With the tenth season of ‘American Horror Story’ creating a buzz, writer Ryan Murphy is set to surprise viewers!
The horror genre is timeless, and Hollywood has never ceased to impress viewers with it. However, when it comes to TV shows and series, there’s always been one name that comes to mind – ‘American Horror Story’. Very few shows have been able to do what this anthology series hason FX has done so far – keep the audience glued for more than one season. And, that’s why the news of a spinoff is even more exciting!
- Ryan Murphy and team set to change the show’s format
- Season 10 introduces a new story and a new actor
- What can AHS lovers expect from this spinoff?
‘American Horror Story’ – terrifying but satisfying
For a narrative that has every chance to become mundane and repetitive, AHS has always managed to isolate seasons from each other in terms of storyline, legends, and character development. And that’s probably got to do with the stellar cast of AHS, and its writer Ryan Murphy.
The 16-time Emmy award-winning show, often called “AHS” by its cult following (no pun intended), has seen many interesting developments in the past few months.
Apart from announcing that it will have a minimum of 3 more seasons in the future, it just concluded season 9 titled ”1984” which gave people camping ground nightmares in true Ryan Murphy fashion.
Ryan Murphy changes the narrative and more!
However, speaking of Ryan Murphy, the edgy American writer was working on his own little plot twist with the existing crew of AHS – a brand new spinoff! Murphy has been speaking of “changing the format” of the horror show to give its loyal fan following a breath of fresh air. And so, over a Zoom call, Murphy and team came up with “American Horror Stories”.
See the Instagram announcement here!
How different will this be from the existing format? Well, for starters, there won’t be a continuation of the story from one episode to the other, since the spinoff is all about “contained episodes” which are 60 minutes long. Each episode brings a new demon, a new supernatural element, and, of course, a lot of new creeps and scares.
With a weekly analogy series, that will see one new story every week, AHS’ biggest narrative will experience a complete shift – from cliffhanger endings and comfortably stretched screenplays to story-book like chapters that begin and end in an hour. And is this a welcome change? It sure is!
Why this new format is a welcome change?
For a series like AHS, the biggest drawback come from the fact that audiences might be watching the same actors, but always in a different skin. Whether it’s the series favourite Evan Peters donning different hats (and hairstyles), or the inevitable Sarah Paulson with her spectrum of facial expressions. And then, there’s Jessica Lange, whose characters may have been different, but her aura was always the same.
With a new story to look forward to each week, viewers will be able to witness Ryan Murphy’s true art of storytelling in a much shorter time frame. One can only speculate if all the characters from the original series will be seen doing what they do best in ‘American Horror Stories’ as well, but the bottom line is this – the evergreen characters are definitely staying on board.
Whether it is “Murder House” or “1984”, the 9 seasons so far have touched on a plethora of topics – from deranged teenage witches to an eerie asylum. Season 10, whose trailer was released recently, is also set to add a whole new face to its cast – Macaulay Culkin or, as the 90s kids know him, the ‘Home Alone’ guy. A cryptic social media post from Ryan hinted at a “weather-dependent” season, with Kathy Bates, Billie Lourd, and Angelica Ross being some of the returning names.
Click here to watch the season 10 teaser.
The future of the AHS universe
AHS has always stepped out of the usual narratives of Frankenstein and Bigfoot to bring stories that are far more spine-chilling. Will we get to see all the actors at least once throughout the series? Or will Paulson and Peters continue to run the show? What new horrors and legends will unfold? For now, we can rest assured of one thing – this is a welcome change that fans are looking forward to.
While the pandemic might have turned 2020 into a prolonged horror series that we can’t wait to leave behind, 2021 seems to be a far more promising year for the AHS universe. And whether its monsters under the bed or demons in the closet, perhaps this rebirth is exactly what we needed.