The end of the world, but with witches, cannibalism and witty one-liners
It’s been billed as a Coven and Murder House cross-over – which means that American Horror Story (AHS) Season 8 promises to deliver the thrill fans love, despite the fact that the popular cult-classic plays out in somewhat familiar territory.
The story may be unfolding at the end of the world, but woven expertly into this post-apocalyptic plot are witches, cannibalism and witty one-liners. If you’re not that into the whole horror genre, watch it for the beautiful costumes, crazy hair, and amazing set design.
Steering clear of the social commentary that plagued and weighed down Cult, Season 8 of AHS blows everything to hell instead. Well, just about.
Episode 1 starts off with billionaire heiress Coco St Pierre Vanderbilt (Leslie Grossman) getting the “influencer” haircut to match her wanna-be Instagram influencer status.
An alert sent to everyone’s phones warns of ballistic missiles inbound for Los Angeles. The entitled Coco is sent racing to Santa Monica to board a plan that’ll take her to a bunker. Coco agrees to take her assistant Mallory (Billie Lourd), her hairdresser Mr Gallant (Evan Peters), and Gallant’s Nana Evie (the glorious Joan Collins) in her family’s place when it becomes clear that they won’t make it.
While cruising a couple thousand miles up heading for the fallout-bunker, it’s discovered that their plane is pilotless mere moments before missiles land, nuking LA and its hapless inhabitants.
What follows is nothing short of classic AHS plot twist and story melds. The opening episodes exploring the lives of a post-apocalyptic band of boring deplorable survivors does start to feel a little dull, quippy one-liners regarding cannibalism aside (“The stew is Stu”).
Just as you’re lulled into a sense of predictability and assurance that you’ve figured out the plot, most of the characters are poisoned, the antichrist arrives, and Miriam (played by the wondrous Kathy Bates) is an android.
A bit of a convoluted and bonkers plot combining witches, androids, the antichrist, and the apocalypse is something that only AHS can pull off.
Flashback, retail hell, the Hotel Cortez, and an appearance by the formidable Jessica Lange feels like the showrunners are holding back no punches in a best-of, getting the band back together for one last hurrah.
Season 8 of American Horror story is showrunner Ryan Murphy’s last season at the helm and what a way to say goodbye to a pop culture classic.
While it may feel a bit over-the-top, even for AHS at times, I was hooked, and just like Nana tucking into Stu’s stew, I was determined to finish every drop.
Season 8 of American Horror Story is streaming on DStv Now.