Favorite

'American Horror' story the most WTF-inducing show on TV 

tv1-1.jpg

AMERICAN HORROR STORY

9 p.m. Wednesdays

FX

With shows like "Sons of Anarchy" and "Rescue Me," FX has proven itself to be one of the groundbreaking networks when it comes to pushing the dramatic envelope. Now comes what might be their most edgy and WTF-inducing project to date, the sexy, spooky and sinister "American Horror Story." I've caught a few episodes now, and I'm thoroughly hooked on the show's weird blend of "Addams Family" meets "True Blood." In the show, Ben and Vivien Harmon (Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton) are a 40-something couple weathering the storm of the Ben's infidelity after Vivien suffers a horrific miscarriage. Seeking a fresh start, they move their teen-age daughter to L.A., where they get a sweet deal on a massive turn-of-the-19th century Victorian house. Why such a cool house was so cheap soon reveals itself: the place is somehow cursed, with monsters and baby heads in glass jars in the basement, a history full of tenants killing themselves in horrific ways, a creepy neighbor (played with absolute glee by Jessica Lange) who appears in the house at will, a monstrously-scarred former resident who killed his whole family while living there, a suicidal Kurt Cobain look-alike who soon strikes up a romance with the Harmon's daughter, and a full-body latex gimp suit in the attic (which apparently came to life in a recent episode and got its groove on with one of the homeowners). Just to let you know how strange and awesome this show is: the Harmons hired a housekeeper named Moira in the first episode, a woman who had worked for the former owners (who, predictably, offed themselves in the basement). While the wife sees Moira as a matronly, 60-something woman with a glass eye, the husband literally sees her as a smoking-hot 20-something redhead who wears thigh-high stockings and a super-short maid's outfit that shows off her tuchus any time she bends over to dust. Yeah, it's that kind of show. Though Dylan McDermott seems to have one speed (He. Is. Very. Concerned.) and Jessica Lange is pretty much playing herself (though, I might add, her character fits here), the rest of the cast is fairly stellar. Definitely one to watch. If it can draw enough of an audience and get folks to suspend their disbelief over "Why don't they just move the f*** out?" it might wind up being a winner.

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by David Koon

Most Shared

  • So much for a school settlement in Pulaski County

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Cynthia Howell got the scoop on what appears to be coming upheaval in the Pulaski County School District along with the likely end of any chance of a speedy resolution of school desegregation issues in Pulaski County.
  • Riverfest calls it quits

    The board of directors of Riverfest, Arkansas's largest and longest running music festival, announced today that the festival will no longer be held. Riverfest celebrated itsĀ 40th anniversary in June. A press release blamed competition from other festivals and the rising cost of performers fees for the decision.
  • Football for UA Little Rock

    Andrew Rogerson, the new chancellor at UA Little Rock, has decided to study the cost of starting a major college football team on campus (plus a marching band). Technically, it would be a revival of football, dropped more than 60 years ago when the school was a junior college.
  • Turn to baseball

    When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself.

Latest in The Televisionist

  • Netflix pix: revenge!

    Is there anything more satisfying than watching a character take a just and righteous revenge on someone who has smugly screwed them over at some time in the past? Not in this writer's book. I love the cinema of revenge, and Netflix Instant happens to have a crop of Revengers that includes some of the best ever made.
    • May 30, 2013
  • Netflix pix: 'Kumare'

    With Easter just passed, I've been thinking a lot about faith — why we need it, what purpose it serves, and just how devout many of the people who claim to be religious really are. It's a question for the ages, and will probably be debated until the sun goes supernova or language finally devolves into a series of squeaks and grunts, whichever comes first.
    • Mar 28, 2013
  • Netflix Pix

    Hidden gems from Netflix Instant.
    • Dec 19, 2012
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »

July

S M T W T F S
  1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31  

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Spero heads up songwriting camp

    • A good step in the right direction! Another step would be to unite the women…

    • on July 17, 2017
  • Re: Walter was the worst

    • What a lame review. Walter Becker was never Steely Dan's guitar star...they left that to…

    • on July 17, 2017
 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation