After weeks of suffering through its frustratingly (and purposefully) ambiguous marketing and advertising campaign, American Horror Story finally revealed its Season 6 theme for the duration of Wednesday night’s premiere — and to be honest, My Roanoke Nightmare (if that’s even the official title) is the FX anthology’s most ambitious installment however. This season, AHS is tackling the documentary format, and it really is subject is the Lost Colony of Roanoke.
The premiere episode (“Chapter A single”) played out like an hour of Nightmare Next Door on ID Discovery, full with dramatic reenactments and a excellent, old-fashioned haunting. Framed as getting portion of an apparent documentary named My Roanoke Nightmare, the very first episode reenacted the unsettling story of a true-life couple, Shelby and Matt (played by Lily Rabe and Andre Holland), who move into a dilapidated farmhouse in the middle of nowhere and are promptly haunted by Roanoke settlers or terrorized by a group of racist townsfolk or… something.
Pieced with each other by interviews with Rabe and Holland and dramatizations starring “actors” played by Sarah Paulson (as Rabe) and Cuba Gooding Jr. (as Holland) in the reenactment, My Roanoke Nightmare plays like a true crime story that is heavy on drama, light on actual scares. But the occasional, unexplained occasion does occur — like teeth raining from the sky and an assemblage of hanging corn-husk puppets straight out of The Blair Witch Project.
Even though it really is nonetheless unclear regardless of whether the sixth season of American Horror Story will reenact various accurate crime stories with totally new casts all through the season, or stick to the identical narrative, provided the documentary format, it really is honestly only a matter of time just before Billie Dean Howard makes an look.
We’ve had dozens of teasers and creepy posters to maintain us guessing, and however, most of these had been all artfully crafted lies. There’s nevertheless not a complete lot out there about the season, but here’s what we do know: My Roanoke Nightmare is far less opulent than its predecessors. It really is rogue. It’s dark. It’s genuinely spooky! This is AHS going back to fundamentals it’s Scary Motion pictures 101, all cleverly placed music cues, camera tricks, and screams.
That being stated, we still have so many concerns. Murphy said that “components of young children” will somehow be involved in the sixth season — but young children have been absent from the season premiere. (Count on, of course, for the child Shelby and Matt lost after a traumatic miscarriage.) “If you appear at horror tropes, the innocence of young children, that sort of wide-eyed entryway into some planet is constantly quite dramatic and satisfying,” he told reporters back in March. OK. But where are the little ones?
Appears like it is time to place on our tinfoil hats and begin theorizing.