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American Horror Story 

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An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show circus, a haunted hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, the apocalypse, and a slasher summer camp.
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Series cast summary:
Evan Peters ...  James March / ... 95 episodes, 2011-2020
Sarah Paulson ...  Lana Winters / ... 86 episodes, 2011-2020
Denis O'Hare ...  Spalding / ... 60 episodes, 2011-2016
Kathy Bates ...  Madame Delphine LaLaurie / ... 59 episodes, 2013-2020
Jessica Lange ...  Constance Langdon / ... 53 episodes, 2011-2018
Frances Conroy ...  Myrtle Snow / ... 52 episodes, 2011-2018
Lily Rabe ...  Misty Day / ... 52 episodes, 2011-2020
Angela Bassett ...  Desiree Dupree / ... 48 episodes, 2013-2018
Emma Roberts ...  Madison Montgomery / ... 46 episodes, 2013-2019
Cheyenne Jackson ...  Will Drake / ... 43 episodes, 2015-2018
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Physical and psychological horrors affect a decomposing family, workers and residents of an insane asylum, a coven of witches, a cast of circus freaks, the employees and guests at a struggling hotel, a family who moved into a mysterious farmhouse, the members of a small suburb in Michigan, the surviving members of the Apocalypse, and the counselors of a creepy summer camp in this haunting anthology series, focusing on the themes of infidelity, sanity, oppression, discrimination, addiction, and exploitation.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Horror Story: Asylum See more »

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16:9 HD
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Zoe Benson: Do you think Fiona can fix it?
Madison Montgomery: You're such a Goddamn idiot. I can't believe you told them everything. I'm supposed to be cleaning up my act! When this gets out, I'm screwed!
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Madison Montgomery: They're not gonna find any evidence that we messed with the bus because we did not mess with the bus! What did you do to that shit dick in the hospital, though?
Fiona Goode: [Fiona comes in, angry] Idiots.
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Entertaining.
7 October 2011 | by demented_baboonSee all my reviews

A dysfunctional family moves into an old house, a house with a history of horror. For the main characters, history is what the first episode is all about: the husband's history of infidelity, the wife's history of having a bloody stillbirth, the daughter's history of cutting herself -- for each a long history of pain and resentment and longing for change, though it quickly becomes apparent the only change coming will leave them hysterically screaming to the sudden, violent, gory end. The one sure thing this show promises is that people will die horribly, and we will all be terrified by it.

The characters are not likable; they may not even be redeemable. Even the suffering wife is bitter and cold and hateful. But do they deserve what horrible things will assuredly happen to them? Nope. Which means their fight is our fight, and their fear is our fear.

American Horror Story is interesting, entertaining, suspenseful, and ambitious. After watching the first episode, I want to watch some more.


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