Yesterday, our esteemed Pajibalovologist posted a link to the trailer for the Fall debut series “American Horror Story” from Ryan Murphy, he of the plastic surgery soap opera and the nonsensical high school musical. Joanna noted the new show’s apparent swankitude, and that observation, coupled with the below teaser poster, seems to indicate that “Horror Story” will follow the matter-of-fact-in-your-face-sexual-deviancy of Murphy’s “Nip/Tuck” and less so whatever “Glee” is trying to be. Take a gander:
You’ll note that Ms. Robinson’s ladycrush is the first name listed in the cast credits, which is nice. Good to see Jessica Lange up there, and one of the Dermot McDermotts, too. Oh, and there seems to be an engorged sex slave T-1000ing out of a ruby red ceiling to do something untoward to a barely dressed (barely alive?), possibly pregnant redhead, who may or may not be the maid from the trailer, which, if you missed it, I’m going to go ahead and post for you… right now.
The maid looks decidedly less preggers in the trailer than that poor woman in the poster, though. All together, what we’ve seen makes me wonder, even though Murphy himself says the show is inspired by “Dark Shadows,” if the horror in question isn’t going to be emblematic of more real world issues and less about the Universal stable of monsters. I’m totally fine with that, and I’m also totally fine with the idea that the series pilot might actually conclude with eight cliffhangers. As long as the characters are portrayed consistently throughout in the scripts, Murphy can pull whatever crazy shenanigans he can think up in the plots themselves. The more bizarre the better, really. Make FX work for that credibility.
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic book The Unstoppable Force, co-hosts the internet radio show We’re Not Fanboys, and can be tweeted @RobOfWar on the Twitter machine. He thinks it is both horrible and awesome that the, ahem, word “T-1000ing” does not get flagged by spell check.