American Horror Story — The Murder House
Now I realize I’m about 9 years behind the rest of you, but this is one of those series that gets recommended to me a lot every so often and I’m one of those people that if you push me too hard to do something… well I’ll start avoiding it on purpose.
So we’re nearly done season 2 already, but straight up, love how they make each season a different story. It’s a very similar style to The Haunting series, and now I am well aware that they are in fact produced by the same guy. And boy is he onto something. There’s nothing anyone loves better than getting invested into a series, but there are some series that I would love to have seen end after one season. Like 13 Reasons Why, Riverdale, Orange is the New Black, and Jane the Virgin. I’m often shouted down for saying stuff like that, but you have to admit, having a season 2 of 13 Reasons Why ruined the poetic beautifulness of the first one, and Riverdale just went off the damn walls after season 1.
Changing the stories from season to season means your viewers never get bored, but maintaining the same cast the whole way through, that’s another thumbs up from me. It’s a bit of fun gasping and smacking your own leg as you call out the name of the Characters as they appear on screen in the next series, and for the smaller ones, try to remember who they were from the previous series, and how different their character is now from the last time you saw them. Can not commend this style enough.
The Murder House is the charming tale of house built back in 1922, and how anyone who has lived in that house seems to have died or been murdered there. We follow a family of three as they move in and realize the place is not only haunted by some weird demon thing the basement but it’s also riddled with ghosts of owners past. Throw in some moody teenager getting it on with a homicidal ghost teenager and a cheating husband with a crazy mistress and you’re actually in for a pretty decent series. Some of the flashing back and forth from present day to the previous owners can get a bit confusing, but they do explain it all pretty well in the end. There’s plenty of twists that you don’t really see coming, I especially liked the one with the teenage daughter only about half way through the series. (Trust me, you’ll know it when you see it.)
In a way, what’s going on in this particular series is very similar as to what happened in The Haunting of Bly Manor, and while I love that theme, I do hope they step away from it for the rest of the series as I would be nervous that they would do the concept to death.
The only major problem I had with The Murder House was that the last episode could have done with being about 20 minutes shorter. I feel once Vivian died it would have been a solid time to end the film. Yes, it was great to see how the Harmon family scare another family away so that they won’t be killed by ghosts, and I guess you could argue you could even have ended it there. But they then go on to give you a ‘happy family decorating a Christmas tree’ montage which I felt was a little unnecessary. Maybe it was just so that you could see they did live happily ever after, but even still. I think it would have hung much better if they had ended it on sort of a cliff hanger and you could decide on a happy ending for them if you wanted.