American Horror Stories Season 1 Review – A horrifyingly bad anthology

Season 1

Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 2 -| Review Score – 1.5/5
Episode 3 -| Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 4 -| Review Score – 2/5
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7 -| Review Score – 1/5


We’ve all had a bad day at the office. Most of us brush it off and look forward to brighter days ahead. Very few look at that bad day and decide to turn those lackluster scripts into a TV series.

Well, American Horror Stories is the manifestation of many bad days. The scripts are bad, the acting is bad and the horror completely non existent. There’s been some bad shows released over the past year, and to be fair a certain viral outbreak has made things difficult. But good grief does this have a number of issues hard to look past.

Created by Ryan Murphy, and serving as a spin-off to American Horror Story, American Horror Stories is a 7 episode anthology series, with a mix of progressive social ideas and straight-forward tales hanging on big twists.

There’s nothing wrong with that of course but with poor characterization and some very questionable character motives, American Horror Stories has one mediocre episode, which ultimately struggles to stay afloat in the wake of such poor plotting.

I won’t go into details over each story but the beginning and the end of the show tie together with the infamous Murder House.

The first episode depicts a girl called Ruby, who dons a rubber suit and starts killing. Showing no remorse, she finds solace in murder before falling in love with one of the female ghosts.

From here, the show plays with ideas of influencers, violent video games and more with no clear consistent thread tying any of these together.

There’s a desperate desire to try and shoehorn this into the American Horror Story franchise but in doing so it actually does more harm than good. It tarnishes some of the reputation of American Horror Story, especially given how lazy some of the aspects are here.

There’s absolutely nothing scary about this, the humour rarely lands and the social themes are so poorly handled and slopped onto these half-baked episodes, projected through unlikable characters.

American Horror Stories definitely had potential. Unfortunately that’s squandered by lazily slapped together half-baked scripts. This one is best left avoiding altogether.

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  • Verdict - 2/10

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