American Horror Story Episode 1 nutshell review

Posted on October 7, 2011


American Horror Story ep1 mini review: Few haunted / possessed house tropes and cliches escaped the writers of this new series. The main influences seem to be The Amityville Horror and The Shining but there are also elements from American Gothic, Paranormal Activity and Halloween. Quick editing techniques yield a few scary moments, but ultimately the script follows a well known path. Future episodes will need to take original and unexpected twists and turns in order to retain viewers on this journey which (for now at least) seems to be taking us to an overly familiar final destination.



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