American Horror Story is a horror-drama series, each season takes place in a new setting.
The show aims to cater for every fear by throwing a variety of horror at the screen and manages to keep the audience gripped from the beginning.
Serial killers, aliens, evil nuns, mad Nazi doctors, witches, clowns, school shootings, exorcisms, things going bump in the night/day and some sort of poltergeist in a gimp suit, all make an appearance in this erotic thriller.
Up to now there have been four seasons: Murder House, Asylum, Coven and Freak Show.
The fifth season is expected to premiere around Halloween with 13 all-new episodes and it has now been confirmed that Lady Gaga will be joining the cast.
The one thing this show promises is that people will die horribly, and people will be terrified by it.
During the first season a dysfunctional family move into a horror house with a lot of history. It is definitely not your typical haunted house plot.
The writing is fast paced and doesn’t stretch things out like many long winded series. It doesn’t take its time to get the ball rolling. This show never leaves you much chance to breath before springing another traumatic event your way.
Every season the same handful of recurring actors are brought back to life with different characteristics. Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, and Sarah Paulson have appeared in every season up to now, but rumours show that Jessica Lange may not be making an appearance in the upcoming season Hotel.
Certain stories in AHS are actually inspired by true crimes that have happened in the past. In season one, the Black Dahlia storyline was true and based on an aspiring actress who was brutally killed in 1947.
Season 2 showed Alma and Kit a couple who were inspired by Betty and Barney Hill, a famous interracial couple who claimed they were abducted by aliens in the 60’s.
The Axeman of New Orleans was a real serial killer. The letter Danny Huston’s character types during The Axeman Cometh is the same letter the real Axeman penned back in 1919, asking people to play jazz or ‘get the axe.’
This is what makes the show unique, it doesn’t follow traditional TV horror shows.