After much speculation over the theme of American Horror Story season 6, we finally know it’s about the lost colony of Roanoke. AHS: My Roanoke Nightmare airs its third episode this week. Ahead of that, UMU takes a look at the previous two chapters.
American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare
Chapters 1 & 2
Season 5 of American Horror Story had me running for the hills. The AHS series is known for pushing boundaries and for not being afraid to “go there” but let me tell you, last year they took it too far. All I know is that after I saw that scene with the metal screw strap-on murder, I was not on board for the rest of the season. Now that the new season has begun, I had to think about if I would even give AHS another shot. Seasons 1-4 were good, but I wondered if they could redeem themselves from season 5’s sh** show (pun intended).
Let’s just get right to it! Season 6 of American Horror Story is good. Yes, I like it. The theme of this season is a play on those reality shows where real people share their ghost/haunted house experiences. I love those shows and AHS has really nailed the feel of these shows. The story follows a young couple from Los Angeles, Shelby and Matt Miller (played by Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lily Rabe and Andre Holland), who after suffering a brutal random attack decide to flee the city for the simple life in the husband’s home state of North Carolina. While out in the woods on a picnic date they happen upon a vacant beautiful old farmhouse and fall in love with it. Shortly thereafter, the farmhouse is put up for auction and Shelby and Matt enter into a bidding war for the home against some locals and they win. They excitedly move into the house and things are wonderful. But it wouldn’t be American Horror Story if things stayed that way.
Here are a few of my top creepy moments of AHS 6 Chapters 1 & 2:
- The Dead Pig Incident
Dead animals creep me out. Well actually… some live animals creep me out too if you remember that bloody rat story I shared with you from a while back. But I can’t imagine if I’d been awakened by some screeching pig noises in the middle of the night, and had gone out to investigate, only to find some loon had left a dead pig out in the front of my house. That’s something that would be too weird and too gross for me to feel comfortable in my new neighborhood.
- The Hot Tub Incident
Here we have a woman, who is already feeling a bit freaked out by the strange goings on that have been happening in and around her new home, but is trying to make the best of her situation. It doesn’t help that her hubby is (frequently) away on business. Shelby decides to have a nice glass of wine while she relaxes in their hot tub while alone at home yet her relaxing soak turns into a near drowning when she is held under water by fire torch carrying apparitions.
- The Smile. You’re on Candid Camera Incident
Matt asks his sister Lee (played by Angela Bassett and Adina Porter), a former cop, to stay with Shelby while he goes out of town on business. Determined to keep his wife and sister safe, Matt installs security cameras all around the outside of the premises before he leaves for his trip. Late one night while he’s away, he suddenly receives motion detection alerts to his phone from his home security system and he views these torch carrying strangers entering his house. To say that he was terrified for his family is an understatement.
- The Videos
The family on two different occasions is lead to uncovering recorded videos of a man who used to live at the farmhouse before they did. In these videos we learn that he is a professor named Dr. Elias Cunningham (played by Denis O’hare) who had sought out the house because of its connection to these two young nurses who used to own the house years before. These nurses would take in elderly ailing patients whose family had little use for them. Once their charges had been placed in their care, they would play a murderous game of hangman with their new patients. While Dr. Cunningham has spent some time alone at the farmhouse researching these nurses, he began to be terrorized by a group of torch carrying loons of his own (or quite possibly the same ones that are hounding the Millers).
- The I See Dead People Incident
When the Lee’s ex-husband Mason (played by Charles Malik Whitfield) arrives to the farmhouse to pick up their daughter Flora (played by Saniyya Sidney), Lee realizes that the Flora must be hiding somewhere in the house. The two set off to find her, which is when they hear her whispering in a closet. Lee opens the door and Flora immediately asks her parents where her friend went. Then she begins to tell them some of the things that her friend told her, like that they (the torch people) are going to kill them all and they are going to save the little girl until last. Hearing a child speak so matter-of-factly about murder was as startling to me and as if was for her parents. Mason hurriedly and angrily takes his little girl out of the house promising that that he would take Lee to court to keep her away from their daughter.
- The Disappearing Girl Incident
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Chapter 2’s creepy closing cliffhanger where Lee sort of abducts her own daughter by sneaking her away from her father and bringing her back to the farmhouse. Shelby takes Flora to go play in the living room, then she goes to make a quick call to try to smooth things over with her Mason, leaving Lee and Matt talking things over in the kitchen. In all the confusion, Flora wanders off to go play with her ghost friend. The adults don’t realize that she’s missing until it’s too late. They run outside to find Flora’s little jacket just dangling high atop one of the trees in their yard.
American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare is giving me all the life and all the creepiness that I love. I’m so glad that I’m enjoying this show again. It has some of my favorite actors in it – Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates and Denis O’hare. They are a few of the reasons why people like myself would just keep on coming back for more and more, season after season. Just please, no more metal screw strap-on murders. It was just too much for me.
American Horror Story airs on FX, Wednesday nights at 10 pm EST. Check your local listings.