Review: American Horror Story 6
October 5, 2016
American Horror Story is praised for their ability to frighten, shock, and unnerve viewers from season to season. Every theme is entirely different, with different characters making American Horror Story an extremely diverse show. The themes created by director Ryan Murphy and the crew are so different that it seems like each season is an entirely new series. All seasons thus far have had characters or details that intermingle with other seasons, which leaves viewers wondering if all of the seasons are forming one large story.
With the start of the sixth season titled “American Horror Story: Roanoke”, there was mystery in the air. For the first time the theme of the show wasn’t announced until it premiered on television. Multiple fake teasers were created to keep fans and viewers guessing until the premiere.
As soon as the title “My Roanoke Nightmare” appeared on screen I immediately thought back to the first season “AHS: Murder House”. Exact lines from Murder House tie in and possibly give some clues to the upcoming events of this season.
“In 1590, on the coast of what we now know as North Carolina, the entire colony of Roanoke—all 117 men, women, and children—died inexplicably. It became known as the ghost colony because the spirits remained. They haunted the native tribes living in the surrounding areas. Killing indiscriminately.”
This season is filmed documentary style, which I don’t hate, but am still learning to love. Due to the documentary style filming there was a lack of scares, and overall horror. The first episode had a slow start, and I was overly unimpressed; The episode was lackluster with little build to the plot or characters. The characters bought a house that they were warned not to buy, and immediately afterwards weird things began to happen to them. Pretty basic “scary” movie stuff. In the end I went to bed thoroughly disappointed after months of anticipation.
Luckily, the second episode didn’t disappoint, and AHS was in the swing of its regular ways. I won’t go into detail of what happened, because there’s a lot of moving parts. However, there was a sufficient amount of intenseness, and I did jump in my seat once. I am still waiting for the quality show that I’m used to, but I feel that the more the plot develops, the better the show will be. Currently I am still confused, and wondering where my boy Evan Peters is.