American Horror Story came back last night with its Season 6 premiere. Unlike previous seasons, we had no hints about the theme, just the assertion by series creator Ryan Murphy that Season 6 is going to be unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.
Read on if you want to know what this season is about – or at least what the American Horror Story season 6 premiere was about.
When the American Horror Story season 6 premiere begins, we find ourselves watching a documentary feature called My Roanoke Nightmare, in which Shelby Miller and her husband Matt tell us their incredible, terrifying story. And since we’re talking about a documentary, it wouldn’t be as good without reenactments.
Shelby is played by Lily Rabe in “real life” and by Sarah Paulson in reenactments. Matt is played by Andre Holland in real life, and by Cuba Gooding Jr. in reenactments.
We find out that Shelby is a yoga instructor married to Matt, a traveling salesman. They are living a happy married life in Los Angeles, but when Matt is the victim of a random act of violence one unfortunate night and Shelby subsequently suffers a miscarriage, the couple decides to move in a more quiet place. As the American Horror Story season 6 premiere goes on, we learn that they end up in North Carolina, where they happen to find an old, disturbingly fascinating farmhouse. They buy it, much to the local farmers’ disdain.
As they start living their new life in the new house, the creepy noises, strange incidents, and apparitions begin. Shelby claims she was attacked one night when Matt wasn’t home, so Matt decides to call his sister Lee (Adina Porter in real life, Angela Bassett in reenactments). Lee is a former cop, a former drunk, and a once-married once-mom. Obviously, Lee doesn’t like Shelby, thinking her sister-in-law is trying to make Matt leave North Carolina. She has to admit something is quite not right though when a group of people enters the house one night when Matt is away. While Matt watches helplessly via the security cameras he installed around the house, Lee and Shelby try to escape.
They hear noises coming from… the basement. Everyone who has ever watched a horror movie knows it is not a good idea to go to the basement, but the characters in the American Horror Story season 6 premiere didn’t get that memo. While down there, Lee and Shelby find a TV on with a home movie playing. In it, we see a man chasing a pig-human hybrid, and we hear him saying: “I finally found you, you son of a bitch!” Lee and Shelby re-emerge upstairs, only to find the house completely full of creepy stick figures.
As the American Horror Story season 6 premiere continues, Shelby decides that she has had enough. She leaves the house just as Matt comes back. While driving as far as possible from the farmhouse, Shelby hits a woman (Kathy Bates) along the way. We are not talking about a normal woman here, but Shelby doesn’t know that. Worried, she tries to stop the woman to ask if she’s all right, but the woman has already disappeared in the deep woods.
Shelby is lost. Strange noises surround her, and the woods seem alive and ready to attack her. She sees more creepy stick figures hanging from the trees, and finally finds herself surrounded by a group of bad-looking torch-wielders and a screaming man with his brain clearly exposed.
And this is it. For now, at least.
I have to say, this is the strangest season premiere of American Horror Story I have seen so far. It was a relief that it introduced only a small group of characters, and it was not rushed. The documentary theme was something I didn’t expect, and I’m sure there’s more to it that we were left to think. I’m very curious to see where we will go from this odd start.
What did you think of the American Horror Story season 6 premiere?