Sunday, October 30, 2011

Day 30: American Horror Story - A Brilliant, Rising Star

I know, I know, Day 30 is super-late.  It's 4pm, and I have been throwing a few random ideas around to write about, but I think I'll just focus briefly on a new show I've started watching - American Horror Story, airing on Wednesday nights on FX. 

For me to add yet another series into my sadly-excessive television-watching life is pretty bold, as even between seasons of some shows, the addiction that is reality-tv programming  rears its ugly head, sucking me in until I barely have time to scarf down dinner or use the bathroom or write a blog post or something...

So, my newest obsession is, in a word, amazing.  Scares the crap out of me.  Even just the opening credits alone, disjointed, jarring, creepy as all get-out, send shivers down my spine.  And yes, I'll admit it, I watch it through the spaces between my fingers as they're spread across my face, or in bed with the covers pulled up to my chin, hands at the ready to bring them up above my eyes.  Makes me feel like I'm 8 or 9 years old, sneakily staying up late on a Friday night to watch the horror series that aired on ABC in the late 70s (ooh, those were soooo good!  Anyone else remember them?).

One of the highlights of this fright-fest, besides the absolute joy of being scared, is a truly talented actress, one who keeps you riveted to the screen, both for her colorful character and for her creepiness.  Oh yeah, and she sports an extra chromosome. 

Jamie Brewer plays Addie, daughter of Jessica Lange's character.  American Horror Story appears to be her only film/tv credit, but I think we'll likely see more of her.  And I won't give anything away, but while it looks like she might not be back after last Wednesday night's episode, once again, I think it won't be the last we'll see of her here, either... 

When the series premiered, 4 weeks ago, the Down syndrome community on Facebook and other forums was buzzing about how poorly her character was treated by the others.  Really?  And the most disappointing thing about what people were saying was that most of the ones saying it hadn't even watched it, and were already vilifying it.  Addie's mother was of an era where a slightly less-PC term was used for people with Down syndrome.  And that doesn't make her any less of a loving mother.  Actually, she loves her so fiercely, she stifles her a bit to protect her and keep her the little girl she thinks she should be.  However, Addie is a very capable young woman who holds her own, even to the point where she's known to steal her mother's boyfriends.  In one episode Dylan McDermott calls her a "freak," but Connie Britton quickly steps in to berate him, saying, "Don't call her that!"  But in all honesty, her character certainly is pretty darn freaky

If you've missed any of the episodes, FX is airing the series so-far in a marathon this Monday night (Halloween, of course!) starting at 10pm.  If that's past your bedtime, get your DVR ready!

Below is a video showing a red-carpet interview with Jamie Brewer at the Premiere.  She is definitely a rising star!


Jamie Brewer Interview at "American Horror... by maximotv

10 comments:

Kathy said...

wow. will be setting the dvr to check it out. thanks!

evrfwd said...

I'm glad to hear what you had to say. I was wondering how you felt about it...or even if you watched the show. I just saw the first episode via website last week and had mixed feeling about it. I know that her mother's character is from a different era but I've questioned if they had to go that far. I haven't watched the other episodes yet so don't know what's developed. But I am very glad to see a person with Down Syndrome on tv. I loved that the younger version of her was the first scene in the show.

Tracy McCain said...

Thanks for the update. I was really wondering how that was all playing out. I have seen the negativity on facebook too, but I'm afraid to watch it myself. I don't do well with scary stuff, I get too scared and can't sleep for days! After embarrassing myself by crying hysterically in front in new husband's friends, during a scary movie, back in my early 20's I swore them off forever lol!

Andi @ BringingtheSunshine.com said...

I remember the scary late night show from the late 70s! Can't remember the name of it, though. :(

I don't do well with scary, but I'll set my DVR and do my best for this show!

Heidi Ehle said...

I already told you, I absolutely love this show. Even trying to figure out how I can stay up late enough to watch the episode I missed tomorrow. lol I think the one I missed isn't going to be on until like 1 am Tuesday morning. Suck, suck, triple suck!

Lacey said...

Ohh, I'll have to check it out. I love me a good scary show, but also with my face covered, and with all the lights on when I go to bed!

Team Lando said...

I am WAY to scared to watch this show, but I am glad that you shared about the actress!

Anna Theurer said...

I enjoy hearing your perspective on the show. I tried watching it because of the big upheaval in the Ds community and I couldn't get past the first episode. It is not my kind of show and I didn't really like Jessica Lange's treatment of her daughter in the first 15 minutes of the pilot. Just my opinion :) Still, I love hearing your thoughts and thanks for sharing!

doozee said...

I find your thing for tv so very endearing! I have to make calendar entries for shows I want to watch bc I just forget the thing has more on it than kids shows. I was raised in Fiji without tv, there you go. Anyway, I'll never watch the show (I wager) by virtue of my general forgetfulness but also bc I'm a total complete wuss when it comes to anything remotely scary so I'm glad you'll keep us all in the know on what's what with it!

Alicia said...

here is going to air for the first time next week i think, i would love to see this young lady and see what everyone is talking about :)

althouhgt im not a horror fan anymore, im sure i wont be able to sleep