American Horror Stories Season 3 Gives Me the Heebie-Jeebies

I am a major fan of the American Horror Story franchise, so when I heard that American Horror Stories was releasing a third season, I was super stoked. Note the plural; each episode is a new story that is different from American Horror Story, which is the main series (yeah… it also confuses me sometimes).

Well, my excitement was fun while it lasted. The third season consists of four episodes that all aired on Hulu on October 26. In order, the titles of the episodes are “Bestie,” “Daphne,” “Tapeworm,” and “Organ.”

The episodes weren’t awful, but I also didn’t love them. The first two seasons of American Horror Stories had such great plots and famous actors for every episode, which definitely didn’t help when the bar for season three was set so high.

Unless I live under a rock and don’t know any of the actors from each episode, I don’t think there were many big features. The only exception is Gwyneth Paltrow (she/her) in “Daphne,” but we only hear her as the voice of the titular character.

The plots of every episode were interesting. I would say each episode covered topics that are very real, almost too real, to the point where I would absolutely recommend that people research the episodes before watching to be aware of any triggers (which I won’t go into, but I just want to put it out there).

Objectively, the episodes did what they always do; they make viewers feel uneasy. I don’t think that any part of the American Horror Story franchise is supposed to make people feel comfortable, so I guess they did their job there.

I’d also like to note the intro credits, because I am always super eager to see how they put those together. The cinematography, while typically uncomfortable and gruesome, is usually very well done. My favorite one in terms of aesthetic was “Tapeworm,” however, they were all generally good too.

Overall, I definitely recommend you watch it if you are a fan of the franchise, but don’t expect to get your socks knocked off. Even though I’m not reviewing the regular season, I would probably give a similar review for AHS: Delicate.

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