Why you need to watch American Horror Story

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It’s got a nifty premise, and it’s so scary it’s made people lose their shit – American Horror Story needs to be on your watch list.

One of America’s most enigmatic and truly terrifying shows will come screaming back onto our televisions next month. Though this TV diamond has been lost in between the roaring fanfare of shows such as Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Dexter, there’s still enough time to catch up on the first two seasons if you haven’t had the chance to already. But if you need convincing, let me explain why you need to watch American Horror Story.

1. The show acts as an “anthology”…

So in other words, each season is completely different from its predecessor. Not in a ‘the characters have evolved’ kinda way, but actually due to the fact that every series has new characters and a new story. 2011’s edition saw us within the fictional murder mystery house in California, while 2012’s incarnation forced us into the dank Briarcliff Mental Institution in 1964. It’s a brilliant idea that is sure to keep the show fresh and compelling for years to come.

2. …and therefore the same cast play very different characters each time

The only thing that does stay the same each go around are a number of the starring and recurring cast members. Evan Peters, Zachary Quinto, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson and of course the incredible Jessica Lange (among others) are all stars from both previous seasons, with all except Quinto confirmed to return for the third. Adorning the role of very different characters each time, it’s so much fun to see the actors you love go from homicidal maniacs, to the indecently imprisoned or the creepy neighbour, to the debauched asylum matriarch.

3. It proves the show’s creator Ryan Murphy isn’t a one-trick pony

Whodathunk that the same person at the helm of Glee could also do something so horrific and messed up? Murphy has proved himself to be a creative chameleon, who can deliver on the sinister and bloody, as well as the annoyingly cheerful, in big ways. In addition to his use of recurring elements and cast members, Murphy is also leaning towards the direction of television auteur. And as an extreme non-Glee fan, that’s something I never thought I’d say.

4. Season three’s additions have everyone losing their shit

The forthcoming run for the series has seen expectations rise to incredible heights. Murphy and co. have bagged themselves two equally charismatic actors to lead the new series, in the form of Kathy Bates (Misery) and Angela Bassett (Malcolm X, Notorious). Titled American Horror Story: Coven, the series will move to New Orleans, at Miss Robichaux Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies. In other words, a house for witches. Delphine, Marie and Fiona (Bates, Bassett and Lange respectively) act as masters of the dark arts forced to band together after a series of brutal attacks on their kind. Set in the present day, with flashbacks to the 1800s, this series will also star Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), Emma Roberts (Scream 4) and Patty LuPone (30 Rock), as well as Alexandra Breckenridge, Frances Conroy and Denis O’Hare as recurring stars.

5. It’s genuinely scary

Which is probably the most important, as it is titled American Horror Story. If you don’t find it heavily unnerving at the very least, there’s something wrong with you. As the days of who can be the most gory or ‘torture porn-y’ reign supreme, it’s nice to see that American Horror Story doesn’t fully rely on either. Yeah, you may see the occasional gross-out moment or exorcism, but it never leaves you rolling your eyes or feeling too disgusted. The series is eerie and unnerving, yet still doesn’t take itself too seriously.

So there you have it. In between a stellar cast, shapeshifting plots and intricately woven timelines, there’s gotta be something in you that makes you wanna watch American Horror Story. Unless, you know…you’re completely and utterly afraid to?


Featured image: FX

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