By Pamela Canning
I had promised myself not to get involved in one more television series, but the words of my daughter haunted me, “Mom, you’ll love it, it is so scary and it has Jessica Lange!” Great, two of my favorite things, Jessica Lange and horror, who was I kidding; I was hooked on American Horror Story before I watched a single episode. I reluctantly set my DVR to tape last season’s shows which were being replayed in preparation for the upcoming season. They weren’t going to be on for a week so I continued on with my busy life; children, food, classes, husband and sleep. As I was watching my weekly (never miss) Dailey Show I saw the dreaded AHS episodes sitting there in my recorded, but not watched, section.
Taking my daughter’s clear instructions literally I began on Season 1 Episode 1, I have to admit I wasn’t impressed. I found it awkward and sexually charged, not making a whole lot of sense. I called my daughter and she begged me to hang in, “don’t give up, you won’t regret it.” Well, she was right, everything changed when Episode 2 began. I was literally banishing my children from the living room so I could watch this show. And Jessica Lange did not disappoint, she is wicked and played exquisitely. Her dynamic screen presence hasn’t minimized since her break out role in Frances (recommended), a biographical portrayal of a mentally tortured Hollywood actress.
American Horror Story is the mastermind of Ryan Murphy (Glee and Nip/Tuck). The spooky drama flips back in forth between different horrific events centered on a house in Los Angeles, centering on the current family residing in this beautifully restored Victorian. I don’t want to give too much away, but it is worth your time if you like horror and great writing. I am the last one who should be suggesting that anyone get involved in yet another television show, but it is Fall/Winter and you will be hunkered down, so why not?
I am declaring, yet again, that this is it! I am not open to any suggestions on new television shows.