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It wasn’t that long ago that the creators of Amerian Horror Story confirmed that they were working on a seventh season on the cult horror show. Having torn apart and reassembled various tropes of the genre in a parade of glorious Frankenstein’s monsters in the six seasons so far, the seventh season, Roanoke – due to hit screens in spring this year – expects to meet with the same fanfare as it tackles the fabled Lost Colony. Though there are still a few months before the season is aired, the show has already been renewed for two more seasons after it finishes. (more…)


Inspired by the goriest and most terrifying horror stories from history, mythology and fiction, American Horror Story had no trouble cultivating a passionate cult following. Tapping into the population’s lust for morbidity and creepy thrills, season by season, it explores the tropes and terror of the scary stories that have been so often told and retold that they are ingrained in contemporary western culture. Beginning with Murder House, it has covered some of the most chilling tales in the social consciousness, spanning Asylum, Coven, Freak Show and, most recently, the eerie antics of a supernaturally active Hotel. (more…)

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The paradigm shift of content at San Diego Comic Con continues in full force this year, as more and more non-comic-related products and presentations are made.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it provides more fans and creators the opportunity to reach wider audiences than ever before.  Fox is jumping head-on into the fray, bringing a slew of TV shows and panels to the SDCC masses.  (more…)

American Horror Story isn’t a show we’ve talked much about here at Nerd Bastards, but with today being Halloween and the news of the show’s renewal it seems like perfect timing. From the creators of Nip/Tuck and Glee (I know, a weird mix),  Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have completely reinvented the story of family living in a haunted house.

Jon Landgraf, president and GM of FX had this to say about the show’s renewal,

It’s one thing to have the ambition and guts to reinvent a genre in a way that makes it captivatingly fresh for a broad audience — it’s something else entirely to have the craft to back that ambition up. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have hit the trifecta with Nip/Tuck, Glee and American Horror Story which will be scaring FX’s viewers to death for many years to come.

The series is only four episodes in (three of which you can catch on Hulu, with the pilot expiring today) and we’ve already dealt with scary monsters in the basement, a maid who may or may not be a ghost and someone having sex (somewhat unknowingly) with a dude I can only explain as the Rubber Man. It’s clear from the beginning this series is  for adults only.

It’s not just severely twisted, but genuinely frightening, too. And not in the normal, “Oh god, the house is evil and trying to kill us,” way, but more like , “Oh god, people can think up terrible things, then act on them and you can’t do anything about it.” Scary shit. All I mentioned above is only the tip of the freaky-deaky iceberg.

Of course your first thought is, move out of the house. And the family is trying, but in our current housing market it’s easier said than done. So, think twice before you invest all your money into the Murder House, number one attraction on L.A.’s haunted house tour.

You might also be thinking, how long can this show go on? Most movies about haunted houses have everyone die, or the people escape. There’s usually some kind of resolution within two hours. I can’t really speak to the show’s longevity, but the creepy mystery they’ve built in these first few episodes has me completely hooked. You can’t watch and not want to know how they’re going to explain all this insane, evil shit.

Anyone else watching American Horror Story? What do you think about, can it last through the second season they’re now promising?

Source: Geek Tyrant

Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk‘s (Nip/Tuck, Glee) American Horror Story debuts next week (October 5) on FX and you can now get a tease of the first episode via the five minute clip below.

“American Horror Story” revolves around the Harmons, a family of three who moved from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to reconcile past anguish. The cast features Dylan McDermott as Ben Harmon, a psychiatrist; Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon, Ben’s wife; Taissa Farmiga as Violet, the Harmon’s teenage daughter; Jessica Lange in her first-ever regular series TV role as Constance, the Harmon’s neighbor; Evan Peters plays Tate Langdon, one of Ben’s patients; and Denis O’Hare as Larry Harvey. Guest stars for the series include Frances Conroy as the Harmon’s housekeeper; Alexandra Breckenridge as the Harmon’s housekeeper; and Jamie Brewer as Constance’s daughter.

The clip, which is set in 1978, doesn’t show any of the main cast. However, it does offer a good long look at the house at the center of the story. In the scene, two bratty young boys decide to explore the abandoned property — but as they begin to notice animal corpses and human heads pickled in jars, they realize they’re getting more than they bargained for.

I’m always in the mood for scary television and movies in October so I’ll watch. Plus, Monkey See calls it “a sex-filled gorefest,” and that certain plays to my pervy sensibilities.


Where the heck is all this Wizard of Oz talk coming from?  It seems like nowadays everyone is itching to remake the classic, including Robert Zemeckis.  So I guess it makes sense that in the talks about remaking the film there is also talk of an adaption of the musical, Wicked as well.  Somehow I see this working out a lot better than the trying to remake the film.  So whose brainchild is this wonderful idea you may ask?

Apparently Salma Hayek‘s company Ventanarosa Productions is in the works to adapt the novel by Gregory Maguire rather than the musical (more importantly, Salma Hayek has a production company??). Hayek and company plan on working alongside ABC and doing Wicked as an eight part miniseries.

Okay, so you guys still aren’t sold on the idea and think that the Wicked miniseries sounds like a wickedly bad idea than maybe this will change your mind.  In charge of the script is writer Erik Jendreson (Band of BrothersOtis, upcoming film The Big Bang). And even with a writer in place there is no talk of casting yet, although Salma could make an appearance (muy caliente!).

However, MORE importantly is that still in the works with Universal is a film adaptation of Wicked that could potentially be directed by Rob Marshall, James Mangold and Ryan Murphy (Ryan Murphy, Ryan Murphy pleeeeease let it be Ryan Murphy!)  This adaptation however would be based on the musical by producer Marc Platt, writer Winnie Holzman, and songwriter Stephen Schwartz.  So what do you guys think about all this Wicked business??

Source: SlashFilm