A fresh reinvention of horror TV brimming with dark energy flipping genre tropes like haunted houses with a now-iconic dubstep-y score, sensational cast, and nicely-visualized macabre as one of the best few good 21st century scary series. 6/10.
Plot Synopsis: The pilot season of the eventual 9-season, award-winning American Horror Story anthology follows The Harmons, a family of three moving from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to reconcile past anguish only to move into a house where nothing is as is seems.
*Possible spoilers ahead*
Review: A fresh reinvention of horror TV brimming with dark energy from its sadistic haunted house basement opening scene and now-iconic dubstep-y score, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have struck gold in what would be a career-launching title with this impeccably-acted (Connie Britton, Kate Mara, Doug McDermott, & Taissa Farmiga all top-notch performances), nicely-scripted, well-paced, visually-disturbing, effectively-eerie tour-de-force season of television reinvigorating the well-stepped horror trope of haunted houses and showing what could be done with it. Despite Evan Peters’ weird spandexed character + brittle acting in parts (eventually overcame to become a highlight of the show but here a little rough around the edges ), an unanswered cliffhanger ending, and overall-convoluted plot – AHS S1 delivers a (mostly) hit spookfest for FX’s growing silver screen arsenal that understandably established it as one of the best – and few – good 21st century horror TV series.
Official CLC Score: 6/10