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“American Horror Story”: Perfect show to get October off to a scary start

Melissa Hayer Modified: April 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm •  Published: September 30, 2011


Although children are usually the ones who most celebrate Halloween, adults enjoy a good scare sometimes as well.

If you’re one of those adults, FX has the show for you this October.

“American Horror Story” stars Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”) and Dylan McDermott (“The Practice”) as Vivien and Ben Harmon, a married couple, who, along with their teenage daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga), move to Los Angeles from Boston to make a new start as a family after undergoing some difficulties.

The house they move into has a dark past of its own, and there’s an eerie neighbor, Constance, played by movie star Jessica Lange in her first-ever regular series television role.

Constance has a daughter with Down syndrome, Adelaide (Jamie Brewer), who has a habit of showing up uninvited in the Harmon’s home.

Ben is a psychiatrist who works at home while trying to reconcile past issues with Vivien, and Violet struggles to adjust to her new school at the start of the series.

Brought to you by the people behind “Glee” and “Nip/Tuck,” executive producers/writers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, along with executive producer Dante Di Loreto (“Glee”), this show provides chills, thrills and abundant creepiness.

Co-creator Murphy directed the pilot episode in which the tone is set right from the beginning that this is not a show for the faint of heart.

McDermott and Britton are solid as the troubled husband and wife, and Lange is fascinating to watch as their sinister neighbor.

Evan Peters (“Invasion”) is also worth mentioning for giving a suitably disturbing performance as one of Ben’s patients, Tate Langdon.

Tune in for the premiere of “American Horror Story” at 9 p.m. Oct. 5 on FX – if you dare.


– Melissa Hayer