I’ve never been a big fan of horror movies. I’ve shied away from that genre for as long as I could remember. I hated the fear that would reside in me long after I watched a particularly haunting movie or tv show; even the 1958 movie Vertigo terrified me. And that’s saying something.
Now I’m in college, and my newfound friends have greatly contributed to my desensitization of the horror genre. I can’t lie and say that I don’t get scared anymore (I couldn’t sleep for a week after seeing The Conjuring this summer). But their forceful nature and unwillingness to let me miss out on trips to the theater to see the latest horror flick paid off. I don’t get nearly as scared as I used to when I was younger.
My appreciation for the horror genre has led to my discovery of the FX network’s television show American Horror Story. My cousin first introduced me to the show when the initial season was airing, and I’ve been hooked ever since. My roommate and I watched season two religiously last fall, and we are counting down the days until the third season premieres on October 9th.
Ryan Murphy, the producer of the show, is bringing back characters that have been regulars on past seasons. Jessica Lange will be back, and my love for her as an actress has increased with each season. I never knew just how talented she really is until I tuned into this show.
The upcoming American Horror Story: Coven is also including esteemed actresses Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett in its cast, and I can’t wait to see their characters develop as the season progresses. Bates plays the character Madame LaLaurie, a real-life female serial killer from Louisiana. Bassett plays Marie Laveau, another real-life woman who was an 1800s Voodoo practitioner in New Orleans. Both characters are loosely based on their real-life counterparts. Watch the newly-released teaser below.
If Mardi Gras doesn’t give you a good enough reason to visit New Orleans, American Horror Story: Coven may excite you enough to take a trip down south. We’ll just have to wait and see what Ryan Murphy brings to the table. You know that adrenaline rush that comes with the horror genre? You may now be able to find that in the heart of Louisiana.