American Horror Story

American Horror Story – Coven – Season 3

image Just in time for Halloween, American Horror Story has return and it’s wastes no time in setting the stage for sin, debauchery, excess, witches, voodoo and the supernatural. It only takes a few minutes to realize this season will be darker and more mysterious than the seasons that came before.

For this year we have the Coven, a finishing school for girls. And by girls I mean witches. Angela Lange stars as Fiona, the Supreme who comes back to teach the girls what it really means to be a witch in today’s modern times. She’s not satisfied with suppressing their gifts and wants to hone their skills and get them prepared. The burning of a witch not more than few miles down the road has her concern that a storm is brewing and they could be caught up in it.

Things start off quite grim as we see Kathy Bates as Madame Delphine LaLaurie, a Madame Bathory type who likes to bath in blood to keep her youthful appearance. She treats her guests with great extravagance, but her slaves are taken to the attic where they’re beaten, tortured, skinned and finally drained. A grisly scene that she seems to relish in.

The finishing school is quite like a scene from X-Men. Each girl has special abilities they need to learn to control. Zoe has the ability to kill men during sex, a point proven twice in the first episodes, Nan is a clairvoyant, Madison can move objects including a bus full of frat boys that assaulted her and Queenie is human voodoo wherein she can stab and cut herself causing pain to others. At one point she has a knife to her own throat. She’s pretty damn serious.

This episode started off in fine form with multiple characters from past episodes making their appearance. You should recognize them quite easily and I’m sure there’s more to come. We have events being based in Louisiana where magic is still a powerful thing. I have no doubt there will be many flashbacks to the Salem Witch Trials and more of the acts that LaLaurie was murdered for. It’s going to be an interesting season and while we don’t have the full story yet, there is plenty of information coming in to get you hooked and excited about what the future holds.

Now we enter the world of the strange, the unusual and the bizarre.

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American Horror Story: Coven

So the new season has a new name and some new faces. While most of the original cast is coming back, Kathy Bates (Misery among others) and Gabourey Sidibe(The Big C) are coming on board.

The series will be filmed in Louisiana, so that should really set the atmosphere for this one. I’m very excited to see the next season of this crazy ass show.

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American Horror Story Asylum – Season Finale

I held off the final two episodes so I could watch them back to back and just finished the season finale of Asylum. I have to say it has been one hell of a roller coaster ride for this season with so many twists and turns that at times it was hard to keep up. When the season first started it was hard to see where they were going with this, and even in the end those opening scenes at the abandoned Briarcliff come across as a little superficial, like there was something more they wanted to do, but the plot was headed a different direction and they didn’t have the time. But overall the show was full of dark humor, tense moments, strange experiments, odd characters and unexpected reactions. There was lots of shock value that’s for sure.

The final episode really was a wrap up, tying up loose ends as quickly as possible, even if they didn’t quite make sense. It seemed the simplest thing to do was go the way of Shakespeare and kill everyone off. I suppose that does follow in the footsteps of the first season, but it seemed a bit forced this time. But then you have to ask, are they really gone or did the "aliens" come to take them back? Was Briarcliff more than a lab for a war criminal? Did he unknowingly share his space with another species? Was this all part of a bigger plan? And what of the devil? Was it really him? Is it really that easy to make him go away? A lot of that seemed like false starts or just misdirection.

And I’m still a bit confused over the opening scene. Was it just random chance that the son of Bloody Face was in there or has he been lying in wait for others to show up so he can attack them? Have there been other unexplained murders at the old asylum? And what about the teens that were there as well? Serial Killers that Bloody Face cut short? That whole sequence seems a little awkward. Perhaps I need to watch it again to see the relevance of it all. Again, it seems like another false start, like there was another story they wanted to follow, but didn’t have the time.

I guess that’s the point of it all, to make you ask more questions than answer, to leave you wanting more. It kept things moving and tense right up to the end, right up to the final shot. I guess Lana is a bit more of a badass than we thought. But did she do it all for the right reasons? Was she seeking justice or cash?

This was a fun series and while of the storylines seem a little out of place it was very enjoyable from start to finish. I have no doubt that the next weekend I’m free, I’ll sit down and watch the whole thing again looking for those clues and little hints of what’s to come.

I can’t imagine what’s coming for season 3. After everything they stuffed into this season they must be wracking their brains to come up with even more diabolical and sinister plot lines.

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American Horror Story Asylum S02E05

image This show is getting downright strange and bizarre. Where else can you get nuns possessed by the devil, war criminals, Ann Frank, lobotomies, serial killers and unwholesome medical procedures all in one place.

American Horror Story has turned very dark and psychotic. I think this season is far more diabolical than the original. Not only is the material more sensitive, but as we’re coming to see, no one is who they appear to be.

Our doctor likes to perform all sorts of experiments in the quiet of his locked laboratory. Kit Walker, "Bloody Face", may be completely innocent even though his legal counsel just completely blindsided him into confessing. Said legal counsel has a rather twisted hobby and is more than likely the serial killer everyone has been looking for.

Sister Jude has had a fall from grace. She’s no saint, but she might be the only one who knows what the hell is going on around this joint.

The twists and turns are staggering. We’re only on episode 5 and I’m quite stunned over what’s happened so far. If you haven’t jumped on board, you’re missing one hell of ride. If you thought the original was sinister and had you confused, what until what they’ve cooked up so far.

I have to say, I’m completely riveted.

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