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American Horror Story: Season Three (Coven)

Review by CJ

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Director:
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Michael Rymer, Michael Uppendahl, Jeremy Podeswa, Bradley Buecker, Howard Deutch

Writer:
Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear, James Wong, Jennifer Salt, Jessica Sharzer, Douglas Petrie

Starring:
Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Jamie Brewer, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Denis O’Hare, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy

Other notable appearances:
Stevie Nicks, Mare Winningham, Alexandra Breckenridge, Danny Huston, Grace Gummer, Patti LuPone, Lance Reddick

Running time:
40-51 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
13

 

Witches in a New Orleans coven must defend themselves from destruction by forces both internal and external.

AHS: Coven has thus far been my favourite foray into the American Horror Story anthology series. The third season brings viewers a wide variety of delightful, wicked and delightfully wicked characters.

Jessica Lange is outstanding in her role as Fiona Goode. To use the modern vernacular: Queen slays. Figuratively and literally.

Emma Roberts is fun to watch in her role as the spoilt, wicked and likely psychopathic Madison Montgomery.

I must admit that AHS: Coven seemed a lot less bizarre than previous seasons have. I’m not sure if it is actually because it isn’t as weird and twisted or if I’m just becoming accustomed to its odd ways.

Don’t let the last paragraph fool you though, the story of AHS: Coven is still filled with horrors such as torture and rascism. There are twists and turns with betrayals and alliances running rampant. As with the first and second seasons of American Horror Story, AHS: Coven has one main storyline with a few others that branch out but ultimately rejoin the main.

AHS: Coven, while still retaining a gothic feel in some parts, has a more modern feel to it. With supernatural horror themes such as witchcraft and real horrors such as racism, torture, dismemberment and many more, AHS: Coven is definitely not for the weak of heart or stomach. I do highly recommend AHS: Coven for fans of the preceding seasons, fans of macabre horror and those who enjoy supernatural TV shows like American Gothic and, well, Supernatural.

Rating:
5 Stars

“Madison Montgomery is a stone cold bitch who loves hard drinking, big dicks and trouble. If she’s dead, it’s probably because she got wasted and offered the Grim Reaper a hand job or something.”

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