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TV REVIEW: American Horror Story (1×01 “Pilot”)

RATING: 7 out of 10

What can definitively be said about this show is that it has atmosphere. This show knows exactly what it wants to be, and save for a few slight mis-steps (mainly overuse of jump-cuts; I still don’t forgive Jean-Luc Godard for that) it knows how to get it. It is easy to imagine people getting turned off by the show’s pure repulsiveness– it’s saturated in fleeting images of deformed, dismembered, ghoulish people– but I enjoyed it despite the fact that horror is my least favorite genre, which I think is a testament to the show’s engaging story and style.

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