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American Horror Story

Darwin loves horror movies.  I don't.  However, I drag Darwin to super-hero and action movies, so I put up with the occasional horror movie.

When I learned American Horror Story was featuring Lady Gaga this season, however, I thought it'd be cool.  Darwin could watch horror, and I could watch Lady Gaga, and we'd both win.  Plus--Kathy Bates!  I set the DVR to record the show, and when a few episodes had stacked up, Darwin and I settled in to watch.

Aaaand we didn't like it.  Didn't even get past the first episode.

The fish-eye lens (meant to mimic a hotel peephole, I suppose) got annoying really fast.  And every protagonist-type character acted like an utter idiot.  The two girly tourists in the opener had a hundred chances to escape, but took none of them, and in fact, did nothing but whine and scream.  The police detective showed up to investigate an emergency call with no help, even though we saw him work with an entire team just one scene earlier.  All the victims give in without fighting.  This horror trope I loathe more than any other, and this show has it over and over and over.  No one ever fights back or manages to get away?  Really?

Yeah, I know the storyline is meant to be outrageously Gothic, but style got in the way of story.  Many of the shots were so darkly lit, you couldn't see what was going on, and then when we shifted to the vampire child playroom, with the outdated video games, the change was so jarring, it jolted me out of the story and shouted, "Look! We're on a set!  Isn't the design cool?"

Even Lady Gaga's outrageous sense of style couldn't save it.

Darwin agreed with me.  We shut it off and deleted the recording.

Ah well.  There's always Supergirl.


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Nov. 11th, 2015 03:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I couldn't even finish the first episode. Ryan Murphy is the king of diminishing returns, and while I'd given up on the show after the first episode of season three, like you I figured Lady Gaga and Kathy Bates would be enough of a draw...

*sigh* Ah well.
Nov. 11th, 2015 06:31 pm (UTC)
I don't do horror on film or TV either (I'm addicted to Stephen King novels, but that's about as far as I go). It's not the scary stuff that keeps me away, it's the stupidity of most of the characters.

As for Supergirl, there is an entire blog post I'm purposefully not writing about it. I'm a long-time, Supergirl fan. I like her far better than I like her more famous cousin. My opinion on the show boils down to "Supergirl should star Amy Schumer because the show is a Trainwreck." I keep watching, though I think they've got one more week before I walk away entirely, but I find myself yelling "NO!" at the screen more often with Supergirl than I did during the World Series.

Ah well. There's always Gotham (and The Flash, and Arrow).
Nov. 11th, 2015 09:22 pm (UTC)
Uh oh--then you're not going to like the blog that's coming up soon . . .
Nov. 12th, 2015 01:18 am (UTC)
Can't wait to get another perspective on it. No one I talk to around here has any interest in the show or the character. Maybe you can bring me around to a better appreciation.
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