Easily one of the best new series to come from any network last year was the truly creepy American Horror Story. When it first debuted, I was skeptical because, honestly, how often is a show that says it's scary (in the title) actually scary? If you call yourself American Horror Story, you have 3 things to live up to: it has to be set in America ('natch), it has to tell a story, and it's got to be horror! If it isn't one or all of these things, you're setting yourself up for failure. But the people behind Glee didn't play it safe. Yes, Glee. But don't let that scare you away.
And while some of American Horror Story‘s first season’s characters were more than a little self-aware and amused by their paranormal predicament, you can’t deny that from the moment that the grinding, skittery chainsaw of a theme song oozed out of your tv speakers, you were in for one consistently terrifying experience. Amazingly, on basic cable TV.
And if you’ve seen the first season, these three new TV spots are as unnerving as you’d expect.
If you get a chance, grab season 1 on DVD/Blu-Ray now, but know that you don’t have to see it in order to understand or appreciate season 2. Each season is completely separate and self-contained with a totally different set of characters. It’s going to be tough to live up to last season’s excellence, but you can bet I’ll be planted in front of my TV (with the lights on) when American Horror Story: Asylum arrives this October.