Spoiler-Free Review of “American Horror Stories” Game Over on FX on Hulu: Made for the Fans

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“I just want to feel the energy of the house…”

American Horror Stories released its seventh episode, “Game Over” on August 19th 2021. The season finale is available to watch on FX on Hulu. Episode seven stars Dylan McDermott, Sierra McCormick, Kaia Gerber, Mercedes Mason, Paris Jackson and Tom Lenk. The episode runs for approximately 54 minutes.

A couple prepares to spend the night in the infamous Murder House, accepting an escape the house challenge, but they quickly learn that the horror is all too real.

American Horror Stories: Game Over returns to Murder House once again as we witness the conclusion of the first season of the spin-off anthology series. Does it do enough to keep us coming back for more? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Epic guest stars.

I’m always excited when Dylan McDermott shows up on AHS. He is from the first season and it only makes sense for someone to bump into him eventually at Murder House. It was really fun seeing a lot of familiar faces in this episode, giving us a sense of nostalgia.

Made for the fans.

I thought that this episode felt like a tribute to the fans in a lot of ways. The couple goes into the Murder House because they are American Horror fanatics. I thought this was a clever way to bring something new to the table while also giving us a chance to celebrate the anthology series we have come to know and love over the years.

The Cons:

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Somewhat predictable ending…

I thought the initial reveal was a lot of fun, but as the episode continued I guessed exactly what was going to happen. The reveal was almost too obvious for me even though it was still a lot of fun. I also thought that this episode felt watered down in a lot of ways. We spent three episodes of the spin-off series devoted to Murder House and I guess I wanted something with a little more edge, but it was certainly a different take on things.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

The episode was a lot of fun and it gave me a Stay Alive vibe, which was entertaining. I didn’t think this episode was particularly scary in any way, but it allowed us to continue the story from earlier this season while introducing new elements to change things up.

I’m excited that American Horror Stories has been confirmed for a second season. While some episodes were stronger than others, this was an entertaining watch for me and I’m even more excited to watch American Horror Story: Double Feature now, which premieres on August 25th 2021!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on American Horror Stories in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “American Horror Stories” Feral on FX on Hulu: Deeply Disturbing…

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“You excited to go camping?”

American Horror Stories released its sixth episode, “Feral” on August 12th 2021. The episode is available to watch on FX on Hulu. Episode six stars Cody Fern, Aaron Tveit, Tiffany Dupont, and Blake Shields. The episode runs for approximately 40 minutes.

A young couple and their son decide to go camping in a national state park to find some much needed relaxation, but they soon discover that something terrifying is lurking in the woods.

American Horror Stories: Feral reminds us why it’s never a good idea to go camping in a horror movie as we discover something beyond disturbing, even though it was somewhat predictable. Is it worth a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Creepy setting and premise.

Sure, horror entries involving the woods have been overdone, but there is something so genuinely sinister and creepy about them. I thought that the camera effects in the beginning of the film really worked and the opening scene was genuinely scary.

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Cody Fern is a lot of fun!

Cody Fern plays an Australian park ranger with a quirky sense of humor that just lights up the screen. The movie follows the formula of your average B horror film, but Cody makes it entertaining for the viewer and gives us something to be excited about!

That ending…

There will be no spoilers in this review but that ending was beyond disturbing. It chilled me to my core and gave me something else to be afraid of. Well done, AHS!

The Cons:

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Camping by the numbers.

The majority of the episode followed a camping by the numbers formula. A couple goes into the woods, something creepy happens, and then we deal with the aftermath before investigating it further. While the performances were solid, there was something very predictable and uninspiring going on for the majority of the episode.

However, I thought that once Cody Fern showed up, things changed and then we were thrown several AHS curve balls along the way to grab our attention again.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

The episode wavered back and forth with its pacing, but once it took off, I was hooked until the end, which may give me nightmares for the rest of my life…

Another solid entry for American Horror Stories!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on American Horror Stories in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

**If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support!

Spoiler-Free Review of “American Horror Stories” BA’AL on FX on Hulu: All Hail Billie Lourd!

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“I guess a little magic couldn’t hurt…”

American Horror Stories released its fifth episode, “BA’AL” on August 5th 2021. The episode is available to watch on FX on Hulu. Episode five stars Billie Lourd, Ronen Rubinstein, Virginia Gardner and Vanessa Williams. The episode runs for approximately 50 minutes.

