TV Show Review : American Horror Story Pilot

During the 8 hour train ride, knowing that there was absolutely nothing to do without internet (so homework was out of the picture), I decided to try and watch this new pop phenomenon that is “American Horror Story.”

So, what have I heard about it?

From a scale of 1 to 10, it apparently was an 11 in creepiness.

I just didn’t understand how it can be a semi-normal drama and still be a horror series. I must give credits to the writers of this TV series, they somehow put together two seemingly unrelated genres. Most horror movies I’ve seen is around 90% horror (scary parts when the main characters are running away/a ghost is haunting them, etc.), and only 10% drama, romance, and actual plotline.

In the pilot, they really start out with horror and gore, as well as the drama and romance. Without the horror part, it could have been a normal tv show. Family moves into a new house (a very banal beginning), girl is bullied at her new school, troubled boy falls in love with her.  There’s just so much drama packed into 40 minutes…I’m still not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

Now I’m the sort of person who gets scared really easily, so maybe your experience might be different. Somehow, this tv series, when you least expect it, pulls out an extremely creepy scene when you were just settling into the seeming normalcy of the dramatic plot.

I only have one criticism. Make something, just anything, normal. Every aspect of the “American Horror Story” world is exaggerated or twisted, from the one-sided bullies who do not approve of smoking yet aggressively fight with other girls to the strangely sadistic Violet to the rocky relationship between Violet’s parents. Everything is so….dark…

It would do some good to contrast some of that dark with light, because without light, the darkness will not be so dark. Do you know what I mean?

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