AHS is an anthology series that explores fictionalized haunted locations and the interactions between the living and the dead. Each season is a self-contained story with its unique characters, introducing a new setting and storyline. The anthology comprises 11 seasons, and the 12th was just released in October 2023. In this blog, we will review the previous seasons of this fantastic series.
1.) Murder House – Season 1
Season one of the American horror story features Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon, a widow trying to rebuild her family after giving birth to twins. Dylan McDermott plays Dr. Ben Harmon, a psychiatrist whose lover, Hayden McClaine, hanged him. Taissa Farmiga plays Violet Harmon, a daughter who was killed by overdose. Evan Peters portrays troubled teen Tate Langdon, while Dennis O’Hare portrays Larry Harvey, a burn victim and aspiring actor seeking retribution due to terminal brain cancer. Jessica Langdon plays Constance Langdon, a nosy neighbor who is more familiar with the property.
2.) Asylum – Season 2
Season 2 started in 1964. interracial couple Kit Walker and Alma face prejudice and are imprisoned at Briarcliff Asylum after being falsely accused of killing their wife. Bloody Face, a serial killer, is played by Dylan McDermott and Zachary Quinto. Monsignor Timothy Howard and Sister Jude are played by Joseph Fiennes and Jessica Lange, respectively. They were in charge of James Cromwell’s covert assistant for Dr. Arthur Arden, who carried out Nazi cruelty during World War II. Sarah Paulson plays journalist Lana Winters, who investigates Kit’s guilt. Quinto’s character, Oliver Thredson, uncovers the true evil through trickery, cooperation, and survival.
3.) Coven – Season 3
Season 3 of the American horror story follows Zoe, Madison, and Fiona, who face a mysterious genetic affliction linked to Salem’s dark past. Tensions rise between Salem witches and Marie Laveau, drawing attention to the Council of Witchcraft. Cordelia, played by Sarah Paulson, takes charge in the battle against her mother, uncovering her attacker’s identity. A deadly showdown ensues between Fiona and Laveau. Madison is murdered by Evan Peters, and Cordelia sacrifices to protect the Coven. Fiona’s reign ends, and the girls reveal new gifts, while Queenie’s quest takes her to Hell.
4.) Freak Show – Season 4
The Freak Show faces danger due to a city-wide curfew, with Ethel revisiting her past and Dandy adopting a darker persona. The twins, Bette and Dot, pose a threat to Elsa’s position. The Freaks skip a Halloween performance due to superstition. Edward Mordrake and the Twisted Clown pose dangers, while Maggie and Stanley plan a murderous scheme. Desiree’s health raises questions. Tensions rise as Elsa reveals a dangerous act. Dell’s violence incites the Freaks to rebel. Elsa raises suspicions, and Danny kidnaps the twins, but Jimmy, Desiree, and the twins unite to stop him, resulting in his drowning.
5.) Hotel – Season 5
Season five of American Horror Story takes place in the sinister Hotel Cortez, where the mysterious vampire Countess Elizabeth and her companion Donovan perform gruesome acts. Detective Lowe finds his son Holden living as one of Elizabeth’s vampire kids due to a murder investigation. The season takes a surprising turn, fusing the creepiness of a haunted hotel with a distinctive vampire twist, making it stand out in the genre. Connections to earlier seasons provide depth to the plot, and Countess Elizabeth emerges as the main antagonist.
6.) Roanoke – Season 6
Roanoke is a fake paranormal documentary that blends in-depth interviews with dramatic role-playing, following a married couple who move to a new home and experience strange events. Inspired by the 16th-century disappearance of the Roanoke colony, the series fuses reality and horror with elements from The Blair Witch Project and ghost-hunting T.V. shows. The second half of the season, set in contemporary times, heightens the fear with numerous jump scares. Despite the weak plot, Roanoke excels at delivering grotesque and nightmare moments, making it a truly frightful installment.
7.) Cult – Season 7
Season 7 of American Horror Story begins with Ally’s phobias returning after the 2016 election, leading to paranoia and unsettling events. Kai prepares a graphic cult murder broadcast while Beverly, Ivy, and Harrison face challenges. Unexpectedly, information about the cult is revealed, and a new contender challenges Kai’s City Council. Kai gains online attention, and the cult’s female members find inspiration in a mysterious outsider. Ally becomes a formidable political figure, vying for the U.S. Senate after being released from a mental hospital.
8.) Apocalypse – Season 8
Season 8 of American Horror Story begins with a nuclear attack, leaving only a few survivors in Outpost Three. Michael Langdon prepares a meeting with guests while Ms. Venable and Ms. Mead plan a sinister Halloween. Michael’s history and time at Hawthorne Boy’s School are revealed, and Cordelia must act quickly to stop him. Madison and Behold discover a secret about the next Supreme. Cordelia enlists Coco to bring justice to the Coven and stop Michael. Michael becomes desperate when his warlock allies are killed, seeking help from unlikely allies. A tragic event at the Academy sends Cordelia and Mallory into hiding, and the witches prepare for a final battle.
In 1984, five friends escaped Los Angeles to work as counselors at Camp Redwood. They learn that the past haunts them, and the series manages to tie grounded stories to its fantastical horror. The show features Emma Roberts as Brooke Thompson, Billie Lourd as Montana Duke, Leslie Grossman as Margaret Booth, Cody Fern as Xavier Plympton, Matthew Morrison as Trevor Kirchner, Gus Kenworthy as Chet Clancy, John Carroll Lynch as Benjamin Richter, and Zach Villa as Richard Ramirez, a Satanist Night Stalker. This show loosely based Richard Ramirez on a real killer of the same name, who wrecked terror in L.A. in the 1980s. The show takes place in 1984, with Ramirez not active until 1985 and being nicknamed “The Night Stalker” in real life.
10.) Double Feature
The season is divided into two parts; one is Red Tide follows a writer, his wife, and daughter as they move to an isolated beach town. They encounter unexpected residents, including a visitor and Alma. The town’s dark history is revealed, and Harry struggles to control Alma. Meanwhile, a sinister plan is devised, and college students are involved in a deadly conspiracy. The president faces moral dilemmas, and the fate of the future is revealed.
The second part is”Death Valley,” a film that follows a group of college students on a camping trip caught up in a deadly conspiracy. The story follows President Eisenhower’s deal with a secret alien force, affecting Presidents Kennedy and Nixon. The film’s compressed runtime and broad characterization make it enjoyable.
American Horror Story season 11 takes viewers back to the 1980s in New York City, where gay men are being murdered. The main characters, Patrick Read and Gino Barelli are detectives kidnapped by Big Daddy, representing the virus infecting people in NYC. The season ends with a two-part finale that is both emotional and scary, featuring upsetting and moving scenes. In “Requiem 1981/1987 Part One,” Sam experiences hallucinations and learns that Theo, a doctor-like figure, will pass away. In “Requiem 1981/1987 Part Two,” Adam learns Hannah has died after getting the virus and that if someone is infected and sleeps with someone, they will pass it along. Gino survives until 1991, and viewers see a montage of Big Daddy spreading the virus to gay men.
American Horror Story’s twelfth season, Delicate, is based on Danielle Valentine’s book Delicate Condition. The series stars Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Denis O’Hare, and Leslie Grossman, with newcomers Matt Czuchry, Kim Kardashian, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Cara Delevingne, Julie White, and Maaz Ali. The show, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk for F.X., is produced by 20th Television. The season follows Anna Victoria Alcott, who fears something may be targeting her and her pursuit of motherhood after multiple failed IVF attempts.