After Liv and her husband try multiple times to get pregnant to no avail, a young woman at a fertility clinic presents Liv with a magical fertility totem. One year later, Liv has a newborn baby, but things start to go horribly wrong when she suspects that a demon may be after her child.

Here is the trailer:

American Horror Stories: BA’AL channels classics like Rosemary’s Baby while taking things to a new extreme. Is it worth a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Billie Lourd is magnetic on screen!

The cast is really great in this episode, but I have to give it up for our AHS queen, Billie Lourd. She is so convincing in her roles and she really went all out in this entry. The premise was creepy enough, but her believable reactions really had me on the edge of my seat.

Twists you won’t see coming.

I thought I knew what I was going to get from this episode and then it shattered all of that completely and presented us with something even more horrifying. I am still going through everything in my head because it was that good.

More please!

The Cons:

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I don’t have any…

I’ve enjoyed all of the entries to American Horror Stories, but this episode was the strongest by far. It created a different kind of fear and really kept me guessing. I guess my only con is that I want to see Billie Lourd in more AHS episodes because she really is fantastic!

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!

This episode may be the one of the best I have ever witnessed from the entire franchise. It basically could have been a standalone movie. The cast was great, the creepy fear weaving its way through the plot was fantastic, and I still can’t get over those twists! I highly recommend this one!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on American Horror Stories in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

**If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support!

Spoiler-Free Review of “American Horror Stories” The Naughty List on FX on Hulu: Anya from Buffy warned us…

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“People want to see what they’ve never seen before…”

American Horror Stories released its fourth episode, “The Naughty List” on July 29th 2021. The episode is available to watch on FX on Hulu. Episode four stars Kevin McHale, Nico Greetham, Dyllon Burnside, Charles Melton and Danny Trejo. The episode runs for approximately 40 minutes.

What is “The Bro House?” Well, it apparently means “no excuses, no limits,” but it’s really about a few social influencers who all live together in an extravagant mansion. They are basically an obnoxious group of frat boys who never grew up as they strive to hit five million followers by pulling pranks, but things drastically change when they upload a controversial video.

Here is the trailer:

American Horror Stories: The Naughty List attempts to make a bold statement with this entry. Danny Trejo is cast as the bad Santa who will make you scream and shout, but does this overdone premise deliver? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Creepy Santa legend comes to life.

As a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, I was more than thrilled to hear about the legend behind “The Wild Man,” or the real Santa Claus. There was an episode of Buffy where Anya sat at the Christmas dinner table and told Dawn all about the real Santa Claus and it seemed to fit this description almost perfectly.

Never doubt our girl Anya!

Well, Danny Trejo is the modern version of “The Wild Man,” as he poses as Santa Claus and is determined to punish the naughty in extreme and horrifying ways.

Sounds promising…

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Danny Trejo is worth the wait.

You do have to sit through quite a bit of nonsense, but Danny Trejo is absolutely worth the wait. He is the best part of this episode and a villain worth cheering for. I’m still not sure how he pulled it all off, but I was entertained enough to forget about the details.

The Cons:

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A plot I’ve seen before…

Horror’s take on social media influencers is popping up quite a lot these days. Hulu’s Into the Dark presented us with “New Year, New You” and I recently watched Shook on Shudder which also took a stab at this. 

In a lot of ways, I think this entry attempted to channel Scream Queens, but with guys. Except the humor and sarcasm didn’t deliver for me and I was left watching a group of obnoxious guys take up too much screen time. While I get that was part of the set-up for what came later, it just hurt my head and not even Riverdale’s Charles Melton could make it better.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

Danny Trejo was bloody fantastic and once we got into the second half of the episode, it improved a lot. However, there was a lot to endure before that and the plot felt stale and overdone. I think the idea was there, but the execution could have been a lot better with some of the fluff in between. Either way, I was entertained at the end.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on American Horror Stories in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

**If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support!

Spoiler-Free Review of “American Horror Stories” Drive In on FX on Hulu: Let’s All Go to the Movies!

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“Fear is the ticket…”

American Horror Stories released its third episode, “Drive In” on July 22nd 2021. The episode is available to watch on FX on Hulu. Episode three stars Rhenzy Feliz, Madison Bailey, Naomi Grossman, Adrienne Barbeau, and John Carroll Lynch.

