Life imitates grisly reality TV in one of television's edgiest and most acclaimed shows ever! Told in gripping true-crime documentary style, "My Roanoke Nightmare" - this season's show within the show - chronicles shocking paranormal events. Hoping to begin a peaceful new life in a rustic North Carolina farmhouse, Shelby and Matt Miller (Emmy winner Sarah Paulson' and Oscar Winner Cuba Gooding Jr.) flee Los Angeles, only to find murder, mayhem and madness! From a girl ghost to a swine monster to murderous nurse sisters to a sadistic cult leader known as "The Butcher" (Oscar Winner Kathy Bates), the couple's home is filled with nonstop terrors.
The worst season so far
- American Horror Story: Series 6 review by LC
Ultimately, this is another 'haunted house' story - something the first series already did to better effect - only this time with a sprinkling of cannibal hillbillies. Conceptually, there are some interesting aspects here, with the series riffing on reality TV, and people affected by real-life tragedies interacting with the actors who portrayed them in 'dramatic reconstructions'. Sadly things fall to pieces during the second half of the series when things go into 'found footage' territory - characters start illogically filming everything and each other on their phones - even whilst in mortal peril, and we get endless scenes of people running around the the same two locations screaming 'oh my God!', with some of the worst English accents you'll ever hear. Previous seasons of 'American Horror Story' have been wildly inconsistent in terms of quality, but they've usually had enough crazy performances and over-the-top moments to at least be fun - this series seems to try to play things straighter, but the 'reality' footage never looks anything but fake, so it just doesn't connect, and ends up a pretty dreary bore.