Saturday, February 16, 2013

Fearful February: American Horror Story

Thanks to Netflix, I have discovered 'American Horror Story' and have become an 'American Horror Story' addict. I'll admit it! At first, I was opposed to watching the show, but not I don't even know why I was opposed to it. Maybe I thought it'd be like the usual horror movies of today, which aren't, in my opinion, as frightening as older ones. Too much gore, too little of psychological horror. I'm a psychological horror junkie! Nothing is scarier or as attention grabbing as that sort of horror!

The opening credits scare the hell out of me, much like the opening credits of 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' frighten me, and I'm in my twenties. Unfinished, dark basements in older homes are so scary! I grew up in a house that had one of those and I always felt like something was lurking in the shadows down there, which is why the basement in season one of American Horror Story scares me so badly. Of course, deformed monsters weren't lurking around in our basement, unless you consider mice deformed monsters... The opening credits were created by the same guy who made the opening credits to Se7en (1995). The theme song is awesome and it was created by sound designer Cesar Davila-Irizarry and Charlie Clouser from Nine Inch Nails, who actually collaborated on Se7en's theme song. All around genius choices for ensuring great opening credits!

The horror stories about the house and the characters are something else. They remind me a bit of 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' mixed with pieces of various horror movies, such as Rosemary's Baby (1968) and It (1990). There's even some hitchcockian homage in the show, which is always appreciated. I was impressed by all of the actors in the show. I already knew how talented Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy and Denis O'Hare were before I started watching, but it was great to see that they weren't the only ones giving damn good performances.

I've just started watching 'American Horror Story: Asylum' this past week. I'm addicted to this season as well and I don't think the show lost any of its momentum, in fact, I think this season might be even better. I like that they switched from the stories of the Murder House to an insane, insane asylum. Definitely was a smart move to do this and keep a lot from the cast of season one. They'll also be keeping on some for season 3 and a couple from season 1 who didn't return for season two will be coming back! Frances Conroy is one of them! Taissa Farmiga is talented as well, but her character in season one bothered me with the overly sulky teenager bit, which isn't her fault. The character was a sulky teenager and, let's face it, overly sulky people are annoying, especially when they're hormonal teenagers.

I'm hoping that American Horror Story continues its excellency. I think it has the chance to stay along for a long time with its horror focus changing every season. There are plenty of opportunities for horror focuses besides haunted houses and insane asylums!


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