American Horror Story is a horror television series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck and broadcast on the cable channel FX in the United States.
I remember getting instantly hooked by the very first episode back in 2011. I’ve always like horror in books and movies, but I had never seen it in the form of a tv series, and that spiked my curiosity, but since I was used to the genre, I thought I couldn’t get that spooked. Boy, was I wrong. I made the mistake of starting the first episode one summer night when I was alone in my room plunged in the dark. I’m not usually easily creeped out but I can promise you I was that night, so much that I stopped watching in the middle of the episode and could only bring myself to finish it once the sun was shining the next day. That was the beginning of my love story with the show.
Since then, I have religiously watched every season as it was broadcasted. Let’s be honest though, I haven’t loved all of them like I loved the first one, Murder House. What’s particular in American Horror Story, other than the genre, is the fact that each season can be seen as a stand-alone miniseries, with completely different plots, settings and characters (although the cast stays approximately the same throughout). It can be a blessing, always bringing a fresh storyline and new characters on the table, but it can also be a curse: if the plot isn’t interesting, then the whole season is just… meh.
That’s actually what happened to me. I loved season 1 (Murder House). Season 2 (Asylum) brought in a different story, but the spookiness that I absolutely loved in the first season was still there. Then came season 3, Coven, with its witches and magical and powerful characters. Although that season wasn’t as creepy, being an absolute fan of magic and witchcraft, I found the plot really interesting. That said, the horror label was coming off a little bit. Season 4, Freak Show, furthered my feeling of watching something else entirely, and I was completely lost by season 5, Hotel. Although Lady Gaga gave an outstanding performance in that one, I thought that was the only good thing about the whole show, and I was extremely disappointed. I had to push myself to watch the whole thing. Needless to say, it took me a while to finally start season 6, Roanoke. But I knew at the end of the first episode that AHS was back in my heart.
The season starts with Shelby and Matt, a couple, and Matt’s sister Lee, who appear in a documentary called “My Roanoke Nightmare” recounting the horrible and supernatural events that occurred in the house they had just moved into. Turns out the house was built on the land where the famous Roanoke Colony had moved to after their mysterious disappearance. What’s interesting this season is that “tv show within a tv show” concept. Throughout the 10 episodes, we follow the main characters AND the actors that play them in the documentary, as they go back to the haunted house, through a series of fixed cameras or body-cams. It’s creepy as it should be (although perhaps a little gore) and the cast is simply amazing!
All in all, Roanoke is one of the best seasons of American Horror Story, if not THE best, and it has definitely revived my love for the show. Next season will revolve around the 2016 US Election and I truly have high hopes for it. I hope it won’t let me down!
Have you watched American Horror Story? What’s your favorite season?