
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  12. Oct 7, 2011 #11

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    You can watch it from the show's link in my first post, so you don't have to go to Facebook, I know a lot of people prefer not to.
     
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    Oh, I didn't realize your link had a link to it online.
     
  14. Oct 7, 2011 #13

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    Yeah, I might watch it again tonight.
     
  15. Oct 7, 2011 #14
    I did record it, but have yet to watch it. I've liked what I've read here, should be good. Going to be running a horror mystery RPG soon, thought it be good research.
     
  16. Oct 9, 2011 #15
    Looked like it had potential. Sort of crowded though, no chance for the characters to breathe. Also, kind of tough with nobody really to route for. The daughter I guess? I find the father character extremely unlikeable.

    Really liked the basement scene with the kid in the chair and the flickering lights.
     
  17. Oct 9, 2011 #16
    We would like to know where on this planet you are that you are "Looking" for horror! lol :cry:
     
  18. Oct 9, 2011 #17

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    I don't find the daughter likeable, she has some serious problems. I don't find anyone likeable, that's kind of the draw to me, they're all nuts. The father is is possessed by another entity, so he's really creepy. The dog is going to be killed. He's the only likeable character. :cry:

    This is supernatural horror, not real.
     
  19. Oct 12, 2011 #18
    All new episode tonight at 10pm only on FX.
     
  20. Oct 12, 2011 #19

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    LOL!! I know, I've been thinking about it all day.
     
  21. Oct 13, 2011 #20
    Well, I have to say I was disappointed in episode 2. It was merely more of the same. All the impact of episode 1 had to do with the introduction of the weird people and situations. Episode 2 failed to carry an equal mass of new strangeness. It just developed slightly, all the stuff that was in episode 1. Now, it's true that a band of weirdos came into the house and tried to kill them, and that should constitute a major plot development, but, under the circumstances, we were already expecting something of that sort. They failed to surprise us with something we weren't expecting.
     
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