Review: ‘American Horror Story’

Commentary by
ALEXCIS TAPIA

As the fall weather slowly creeps up and Halloween nears, it is time for another season of “American Horror Story.”

Season six of AHS’s theme remained a mystery up until two weeks ago on Sept. 14, when it premiered on FX at 10 p.m. Show-runner Ryan Murphy thought to introduce the new idea of leaving the theme up to the fans to guess and only dropping hints closer to the premiere date.

Another new feature is the early start in September compared to the usual October premiere. Even with all the new additions to how the show was promoted, the long awaited theme was finally revealed to be— Roanoke.

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

For those who don’t know, the Roanoke story is very peculiar. A group of 115 people were sent to establish a colony on Chesapeake Bay. No settlers were found, so they decided to stay and establish the colony on Roanoke.

Troubles began with the natives and the leader of the group fled back home to gather help, leaving the rest behind. After three years, the leader came back but was shocked to find no one. There was no trace of the group of 90 men, 17 women and 11 children.

The only thing he saw was the word “CROATOAN” carved into a fence.
The first episode begins with characters Shelby and Matt Miller sitting down for an interview for a documentary called “My Roanoke Nightmare.”

They begin telling the story of their move from Los Angeles to North Carolina.
They then purchase a house with all the money they have and begin a new life.

However, strange things start to unfold at the house.
For example, the sound of a pig being killed every night, a tooth filled rainstorm on the house, apparitions of female nurses murdering people and a tribe’s sacrifice of a man in the woods, are only just the beginning. The images of the pig alone are enough to make you not want to eat pork ever again.

Then, the next episode, which I thought couldn’t get any stranger, did. Matt’s sister, Lee comes over to babysit Shelby while Matt is away on business.

She is also a recovering alcoholic with a daughter, Flora, who is in the custody of her father due to obvious reasons.
Flora comes to visit Lee at the house and meets an imaginary friend who wants her to hand over her doll or everyone will die— seems a little harsh to me, but this is also something I would hopefully never hear come out of a child’s mouth if they were in my house.

Nonetheless, Flora is forced to go back with her father, never to be seen again. Yet, this is AHS, and who really stays away forever? Lee kidnaps Flora and brings her back to the house.

What happens next, you may ask? Flora disappears yet again and her only remains that Lee, Shelby, and Matt find is her sweater at the top of a large pine tree.

From the constant screaming to the mystery behind it all, AHS will have you hooked all season right to the very end.

Make sure to check out next week’s episode on Oct. 5 at 10 p.m. on FX.

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