American Horror Story premiered on October 5, 2011 on the FX television network. Since then this fiction from the creators of Glee has become a benchmark in the world of fiction for its reinvention of the horror genre.
From the paranormal to an upcoming everyday reality, this fiction has allowed itself to explore the worst aspects of human nature, sometimes acting as an instrument of criticism of American society.
The different seasons that make up the series are independent of each other and in each one we are transferred to a different time and place in which a new story unfolds. Some, however, share the same universe and this has made possible various crossovers between them.
That is why it will always be better not to miss the previews since, despite developing around different stories with new characters, there is a part of the casting of actors that is repeated season after season. This is the case of Sarah Paulson (12 Years a Slave), Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Kathy Bates (Misery), Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under), Lily Rabe (The Good Wife), Denis O’Hare (True Blood), Angela Bassett (IS) y Jessica Lange (Tootsie), that after his farewell in Freak Show will reappear in Apocalypse.
In addition, in the fifth season, Hotel, we could see the singer Lady Gaga in her first leading role on television, playing the bloody Countess who owns the Hotel Cortez, inhabited by the souls of all those who died inside. Other actors who have occasionally participated in the series are Taissa Farmiga (The Bling Ring), Matt Bomer (White Collar), Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire), Kate Mara (127 Hours) and Emma Roberts (The Art of Getting by).
The creations of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have always been characterized by the empowerment of female characters, who become the central axis of the plot. This is also reflected in American Horror Story, in which women emerge as the strongest characters and those who advance the story, always putting themselves before the obstacles that threaten to topple them. This is particularly well reflected in Coven, season in which all the main characters are female.
It is important to highlight that the American Horror Story They not only focus on horror stories about haunted places and the macabre exploits of misunderstood assassins who cannot suppress their impulses, but also deal with political issues, such as the election that won Donald Trump to which they dedicated the seventh season and that Murphy and Falchuck viewed as an apocalyptic scenario in which American citizens brought out the worst in themselves.
The predilection of its creators for musicals has also been reflected in the series as the seasons went by. And it is that, we must remember that Murphy and Falchuk are the parents of Glee, a musical teen series that hooked millions of viewers around the world. That is why it is not surprising that one of the most celebrated moments by fans in American Horror Story was Jessica Lange’s performance in Asylum, in which his character covered The Name Game de Shirley Ellis, scene that was included in the script at the request of the actress herself. However, it is in Freak Show where the musical theme acquires more prominence and Jessica Lange repeats as a singer performing songs by Lana del Rey and David Bowie, this time accompanied by Evan Peters emulating Nirvana and Sarah Paulson as Fiona Apple. Also noteworthy is the presence of the singer of the Fleetwood Mac group, Stevie Nicks, in Coven, a season in which she not only played herself but also was part of the soundtrack including some of her mythical songs.
The success of the series has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Leading Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie for Jessica Lange in 2012; the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie for Lady Gaga in 2016; and the GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Award for Best Miniseries or Movie Made for TV in 2013.
American Horror Story stands out, in this way, as a perfect fiction for all those who are looking for a different series, presenting itself to viewers without any concealment and placing us in front of some of our worst fears through an original approach that is renewed in each installment.
Chapters that you cannot miss:
- 1×11. ‘Birth’
- 2×10. ‘The Name Game’
- 3×01. ‘Bitchcraft’
- 4×10. ‘Orphans’
- 5×11. ‘Battle Royale’
- 6×01. ‘Chapter 1’
- 7×06. ‘Mid-Western Assasin’
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