The first season tells the story of Harmon family - dad, a shrink who cheated on his wife with his student, mom, still struggling to forgive dad for his betrayal and teenage daughter Violet, who loves dark, creepy things, cuts herself and is your typical angst ridden teen. They move into beautiful, big house that is kinda a main character of the season of its own - in each episode, in the opening sequence, we get to see one of the many murders that happened in the house. Starting in 20's of previous century and ending in modern day the carnage includes murderers, ghosts, mysterious Rubber Man, creepy Infantata who hides in the basement, wives serving justice to their cheating husbands, twisted doctors, deformed children and promiscuous maids.
The murders we see are often times disturbing and seriously creepy - even famous Black Dahlia (here played by Mena Suvari) makes an appearance. The creepiest and most frightening thing in the whole season for me was the origin of frightening monster Infantata that lives in the basement and attacks whoever is unlucky enough to wander there. The back story of that creature is really heartbreaking and messed up. And the attack in the basement from Pilot episode is hands down the scariest thing I saw on TV. But the main villain of the season is Rubber Man - something or someone dressed in kinky latex costume.
But perhaps the main reason to watch season 1 is Jessica Lange's bravura performance as Constance Langdon, tough and arrogant woman, aging Southern belle and a mother who loves her children but often times doesn't express her love in a normal or even comprehensible way. She is the one who is privy to the house's secrets and responsible for some of the ghosts that haunt the mansion. Her character is one of the most fascinating I ever saw on TV series and Lange is fantastic in playing her, commending the screen whenever she is on. The show is filled with memorable performances including Frances Conroy's maid and Taissa Farmiga's troubled Violet. Then there is Evan Peters as teenager Tate, who is an object of affections of pretty much every single teenage girl who watched the show.
Why is the show so successful in being scary? Because it deals with many horrors, not just the ones that are the invention of fantasy/horror writers but also the things that scare all of us. So in addition to ghosts, doctors playing God and urban legends we have school shooting, deformed children, pregnant woman being scared of what is growing inside her, a husband who cheats and his lover stalking him and children who don't want to have anything to do with their parents.
Sarah Paulson, who was a medium in season 1 returns as a lesbian journalist committed to the Asylum by her own partner - who will be played by Clea Duvall. Lily Rabe, wife to the failed and now crazy surgeon in season 1 will be one of the nuns in season 2 and Evan Peters will this time be the hero of the story - young man who gets accused for being Bloody Face - this season's main antagonist, murderer who wears his victims skin on his face as a mask - after his wife disappears. Here's the twist though - Peters's character insists he didn't kill her. In fact, he claims his wife was abducted...by aliens.
Just like season 1, season 2 will be going back and forth - we will meet married couple who moves in the asylum (now turned into a house) in modern day and we will see flashbacks to the time when asylum was opened, hiding many horrors within.
Season 2 begins on F/X on October 17 and next Sunday we will see how many Emmy awards season 1 is going to get. Though I must say it would be shocking if Lange left the ceremony empty handed.
Check out the enigmatic and creepy teasers for season 2 - here.RELATED POSTS: