Therapist Ben Harmon, his wife, Vivien, and their daughter, Violet, move across the country to Los Angeles to escape their troubled past.



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Vivien and Ben Harmon and their daughter Violet relocate to Los Angeles from Boston and buy a large old house. As required by law, the real estate agent discloses that the previous occupants were the victims of a murder-suicide. The Harmons think nothing of it and concentrate on repairing their marriage that has come under strain following Vivien's miscarriage and Ben's subsequent infidelity with one of his students. Ben is a psychiatrist and will meet his patients in the house. They meet the neighbors, the eccentric Constance and her daughter Adelaide. Vivien also hires a housekeeper, Moira, but Ben and Vivien don't quite see the same person when they look at her. Violet is bullied at school and befriends one of her dad's patients who has serious psychological problems. Strange events begin to occur. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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5 October 2011 (USA)  »

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Troy (Bodhi Schulz) wore the red striped shirt, while Bryan (Kai Schulz) wore the green striped shirt. See more »


When Ben goes to light the fireplace, he turns the gas valve clockwise. Gas valves, as with all valves, open counter clockwise. See more »


Tate: You're doing it wrong, if you're trying to kill yourself you cut vertically, they can't stitch that up...
Violet Harmon: How'd you get in here?
Tate: If you're trying to kill yourself, you might also try locking the door...
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References Vertigo (1958) See more »


Tonight, You Belong To Me
by Patience and Prudence
[Song heard when the twins are trashing the house]
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Pretty ballsy
11 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So I managed to watch the Pilot for American Horror was certainly odd. I say that in a weird way. I have to say that I don't think I have ever seen a Pilot with more stuff crammed in it. There was A LOT of things that happened. In fact, too much that I lost count. In a way it was too much, but in another way it marks a certain refreshing establishment. The horror bits weren't scary but they certainly were odd and weird. I think that the drama and horror aspects of it aren't well tuned, and the two leads in one scene in an argument were pretty weak, as was he dialogue. I don't know, the only word that i can come up with is ODD because while it has problems, it also stands out in a way. That is all I want to say for now.

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