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