Old-school hor­ror show de­liv­ers gory, gothic fun with glee

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AMER­I­CAN Hor­ror Story is not maybe what you would ex­pect from Ryan Mur­phy on the back of Glee. Or maybe it is. This is the guy who did, af­ter all, also bring us Nip/Tuck.

Any­way, a show called Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story could be any­thing. Could be the Kar­dashian wed­ding. Could be Barack Obama’s State of the Union ad­dress.

But it re­ally is a hor­ror show. Old school, with a haunted house, a doc­tor who kept jars with things in them, a mad house­keeper, the works.

And Jes­sica Lange is in it. See how truly mean­ing­less Academy Awards are? You wind up as the crazy neigh­bour in a fringe tele­vi­sion se­ries. Not that she’s wound up. She’s only 63 or so. But in Hol­ly­wood years – dog years – she may as well be on a walk­ing frame. She’s not re­ally crazy ei­ther. More homi­ci­dal, I’d say at this point.

Good old multi-chan­nel tele­vi­sion. A few years ago Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story would’ve had to go on Ten and then where would we be? We’d be in Harper’s Is­land ter­ri­tory, re­duced to an au­di­ence of me and that guy in sport, watch­ing it at 2am Mon­days. Not to­gether ob­vi­ously. Hell no.

But now we can re­lax in the near cer­tainty that this creepy, won­der­ful show (which may con­tain some hot sex scenes) will see out its run on Eleven.

Peo­ple – or at least I – tend to think any­thing hor­ror-re­lated has to be camp. And God knows Glee is gayer than Christ­mas. But there is not a lot of wink­ing at the au­di­ence here. It’s droll, when it needs to be, but some heavy stuff goes down.

It emerges in the first episode on Tues­day night that the cou­ple who lived in the house Ben and Vivien have just bought were both boys. ‘‘ Gay?’’ Vivien asks the real es­tate agent as she’s point­ing out the real Tif­fany light fix­tures. ‘‘ What do you think?’’ she asks back.

Mean­while, their fluffy white dog is go­ing bananas at the door that leads to the . . . base­ment! Their daugh­ter Vi­o­let is the only one in the fam­ily who’s in­ter­ested in what’s down there. She’s all emo though. Teenagers . . .

Ben is played by Dy­lan Mc­Der­mott, Vivien by Con­nie Brit­ton, so they’re gor­geous, but that’s where the fun ends.

I loved this, in case you couldn’t tell. It’s fan­tas­tic gothic hor­ror and it’s fill­ing a huge void on TV. Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story, Eleven, Tues­day, 9.30pm

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