A young couple decide to head to a present day showing of a brutal horror film called “Rabbit Rabbit,” that was the site of a bloody massacre back in 1986. After several warning signs are presented, things go horribly wrong…

Here is the trailer:

American Horror Stories: Drive In brings us back to the movies, as we witness horror off and on the screen. However, does the episode pack enough of a punch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Drive In Nostalgia.

Drive In theaters don’t really get enough attention, but they have been making a comeback. Thinking back to films like Grease, it always seemed like the Drive In was the place to be and I immediately felt like I was being reeled into this story even more because of this clever setting.

Gory and brutal!

Wow, this film did not hold back. There was a lot of gore in this entry and there were a few scenes that had my stomach turning. You’ll know when you see it…trust me.

The episode did a great job of presenting us with horror on and off the screen as it showed us what would happen if a horror movie came to life right before our eyes. I was completely horrified by what was happening and I thought the two main stars did a good job of holding our attention.

And those guest stars were fantastic!

The Cons:

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I wanted more!

I was honestly really intrigued by the original massacre in 1986 and wanted to see more about this. Since these episodes are anthology style, we only get a certain amount of time to devote to each one, but AHS does a great job of circling back to potential stories so hopefully we will see more in the future. I really enjoyed this episode, but it felt a little bit too short and I wanted to witness more of the story.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

This episode was gory, brutal, and a lot of fun. It seamlessly balanced Drive In movie nostalgia with skin-crawling horror. So far I have been really pleased with all three episodes and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on American Horror Stories in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

**If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support!

Spoiler-Free Review of “American Horror Stories” Rubber Wo(man) on FX on Hulu: Home, Sadistic Home

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“Ghosts aren’t real and curses aren’t real…”

American Horror Stories premiered on FX on Hulu on July 15th 2021 with the first two episodes: “Rubber Wo(m)an” parts 1 and 2. The remaining five episodes will air weekly, leading up to the premiere of American Horror Story: Double Feature (season 10). Each episode of the spin-off anthology series runs for approximately 45-48 minutes. The first two episodes star Matt Bomer, Sierra McCormick, Gavin Creel, Paris Jackson and Kaia Gerber.

The series will present us with different stories each week connecting to the original AHS universe. The first two episodes bring us back to the beginning. A new family moves into Murder House so they can flip the house and learn that they may be in over their heads.

Here is the trailer:

American Horror Stories has the opportunity to bring us back to welcomed settings with familiar faces, but is the anthology spin-off worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Back to the beginning…

I am a big fan of American Horror Story and I love that we encounter a new setting, story, and group of characters (with familiar faces) in each season. However, some seasons are much stronger than others and often I used to wonder about what would happen next at these infamous places of horror.

Well, American Horror Stories has managed to cure my curiosity by bringing us right back to the beginning with Murder House. American Horror Story: Apocalypse managed to sprinkle in a lot from the other seasons and this is basically a snapshot version of that, as we branch off into a new story with a new set of characters in a very familiar setting.

The “Amityville Horror on Crystal Meth” is back and so is the infamous rubber suit. Scarlett moves into the house with her two dads, who are determined to fix up the house and flip it.

I absolutely loved this return to the beginning. We get to see Murder House through a new set of eyes with a new darkness emerging through its walls.

Familiar faces.

Many AHS alum have signed on for the anthology series and I was excited to see Matt Bomer star in this one. I think this helps us remember that even though this is a spin-off, it’s still a part of the AHS universe ultimately and that wouldn’t feel the same if we didn’t see some familiar cast members along the way for our journey.

I’m excited to see who else is coming back! *No spoilers here.*

A plot that draws you in.

I actually really adored the plot right from the beginning. Even though there were familiar concepts, it felt new and fresh. Scarlett was great and I loved the love story emerging in the walls, giving me some Violet and Tate nostalgia.

The Cons:

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Goes off the deep end a little…

In true AHS fashion, the plot does go a little bit bonkers when we get into the second episode. I thought that the first episode was stronger than the second, but things did get a little bit silly toward the end. That being said, that’s part of AHS’s campy horror charm and as a fan of the series, I have come to expect that.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

As a fan of the series, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this spin-off. I didn’t really know what to expect at first, but I absolutely loved it. It was really fun seeing the Easter eggs and nostalgia weaved into the plot while still managing to do something unique and different with the new story.

AHS always brings us a great balance of twisted horror and humor. It somehow just works even though it may seem slightly ridiculous at times. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my watch of the first two episodes and I’m really excited to see the stories continue!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on American Horror Stories in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

**If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support!