A brave, tour-de-force of psychological horror, "American Horror Story" is a twisted, frightening television show about the many people who have died in one Los Angeles house throughout the 20th Century. The story picks up in 2011 with a new family moving in after escaping from their personal trials on the East Coast. It's time to rebuild their relationships but, holy cow, did they chose the wrong foundation! This haunted house sticks a red-hot poker in everyone's fears and twists.  Each terrifying scene adds both clarity and complexity and the dynamic cast makes you desperately want to know what happens next.

The writers intelligently experiment with love, loss, regret, and family, adding to the deep emotional undercurrent of each episode. Creatively shot and well directed, viewers who like horror and the eccentric will find this show appealingly dark. However, if you're not comfortable with the usual late-night fare that airs after 10 p.m. (such as shows like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, or Sons of Anarchy) this show might be out of your comfort zone.

Recommended by Matthew Lowder


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