Black Dahlia And American Horror Stories

December 2, 2011 by staff 

Black Dahlia And American Horror Stories, Ghost stories are not usually stories about ghosts. They’re stories with ghosts, stories around ghosts, stories in which ghosts figure. There might be an interesting backstory to the ghosts, but the story itself, generally, is about the living people being haunted–what happens to them, how they deal with the threat, what they learn from their encounter with the other world.

American Horror Story was, as its creators described it, intended to be that kind of ghost story, one that used a haunted mansion in L.A. to comment Ben and Vivien Harmon’s marriage. Instead, it’s turned into a story in which the ghosts are much more interesting–not to mention more numerous–than the living.

With last night’s “Spooky Little Girl,” AHS added even more characters to its ghostly ensemble, with Mena Suvari’s Black Dahlia and Constance’s young gentleman caller. And the whole notion of saddened, angry, frustrated shades going stir crazy in that house together, forming alliances and rivalries–ghost politics!–as they try to get what was denied them in life is actually a pretty compelling turn on the usual setup.

When I saw the series’ loud, febrile pilot, I thought AHS’ would have the same issues as Ryan Murphy’s past shows Nip/Tuck and Glee–careening from one crazy plot development to the next. But AHS, for all its gimp-suit nuttiness and ghost sex, has been a pretty straightforward story with simple rules: people die in the house, they get trapped, they pursue what they wanted in life.

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