Did anyone catch the new series “American Horror Story” on Tuesday night?
It’s the highly anticipated new show from the creators of “Nip/Tuck” and “Glee”. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.
I am a big fan of both of those series (Nip/Tuck is no longer in production) for I love the over the top approach to the subjects and the good old lets have some fun attitude, with a touch of social commentary that is relevant to today’s world.
“American Horror Story” does not disappoint, I loved it and am looking forward to seeing next weeks episode and the next and the next!!! (It has already been picked up for a second series following its success in the US.
The plot is a bit creaky but so what? It’s a genre piece and I am sure must be quite difficult to revitalise the old haunted house story.
A family of 3 move from Boston to LA to mend a few past problems. Mom, sadly, is recovering from a miscarriage and dad is in the bad books because he was caught sleeping with a student in his own house. Their troubled teen daughter takes on the angst of the parents and has to deal with a new school full of bullies and a weirdo boyfriend who also happens to be a patient of her father (he’s a therapist).
They move into a very spooky looking mansion that was a bargain at half the price of other real estate in the area, of course there is a reason for that – the last couple that lived in the house died in a double suicide/murder incident – oh and they were a gay couple who had restored the house from a decrepit state in the opening prologue scene. Add to the mix a housekeeper who is seen as an old bag to the wife but appears as a sexy maid in garters to the husband, and to add icing to the delicious cake bring on the kooky next door neighbour with the “mongoloid” doom-saying daughter (the character’s description not mine), she’s a former actress who didn’t make it because the moral code changed on her arrival from the south to Hollywood and she didn’t want to show her ‘green pastures’ to anyone, as she puts it. This role is played to the hilt by the divine Jessica Lange in her first foray into episodic TV, welcome Jessica you are a delight.
As for the rest of the cast Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) plays the wife and she is great fun to watch as she clearly seems to be enjoying playing the role. Dylan McDermott (The Practice) plays the hunky dad who is constantly walking around the house butt naked (I’m not complaining) and even has an intense masturbation scene that outdoes the one seen in the first episode of “The Slap” (another good series worth watching -in my own opinion).
Taissa Farmiga (the youngest sister of actress Vera Farmiga- a fave of mine) she plays the daughter and I am sure she will get a lot of attention with this role. Frances Conroy (6 Feet Under) is suitably odd as the elder incarnation of the maid. Oh and I forgot to mention the strange man in the rubber fetish suit and the great Denis O’Hare (who will ever forget his vampire king in True Blood?) as a former owner of the house who gives us some much needed plot exposition. There is a lot to take in, and it is fast and furious, creepy, camp and loads of fun. It also features a grand old opening title sequence that surely is a homage to the one used in “True Blood”.
Bring it on Ryan and Brad.
Check it out on Channel 11 – Tuesday nights at 9.30.