American Horror Story (2011-): Season 1-4
Title:: American Horror Story
Genre: Drama | Fantasy| Horror |
Runtime: ca 60 min/ Episode
Creator: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuck
Starring: Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson
An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, and the apocalypse.
ONE ODD BUT PERFECT SERIES
While the movie world is busy making remakes and reboots and all sorts of original stories, the TV world has the majority of ideas about creating anthologies or spin-off series. The first season, called American Horror Story: Murder House, follows the Harmon – Ben, Vivien and their daughter Violet – who moves from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien had a miscarriage and Ben had a deal. They move into a restored mansion, unaware that it is haunted.
What’s positive about this series is that it has consistently strong female actors who bring out the best in character. In the first season Murder House we have Jessica Lange, Francis Conroy and Connie Britton. Then there are, of course, Zachary Quinto, Kate Mara, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe as recurring characters. The focus will drop gradually this season. What a pity it had the potential to go far but the main story makes the first season is not the strongest. It immediately begins, after half the season, to step in the same place and it will be a slow process before moving on.
The second season, called the American Horror Story: Asylum, detached from the first, takes place in 1964 and follows patients, doctors and nuns in a mental hospital.
This is my personal favorite right now. It feels in many ways more well-produced and has more interesting characters. The biggest focus is on Lana Winter (Sarah Paulson), where she is playing a journalist who wants to find out the truth about the mental hospital. Because of Sister Jude Martin (Jessica Lange) she gets written. Here is the more development of the characters, which is estimated. Still, the women are controlling and are well enough to keep interest in the whole season. Recurring actors from the first season include Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe and a newcomer James Cromwell who plays the sadistic Dr. Arthur Arden.
The third season, called “American Horror Story: Coven”, is about a group of witches in New Orleans. Most of the season is being played today. Here we meet a couple of witches, so through all the time there are only female roles in this season, which is fun when many series prefer men. Evan Peters, from the first two seasons, is a zombie this season. There are many comic elements and they combine horror, drama and ironic comedy in a nice way. Two really good additions in this season are Angela Bassett who plays Marie Laveau (based on a real person) and Kathy Bates as Delphine LaLaurie, (also real person). These two makes strong performances and have been raising this season strongly. Then we’ll see Denis O’Hare like Spalding and the new Emma Roberts as Madison Montogomery. Francis Conroy is also returning, of course.
The fourth season, called the “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, revolves around a freak show and what members can imagine to make the movement continue to exist. The season takes place in 1952 in Jupiter, Florida.
After two episodes, starting on the 8th of October, it is now ten days since the premiere. We have a strong man Dell (Michael Chiklis), Siamese sisters Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson), Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange), Bearded Lady Ethel Darling (Kathy Bates), Three-Brother Desiree Dupree (Angela Bassett), “Lobsterboy” Jimmy Darling (Evan Peters), Gloria Mott (Francis Conroy) and the favorite Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch) – which is a fun choice when he is happy and friendly compared to his character and soon Wes Bently gets into play (Episode 3)
This season feels promising and what’s really cool with this season is that many actors are regular performers like Jyoti Amge, Food Fraser, Rose Siggins and Erika Ervin.
What the sixth season is about remains to be seen, but Mr. Murphy will surely be on something, and Sarah Paulsson returns to the series.