Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life changing prison can really be.
Both physical and psychological horrors affect a decomposing family, workers and residents of an insane asylum, a coven of witches, a cast of circus freaks, the employees and guests at a struggling hotel, a family who moved into a mysterious farmhouse, and the members of a small suburb in Michigan in this haunting anthology series, focusing on the themes of infidelity, sanity, oppression, discrimination, addiction, and exploitation.
Ryan Murphy and Jessica Lange became so close friends during season 1 that Murphy has consulted with the actress when writing the other characters. For example, Lange wanted to play a big drunk scene and sing in season 2 (therefore Sister Jude does these things), she also wanted to play an elegant woman wearing Chanel in season 3 (therefore Fiona dressed impeccably). Lange herself is also a photographer, and she was particularly attracted to the circus world, especially during the 50s. Hence the character of Elsa Mars, owner of a freak show. See more »
Frances Conroy ("Old" Moira O'Hara) is right-eye dominant. Many times you can see that she, as Moira, is focusing on the object she's looking at using her "blind" right eye instead of her left eye. See more »
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These days when the genre of horror is brought up most people think of
the latest slasher bloodfest like "A Nightmare on Elm Street" or the
latest attempt at trying to scare us with some lame movie like "The
Ring". It might be a problem with the time constraints of a 90 minute
or 2 hour movie, it's hard to completely capture the audience and
slowly twist the perceptions.
Another thing forgotten in recent horror movies is the fact of NOT
explaining everything within 5 minutes of it happening, it's more
entertaining and spooky to speculate why someone sees something or what
actually happened in a particular scene. People forget that in some of
the best horror pictures like "Psycho" the real horror came from the
suspense and the wondering of what was going to happen and that the
violence was secondary.
The dialogue between characters is actually impressive especially in a
couple scenes that you will be able to easily pick out. Ryan Murphy and
Brad Falchuk who also created Nip/Tuck and Glee (odd combo) seem to be
able to excel in almost any genre and especially now in horror. It's
rare to writers like this who aren't afraid to jump around from genre
to genre fearlessly.
It's hard to describe many aspects of this show without giving away to
much so I must refrain from describing the plot as it appears so far.
The day after I viewed the pilot episode I was shocked to see all the
negative feelings towards the content of the show. So let's be VERY
clear this show is classified MA which stands for "Mature Audiences"
which should be taken the same as and "R" rating for films, so if you
don't want you or your kids to see it that's fine but don't get all
pissy about a show you decided to watch that was marketed as a
"psycho-sexual horror". Yes there is scenes of semi explicit sexual
acts and scenes of disturbing violence but it's a horror story so
images like that are to be expected.
It's refreshing to find a show that is different and does not follow
traditional formula's TV horror shows. I plan to watch every week and
enjoy the series fully, since it is honestly very rare to see a show do
better in it's genre then most recent films.
American Horror Story arrived a couple weeks ago on the great FX
network that also houses two of my favorite shows: "Sons of Anarchy"
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