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‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’: The Horror News Network Mid-Season Review

Halfway through its intense and diverse season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story manages to out-“American horror” American Horror Story and claim the prize as one of the most engaging shows on television. Between its expert storytelling, its incredible actors, and its flawless delivery of social commentary, the series manages to exceed expectations each and every night.

The title, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, can be misleading at first glace. In Season One, we knew The People v. O.J. Simpson would primarily focus on the Simpson trial… and that’s exactly what we got. Assassination tells a much more complex story. Based on Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History by Maureen Orth, the season spends significantly more time on Darren Criss’ serial killer Cunanan and his other victims than the time it dwells on the inner-workings of the Versace clan. That isn’t to say that Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz, and Ricky Martin aren’t completely magnetic on screen- because they’re incredible- but the structure of the storytelling allows for breathing room as the viewer takes in the scope of Cunanan’s actions. read more

‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ Episode 1 Review

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. read more

Details for ‘American Horror Story’ Season 8 Revealed

When speaking to television critics at the semi-annual press tour on Friday night, Ryan Murphy discussed a few details about the eighth season of the Emmy Award winning American Horror Story.  As with previous seasons, plot and casting specifics of AHS are kept tightly under wraps. However, Murphy did clarify that the upcoming installment will not be the highly-anticipated crossover between “Murder House” and “Coven,“ which appears to be reserved for season nine at this point.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the AHS creator did reveal that season eight will be set in the future. “All I’ll say about it is I want to go to the future – still topical, but the future, which I’ve never done.” As of this moment, series regular and fan favorite, Sarah Paulson is the only cast member confirmed for the upcoming season. read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: October 2017 Blu-Ray Releases

We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!

Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of October 2017! read more

‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Episodes 2 & 3: The Horror News Network Review

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

Sarah Paulson Screams and Hides from Clowns on ‘Ellen’

Sarah Paulson- an actress known for screaming and hiding from clowns every week on American Horror Story: Cult- appeared on Ellen this morning to scream and hide from clowns.

Ellen, a hostess known for playfully pranking her guests from time to time, took things to the next level this morning by terrifying poor Sarah not one, not two, but three separate times! It all started before the show with a dressing room closet prank. Things escalated on stage during showtime when a costumed man with a Halloween-ey outfit snuck up on her and grabbed her shoulder while shouting unexpectedly. Paulson’s screams in real life are just as blood-curdling as her terrified performances; and by the second scare one has to wonder if she’s really into being freaked out over and over again for the amusement of Ellen’s audience. But Ellen didn’t stop there. A clown jumped out of a big box, which caused Sarah to take shelter under the show’s prop coffee table. read more

‘American Horror Story: Cult’: The Horror News Network Review

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

Ryan Murphy Reveals Details on the Characters of ‘American Horror Story: Cult’

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

Trailer for American Horror Story: Cult Delivers Blistering Social Commentary

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

‘American Horror Story’ Executive Producer Alexis Martin Woodall Reveals Information about ‘AHS: Cult’

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