American Horror Story

by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Oct 8, 2012
American Horror Story

Any show featuring a hot man in a rubber suit has got to be a winner.

"American Horror Story: The Complete First Season" on Blu-ray offers the obvious horror that its title suggests, along with some dark humor and a dash of psychosexual intrigue.

The 12 episode season starts off with a bang, as the Harmon's (Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton) move from Boston to LA to start life anew. They move into a sprawling home, unaware that the previous inhabitants are now ghosts who haunt their home. The creepy and twisting storyline gets more complex as the season progresses, ending with a 2-story arc that wraps up this mini-series.

Show creator Ryan Murphy knows a thing or two about off-the-wall shows: the man who brought us "Nip/Tuck" and "Glee" does an audio commentary on the pilot episode. Recently out actor Zachary Quinto appears in 5 episodes as one half of a gay couple that was murdered in the house...the frank dialogue about gay life is one of "American Horror Story's" highlights.

The cast is stellar for a TV series, especially with a standout performance from Jessica Lange in an award winning role. Her un-PC character is complex, rich with a sordid history, and Lange gets to deliver such humdinger lines as "what do we do about getting rid of the gays of the house?" McDermott and Britton play off each other well as the couple in turmoil, and the youngsters in the cast (Taissa Farmiga and Evan Peters) are pros as well.

Four special features are on the Blu-ray:

"The Murder House presented by Eternal Darkness Tours of Hollywood" is a cheesy tour through the Harmon house, but in reality this feature is a storyline recap for those too impatient to watch the entire season.

"Behind the Fright: The Making of American Horror Story" features typical interviews and an on-set making of the series.

"Overture to Horror: Creating the Title Sequence" shows how the spooky music and title card of the beginning of each show was made.

"Out of the Shadows: Meet the House Ghosts" is an extension of other previous features.

"American Horror Story"

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.


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