American Horror Story: Season 1, Episode 4

Halloween: Part 1 (26 Oct. 2011)

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Two of the house's previous residents, interior designers Chad and Patrick, give the Harmons decorating advice.



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A flashback to to 2010 shows the previous owners of the house, Chad and Patrick, who are attacked by the man in the rubber suit. In the present day, it's Halloween and Vivien and Ben are getting little interest in the house. Their real estate agent, Marcy, suggests they hire a fluffer, someone who can give the house a little something extra. Tate tells Violet about the abortionist and his wife, Charles and Nora Montgomery, whose baby was kidnapped and murdered by a boyfriend seeking revenge. Addie wants to dress as a pretty girl for her trick or treating but tragedy ensues. Vivien realizes that Ben has been in touch with his ex-girlfriend in Boston. When she suffers severe abdominal cramps Ben rushes her to the hospital where a scan reveals her to be in an advanced state of pregnancy and not the few weeks she thought. While they're away, Larry Harvey shows up at the house demanding his money. Written by garykmcd

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After Ben and Vivian leave for the hospital, Violet is seen in her room, listening to music and reading a manga comic. The said manga is "NANA" by Ai Yazawa. See more »


Nora Montgomery receives the "eye for an eye" phone call. The caller hangs up and we hear a dial tone. However, the time period is supposed to be the 1920's, dial tone was not introduced until the 1940's. See more »


Marcy: Don't put the blame on Mame.
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References Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) See more »


Big Mother
by Feeding People
[Playing in Violet's room while she's reading]
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Halloween tale is scary but confusing and terribly overacted...
28 October 2011 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I just came across this on TV called American Gothic, Part I, dealing with the Halloween story within and starring Dylan McDermott and Jessica Lange.

All I can say is Jessica must think she's playing to the balcony in a theater version of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, because she gives the kind of performance here as a mother from hell that can only be called appalling.

More toned down is Dylan McDermott as the psychiatrist dad, head of a household full of creeps, some dead, some alive. There's even a hint of a sexual encounter with a male ghost that he bluntly rebuffs. Is this supposed to be a hint of his hidden sexual agenda? None of it really makes much sense so there's no use in describing the so-called plot. Suffice it to say that it's strictly a cartoon-like version of a horror tale that has to be taken as a joke, not seriously. But even then, it fails to achieve whatever goals it had.

Strictly for adults who can get their kicks from non-too-subtle Halloween pranks involving spirits that walk among the living or devotees of the Addams Family situations.

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