The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story continues the series’ track record of being Ryan Murphy’s best show on television. Two years ago, The People v. O.J. Simpson was a surprise hit for a variety of reasons. It featured excellent actors in amazing roles and the season maintained its thrilling momentum, even while exploring the minute details of the Simpson case. The show was engaging and thoughtfully delivered throughout. My thesis at the time was that the show’s secret weapon was that it was based on a book by Jeffrey Toobin, and that’s what forced Murphy and company to keep the production on its tracks from start to finish. A common complaint about American Horror Story is that every season tends to go off the rails after a few episodes. Because American Crime Story has been based on thoroughly-researched texts about real-life events, there aren’t as many opportunities to embellish or stray into territory which might lose an audience.
Nick Banks, HNN’s resident AHS reviewer and commentator, had such a reaction to the pilot episode of Cult that he’s taking a breather under doctor’s orders. You can read the review that sent him over the edge by clicking this link. While he’s resting up, I’ve agreed to share my thoughts of Episodes Two and Three of the season.
I must admit that I’m having a similar reaction to American Horror Story: Cult. After watching the first three episodes, I am developing Ally Mayfair-Richards’ unusual phobia of holes… I find all of the plot holes in the script to be utterly terrifying! read more
Last season, after watching the last few episodes of American Horror Story: Roanoke, I vowed that I was done with the series after too many instances of incoherent story-telling, on-the-fly shifts in focus, and over-the-top performances. What could bring me back to this consistently infuriating mess?
More than anything, American Horror Story has always had problems with pacing and the aforementioned abrupt shifts in focus, narrative, and style. How could I even get through one episode after the terror-inducing choices made by Ryan Murphy last season? Well, I took some advice from fellow HNN staffer John Evans. He suggested that I took a segment-by-segment approach to this review (akin to ingesting Miralax in small gulps) so I could make it to the end of the episode and track my reactions. Here are the fruits of my labors, divided into small, bite-sized, stream-of-consciousness segments: read more
American Horror Story: Cult is right around the corner. As with every new season of the anthology series, fans are chomping at the bit to learn what kind of mysterious and unusual roles their favorite series-regulars will be taking on this time around. The production of this season has been much less secretive than during previous seasons, but we still have many more questions about the show and its cast than answers. Variety reports that Ryan Murphy shared a few key details a recent screening about some characters we will soon know all too well when the show begins to air on September 5th. Here’s what we learned about the following performers’ roles on Season 7: read more
Buckle up American Horror Story fans because the official trailer for season 7 just dropped and it presents what could be quite a fiery season. As creator Ryan Murphy has promised, this season will be tied into last year’s US presidential election. This first look begins on election night with Sarah Paulson’s character gasping in fear and Evan Peter’s character cheering wildly. This divide is an obvious nod to the disparity revealed from the US election last November.
With American Horror Story: Cult, Murphy has a real opportunity to provide a horror show with substance. Knowing that real life can be scarier than fiction, he looks to be intertwining political and social chaos into this season. In the trailer, we see Peter’s character utter the words, “If you get people scared enough they will set the world on fire.” Judging by this initial peak, fans can expect an intense and sinister social commentary. read more
According to Deadline, American Horror Story Executive Producer Alexis Martin Woodall recently revealed some information about the upcoming AHS: Cult at the summer TCA Press Tour.
Most notably, Woodall reiterated that the seventh season will not specifically be about the Trump administration. Woodall said that “When Ryan had to make the announcement originally that the season was going to deal with Trump. I think it’s more about what’s going on in our world around us.”
Woodall went on to say that “It’s not what you think it is — and I’m not trying to be cagey. It’s just with all good horror and suspense not knowing is going to be good for you” (and if anything can be said about connecting all of the American Horror Story seasons up to this point, “not knowing” certainly sums up the greatest commonality among all of the previous installments). read more
2017 has been an incredible year for female directors. Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman is the highest grossing domestic superhero movie of the year and one of the highest-reviewed superhero movies of all time. Sofia Coppola became the second woman ever to win “Best Director” at Cannes Film Festival for her work on The Beguiled. And Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit is already generating Oscar buzz. The unfortunate side of these recent achievements is that it didn’t happen much sooner; women have traditionally not been offered the same opportunities as men when it comes to directing major Hollywood projects. While the successes of Jenkins, Coopola and Bigelow are promising, it is clear that more needs to be done to provide equal opportunities for women in filmmaking. read more
Great news… everyone can finally stop referring to the next season of American Horror Story as “the election-themed season!” The official title for Season Seven was revealed late last night at an event for San Diego Comic Con. The season shall now be known as: American Horror Story: Cult.
Given showrunner Ryan Murphy’s extremely secretive nature surrounding the roll-out of last season, the fact that even just the title was announced at this point in time may be surprising to some fans. But the grand reveal didn’t stop there… FX has also dropped an official website with more content and clues about the upcoming season! read more
Evil clowns are certainly all the rage these days, and it looks like a recent entry into the pantheon will be making a mysterious return to American Horror Story according to creator Ryan Murphy.
Murphy took to Instagram today and posted the following image of AHS: Season Five’s Twisty the Clown with the message “He’s Baaaaaack”.
How Twisty fits into the new election story line in a different time period and setting remains to be seen, but the homage to classic EC Horror Comics is sure to get fans excited. read more
Fox’s Scream Queens will not experience the same miraculous renewal that The Exorcist received on Friday. Fox co-chairman and CEO Gary Newman confirmed the news this morning on a conference call, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Here’s what Newman had to say:
Scream Queens was an anthological series. It feels as if it was a compete story. We have no plans at this point to go back there and tell more stories so we won’t be seeing Scream Queens this season.”
This statement contradicts the fact that Season Two ended with a surprise cliffhanger, which will never be resolved at this point. Jamie Lee Curtis took to Twitter to thank fans of the franchise and offer this tongue-in-cheeck resolution to the series: read more