Mystery, ghosts, murder, a sexy cast, an academy award winning Hollywood legend and serial hit writing producers? Sounds like a recipe for success.
A family that is looking for a fresh start, intriguing neighbours, a haunted house, mystery. These are the main elements of the latest brainchild of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, creators of hit shows like Nip/Tuck and Glee, which is due to hit US TV screens on October 5th.
American Horror Story is described as a “psychosexual thriller”. The plot centres on a therapist and his wife who are trying to rebuild their relationship following the husband’s unfaithfulness. In order to make the most out of their fresh start, they move to a new neighbourhood. The house however, has been a stage for multiple crimes and suspicious death over its lifetime and is haunted by the victims. The house, in a way, seems to know the family’s troubles and plays on them, making for thrilling viewing, full of twists and turns.
The full cast
The central characters, Mr and Mrs Harmon, are played by Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton. The female lead entered out homes in Friday Night Lights, 24 and Spin City, while McDermott made a name for himself in the disaster movie Twister in the late nineties. His rugged good looks and charm resulted in his appearance in People’s "50 Most Beautiful People In The World” twice. In 1999 he also came tied 6th in the GQ Men of the Year, 1999.
Alex Breckenridge and Dylan McDermott
More eye candy factor is provided by the two former owners of the haunted house, Teddy Sears and Zachary Quinto. Alex Breckenridge, who plays the maid as her younger self, will be winning the male audience’s vote. While to top off the cast list, the two time academy award winning actress, Jessica Lange, plays the role of the Harmons’ neighbour, Constance.
As an integral part of the marketing campaign for the show, the creators of the series have also set up a website to intrigue would be viewers and fan of mystery alike. Its called YoureGoingToDieInThere.com.
The site gives the visitor the chance of going “behind closed doors to discover the secrets of the American Horror Story house” where they’ll find “artefacts of murder, lust, perversion and betrayal”. The website is interactive, in the sense that if the visitor chooses to sign up with their email address, they’ll receive by email items necessary to unlock rooms in the house. On entering the house, you’re greeted by ghost children, Jessica Lange and a man on fire who crawls up into the fireplace… spooky! As you move through the rooms of the house you witness elements of its grizzly history; a wedding day murder from the 1940s, a suicide in the 1950s and so on.
The website serves not only as a hook to get would be viewers interested in the series, but also as a social network-like experience that can become quite addictive. If the series is half as haunting and entertaining as the website, American Horror Story is set to become another major success for Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.
Written by: Valentina Zannoni