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Halloween: Part 1 

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

Director:

David Semel

Writers:

Ryan Murphy (created by), Brad Falchuk (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dylan McDermott ... Dr. Ben Harmon
Connie Britton ... Vivien Harmon
Evan Peters ... Tate Langdon
Taissa Farmiga ... Violet Harmon
Denis O'Hare ... Larry Harvey
Jessica Lange ... Constance Langdon
Kate Mara ... Hayden McClaine
Zachary Quinto ... Chad Warwick
Frances Conroy ... Moira O'Hara
Lily Rabe ... Nora Montgomery
Matt Ross ... Dr. Charles Montgomery
Christine Estabrook ... Marcy
Jamie Brewer ... Adelaide 'Addy' Langdon
Teddy Sears ... Patrick
Michael Graziadei ... Travis Wanderly
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

The shirt that Violet, played by Taissa Farmiga, wears in this episode has the cover art for The Kinks' 1984 album, "Word of Mouth." See more »

Goofs

Zachary Quinto's character pronounces Celtics with a soft "c", like the basketball team. It is pronounced with a hard "c"as if a "k". See more »

Quotes

Nora Montgomery: I want to bury our son in this. Charles? What are you doing?
[shouts]
Nora Montgomery: What have you done to our baby?
[Sobs]
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Connections

Features Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Lavender Moon
Written and performed by Haroula Rose
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Halloween tale is scary but confusing and terribly overacted...
28 October 2011 | by DoylenfSee 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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