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Upcoming Season of ‘American Horror Story’ to Feature a Crossover

American Horror Story showrunner Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter that the next season of the show will be a crossover between season one’s Murder House and season three’s Coven.

Murder House, the inaugural season for FX’s successful show, premiered in October of 2011. The story centered around a couple that moved from Boston to Los Angeles and are unaware that their new house is haunted by ghosts of its former residents. The season starred Jessica Lange, Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, and Tessa Farmiga. The twelve-episode series received generally positive reviews from critics and by the end of the season AHS tied Falling Skies as the biggest new cable series of the year among adults 18-49. read more

Billie Lourd to Return in ‘American Horror Story’ Season Eight

Billie Lourd fans were certainly disappointed when her first Ryan Murphy horror series, Scream Queens, was prematurely cancelled after just two seasons… but it looks like she’s found a permanent home on Murphy’s other big horror franchise! After a lead role in last season’s American Horror Story: Cult, Lourd will indeed be returning for Season Eight.

Deadline reports that Lourd has been cast in the upcoming season alongside co-stars such as Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, and Joan Collins. Details on Lourd’s new character have not yet been revealed, and all we know about any of the upcoming parts is that Collins will play the grandmother of Peter’s character. read more

‘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 2 Review

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story maintains its momentum in Episode Two by elaborating on what worked so well with last week’s episode. Like its predecessor, The People v. O.J. SimpsonAssassination offers incredible characterization as it unfolds its exposition through the clever use of flashbacks and present-day storytelling.

Darren Criss is the star of the show with his scene-stealing portrayal of serial killer Andrew Cunanan. Episode Two spends much more time getting to know him, and this ends up being both hypnotizing and traumatizing for the viewer. Criss’ Cunanan projects a special blend of iron confidence and crippling awkwardness. In some public scenes, we get the impression that he could sell bottled water to a fish; but in his private moments we can see him grappling with the fact that his world is unraveling as a nationwide manhunt closes in on him. Depending on the scene and his company, Criss’ character is sometimes unassuming, sometimes charming, or sometimes terrifying. I suggested in my previous review that Criss sometimes takes a page out of Christian Bale’s book when he portrayed Patrick Bateman in 2000’s American Psycho, and I was utterly delighted when Episode Two ended with a scene very similar to Bateman’s “misunderstood” night club conversations. One thing’s for sure: regardless of his inspirations, Criss is delivering an extremely engaging performance of an otherwise detestable character for this program. 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

‘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

‘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