‘American Horror Story’ Season 6 Premiere Recap: What’s Going On!?

The Mysterious Season 6 Of ‘American Horror Story’ Kicks Off In Spectacular Fasion

Premiering with minimal plot details, we now know what the sixth season of ‘American Horror Story‘ is all about! The new title is “My Roanoke Nightmare”.

The Roanoke Colony was established in 1585 and was found empty by 1590. Out of no where, the entire group just disappeared during the Anglo-Spanish War. It is known as “The Lost Colony”. It seems like this will be the setting for this season as the show will jump from modern time to the past.

We start with an episode titled “Chapter 1”. This season is apparently a mockumentary titled ‘My Roanoke Nightmare‘. The premiere opens with confessional interviews and dramatic reenactments of events told by a married couple. After experiencing a hate-crime and a miscarriage, the couple move from their big city to a small country home in North Carolina. Acting in these dramatized reenactments are Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr, and Angela Bassett. Paulson plays the wife Shelby, Gooding Jr. plays the husband Matt, and Bassett plays the sister of Matt.

From the moment this couple buys their house, strange things start happening. Matt quickly dismisses Shelby’s claims of strange events. He believes it to be the racist townies that also wanted the house. Even when Shelby claims it was raining teeth or she was attacked by people with pitchforks, Matt still doesn’t believe her.

Review:

Known to explore different sub-genres of horror, this stylistic change makes sense. One of my only complaints is the documentary style can be distracting. Narration throughout took focus away from the scares at hand. I know I like documentary-style but some different editing choices will help it flow better.

It feels like more terror was brought back into the mix cause there was some serious tension and scares happening. The hot-tube scene had beautiful cinematography and also instantly set the creepy mood.

Seems like we will be getting a new creature this season. That grotesque pig-man was instantly memorable and truly shocking. The Internet did have fun with tons of “Man-Bear-Pig” memes though.

All these actors did a fine job. I love seeing Cuba Gooding Jr added to the ‘American Horror Story‘ mix. His work in ‘The People vs OJ Simpson’ was incredible so another collaboration with Ryan Murphy works. Now, we wait to see what other actors show up in this season. Some familiar faces did appear towards the end of the episode.

This season has influences from ‘The Blair Witch Project‘ to Slender Man. But most importantly, the Roanoke colony will play a big part. Using this true life event to inspire the season was genius on the part of writers Murphy & Brad Falchuk.

Can’t wait to see how this new season of ‘American Horror Story‘ will grow. All of the hype before hand really paid off. Going into the season with no idea of what’s happening was refreshing in the time where everyone knows everything.

American Horror Story‘ airs Wednesday Nights at 10pm on FX.

What did you think of the season 6 premiere?

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