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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by balboa dave, Oct 6, 2011.
Highly unambiguous. Intonation is everything.
I LOVED it! Cannot wait till next week...So much going on...Impossible to get bored!
Can You Spot All of American Horror Storys Cinematic Homages?
Creepy twins: The Shining
Person with Down syndrome who has psychic powers: Dreamcatcher
"You're all gonna die in there": Poltergeist II
Adorable song perverted by use in horror sequence: "Buckle My Shoe," A Nightmare on Elm Street
Dog recognizes and barks at evil: The Thing
Father turned mad by potentially possessed house: The Amityville Horror
Creepy basement: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Creepy attic: The Changeling
Rubber gimp suit: Pulp Fiction
Nosy next-door neighbor who may collude with evil: Rosemary's Baby
Bernard Hermann's "Twisted Nerve" playing as someone walks down a hallway with murderous intent: Kill Bill Vol. 1
Creepy housekeeper who knows too much (and isn't telling): The Others
An old lady who can also appear sexy and young: The Shining
Elaborate burn-victim makeup: Freddy Krueger, A Nightmare on Elm Street
Stillborn baby birth as a backstory: Orphan
Potentially demonic rape resulting in pregnancy: Rosemary's Baby
I enjoyed the pilot a lot.
Seriously how many more crime investigation shows and singing competitions do we need?? This show is offering something very unique. It had a real and specific sense of atmosphere, mystery and the acting was solid. I was engaged from beginning to end.
Sure it was pretty mindless and overly self-important. I have NO idea how they can sustain the 'what-is-going-on-in-this-creepy-house' thing over 12 or 13 (?) episodes. But for now I will hang in there to see where they're going with this.
The show is so stylish, the editing is very effective, the acting is on a high level (especially Lange who steals every scene she is in).....yet apparently the snooty TV critics have all been very down on it.
Without reading ANY reviews, I would assume the critics' issue with it is that it tries very hard to be quirky and edgy.
I think they could even push the envelope a little more.
And then when a police officer shows up, they can add Law & Order!
The one thing that bothered me was the old cliche of a key character (in this case the husband) refusing to listen to someone trying to warn him. The previous owner with the half burned face was driven to tears while telling his story and all the husband can say is stay away.
If that were you, wouldn't you have a lot of questions and want to listen?
If someone told me my house was haunted I wouldn't listen.
But what if it were an ex-con who liked to watch you naked from outside your window? Surely that would lend credibility.
is it going to be replayed
Nor would I, regardless of who was "peeping"....and what could he possibly see anyhow from ground level into a second story window? Certainly not Dylan's junk....
Well, that would depend upon Dylan's size and current configuration...
I'm not so sure creepy burned man was really trying to warn him: The story that he told served to disturb the husband greatly - to push him one step closer to the edge of sanity, even -- perhaps the burned guy is actually a construct of the house and that was his intention. Did you see the twisted smile he gave when the husband took off at the end? It was like a "mission accomplished" smile, but where the mission was not to warn but to scare. As proposed upthread, I speculate Moira isn't the only character who is a ghost. In addition to Moira and the burned man, I have my suspicions about most of the figures we were introduced to, including the psychotic boy -- I thought it was interesting and perhaps important that the husband's efforts to report him were seemingly thwarted. I'm not convinced he's real, especially given what happened in the basement with the high school bully. (Um... and whether he's real or not -- WTF are you thinking, treating psychotic patients in a home office?)
I'm also curious about the house itself. Owned by a "doctor to the stars" in the 1920's. Significant house fire in the 1950's or 60's. Shown derelict and in a great state of disrepair in 1978, but renovated sometime after that by the gay murder/suicide couple. The house (apart from the basement) looks great now. But I wonder if, like Moira, it may turn out that its true appearance is something other than the way it seems.
I really enjoyed this pilot. It escaped feeling derivative to me even though I agree it did utilize many standard horror tropes. I hope the series holds up to the standard set here. They had me at "Don't make me kill you again."
In parts, it reminded me a bit of Clive Barker's "Coldheart Canyon."
The basement scene with "cocaine girl" reminded me of the episode "Fair Haired Child" of the Masters of Horror series.
Here's a slide show of the interior of the real house on which the exterior shots were based.
Very cool. There is even an attic photo. They took the most license there of course. It's not creepy at all in reality.
Well, I finally watched the pilot last night (E02 is still waiting for me) and found it compelling. So many elements - so many actors I really like. Jessica Lange is one of my all-time favorite actors so it's great seeing her. Her daughter character - wo!
The whole dual thing with the maid (great seeing Frances Conroy, although she is barely recognizable) is pretty freaky. The creepy boy is pretty interesting. That deal he made happen with the bully girl was something I never would have imagined (but then I tend not to have a sense of creativity so I always depend upon others for that).
I'm not sure that I see this being a sustainable 'series', however, and it seems more like a mini-series type of deal. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it. I totally did and will keep watching.
Cearbhaill - Thanks for the house pics. Wow.
We watched both episodes last night. I enjoyed them both.
I asked my wife is this a mini series? I too question how many people they can kill before it becomes a bit too much. 20 people killed or disappear at one house and the police never seem to care?
Hopefully they have a more creative way to keep it going? Perhaps more of it living in the past or showing previous things vs new people being killed.
Anyway looking forward to the next episode.
I speculate that each week we'll see another chapter of the house's history, and some more of the present family's experience. Since the house was built in the 1920's, that's a lot of history to explore. I predict the series finale will show the current family finally driven to insanity/murder/suicide/death - they'll join all of the ghosts haunting the house that we've seen in prior episodes. The final scene will be the realtor showing the home to a new buyer (who will be haunted by the ghosts of the current family).
Especially since a house like that probably has higher-than-average turnover.
It does make one wonder why the house doesn't have a broader reputation, however. Sure, the murder groupies know about it, but apparently only because of the one case. Is there some UMF that prevents people from drawing connections among the various deaths?