American Horror Story

American Horror Story

So…we’ve been Netflixing American Horror Story! And yes, Netflixing, according to the Urban Dictionary, is a real word!

Net*flix*ing:

1. The act of watching an entire season of a show in one sitting.
2. A total valid excuse for avoiding social obligations.
As in: “Sorry I can’t make it to the party tonight. I am netflixing.”

 

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So one lonely sleepless night, I caught the Halloween episode of American Horror Story: Coven. Fascinating, I thought. I’ve always been attracted to dark magic and things that go bump in the night. Then, to my absolute delight, FX was running a marathon of sorts, so I watched the next one…and the next one! Sufficed to say, I was hooked. I immediately searched for previous episodes On Demand and was fortunate to discover that I was only a few episodes behind. Three hours later, I was all caught up and sleep was long forgotten by then. Thankfully, I’m not one for nightmares, which is good, because the content in this show is really disturbing and creepy as all get out!

 

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The next day, I couldn’t wait to tell my partner about my discovery and we watched the Coven episodes together (personally, I was content to watch them all over again, which says a lot!). To my relief, he loved the show as much as I did and eventually we sought out the first season of American Horror Story: Murder House on Netflix as well.

 

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In a word: holy-shit-wows! (okay, maybe that’s three words but I think you catch my meaning)

 

First of all, I have never EVER seen a show this visceral or raw on television before. The subject matter and language was…well, stunning, quite frankly – it might be more appropriate for an R-Rated movie than a television show in my opinion. FX get’s major props for having the guts to produce something this “adult oriented” on a cable network! What’s more, I was thoroughly mesmerized and impressed with the reoccurring actors/actresses from one season to the next;  and  are simply brilliant!! I have loved seeing them completely transformed from one role to the next each season. While discussing the series, I described it as a Community Playhouse of sorts, with each actor playing a different role for each series production. You recognize the faces, of course, but that is pretty much where the similarity ends.

 

Needless to say, we Netflixed the entire first season, Murder House, and felt sort of empty when it was all done. To our disappointment, American Horror Story: Asylum, which is season two, wasn’t available on Netflix yet, so we literally waited with baited breath for the next episode of Coven to arrive each week.

 

And then, finally, we received an email alert from Netflix that Season Two was available! How they knew we were yearning, I even can’t guess. I don’t get alerts about the other episodes we watch but somehow they just knew how much we wanted to see Asylum as well.

 

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And so, we watched Asylum all the way through in a couple of sittings (I know, netflixing implies one sitting but who cares?) and now we’re back to waiting impatiently for our DVR to catch each Wednesday episode of Coven again.

 

Not since Breaking Bad or Weeds, have we been that interested in a show (don’t even get me started on Breaking Bad, especially how they ended the series.) but talk about entertaining! Frankly, the creators () and writers have to have a screw or two loose because, again, the subject matter is so messed up sometimes. It takes a special kind of disturbia to come up with this stuff. Think about the worst things man-kind has to offer (necrophilia, incest, murder, slavery, torture, rape & religion), throw in some murderous ghosts, witchcraft, zombies, serial killers, death angels, and nuns (shudders), then square it and you come pretty damn close to describing American Horror Story.

 

If you have time, and aren’t particularly faint of heart, I highly recommend this show. It’s been a while since this guy has been scared of the dark.

 
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