American Horror Story: Cape Fear
August 26, 2021 8:40 PM - Season 10, Episode 1 - Subscribe

A couple and their young daughter move cross-country to a house that may be haunted, and...hey, hold up. Isn't this where we came in?

Random Notes:

*"Red Tide" is meant to be the first of two multi-episode story arcs this year. I presume the split season was a means of ensuring at least one half of the season would be done on time if covid prompted a shutdown of production (because I also presume the halves were shot at the same time). But it's actually just a good idea. Even the best seasons of AHS are not without filler. Let's not get into the worst seasons.

*You sure can tell this was made during the pandemic. Empty stores, desolate nightclubs, soulless beaches. It's an eerie atmosphere.

*The "Islands in the Stream" scene is really just great. I don't remember feeling quietly delighted by anything on this show before. It was nice.

*I guess they're vampires? Okay. I kinda thought this might be a "Shadow over Innsmouth" thing, but I guess I'll take vampires.

*This feels cinematic, more like "Hotel" or "Roanoke" than any of the more typical, chattier seasons. It's a good vibe.

*I know there's a second episode already available, but it might be a few days before I can see it. If anyone wants to take the baton and run with it, go for it. PS, do you know there's a whole damn spinoff?? I've been busy and haven't seen any of it yet. I guess we should probably talk about that under its own umbrella, though...
posted by kittens for breakfast (3 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I enjoyed it a great deal. It probably helps I'm from NE. The obsession with lyme disease cracked me up because I and pretty much everyone I know has had lyme disease. (The house I grew up in was in the middle of the forest in CT. It was a foregone conclusion.)

"The Islands in the Streams" was wonderful and reminded me of some of the musical numbers like in Asylum and Freakshow. The show seems to consistently do them well.

The hair design for "Belle Noir" is amazing. And Evan Peters styled as a kind of young Barnabas Collins is just delicious as always.
posted by miss-lapin at 7:47 AM on August 27, 2021 [3 favorites]

Macaulay Culkin!
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 3:15 PM on August 28, 2021 [1 favorite]

"Shadow over Innsmouth" thing, but I guess I'll take vampires.

Yeah, there seems to be a sub fully rosa population, the face population, and those in between.

I had to make sure that it was, indeed, Macaulay Culkin. I'm (still) liking all the actors so far. Nice shuffling some of the actors around different archetypes.
posted by porpoise at 7:04 PM on August 28, 2021 [1 favorite]

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