I just watched the premiere of the new FX series “American Horror Story” with Dylan McDermott.
What the fuck??? I mean, seriously what the fuck was that??
I suppose the lack of any explanation is supposed to pique the audience’s curiosity and get us to keep tuning in. But…well, that might work to get people to sit through a horror movie, but I want a pilot for an ongoing series to establish it’s ground-rules. This came off as completely incoherent.
The wife just wasn’t sympathetic. Despite her husband’s betrayal, she still came off as a nasty shrew.
There were just so many oddball elements that didn’t gel together - the backstory of the parents, the daughter with her father’s psychotic teenage patient, the weird neighbors. The maid. I couldn’t tell - was this really supposed to be creepy, or was it an over-the-top parody of modern horror movies?
And already they are trotting out some of the worst cliches of gothic haunted house movies - a dog that ‘senses the presence of something in the house’, the ghosts of adolescent twins, the housekeeper (who has a “housekeeper” in 21st century America? That sounds like such a Henry James-ian term for a cleaning lady) with a glass eye, kitchen cabinets opening of their own accord, oh…and a mentally handicapped kid saying “You’re gonna die!” Ugh.
Actually the show had one intensely scary element - Jessica Lange, looking much the worse for wear and camping it up like no tomorrow. Last year, lots of folks remarked on how shocking it was to see former knockout Barbara Hershey looking like a plastic surgery freak show. Jessica makes Barbara look like dewy & fresh-faced in comparison.
Bleccch. I want that hour back.