'AHS: Double Feature' Premiere Recap: An eerie tale of addiction, vampires and pills
The premiere of 'AHS: Double Feature' is really creepy and this is what fans expect from the Ryan Murphy show
‘American Horror Story’ is back to haunt everyone with its tenth season and fans are really excited to see their favorite actors back on screen once again. Titled ‘Double Feature’, the season would be divided into two parts and tell two different stories. The first part of the tenth season, ‘Red Tide’, just got done with its premiere and we can tell you that the show has finally returned to its glory.
The two-hour premiere event saw fans getting introduced to the main characters of the series. Harry Gardner (Finn Wittrock) and his pregnant wife, Doris (Lily Rabe), and their young daughter Alma (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) making the drive to Cape Cod. A dangerous accident is averted when Harry saves a deer from getting mauled by his car. However, we see that the deer’s throat has already been ripped out. As soon as they reach their new home, they realize that there is something wrong with this town.
Harry meets Karen (Sarah Paulson) on a market run and is warned that he should leave this town before things get really dangerous for him and his family. Elsewhere, Doris and Alma see a weird-looking pale man with twitchy movement. As soon as he starts walking toward them, they reach inside the house. Things start getting really weird the family starts seeing them regularly and Harry discovers two mutilated corpses at the beach.
He meets Austin (Evan Peters), a Tony and Peabody Award-winning writer, and Sarah Cunningham (Frances Conroy), a famed romance novelist who writes under the pen name Belle Noir. They have a conversation and leave to their respective places. Later, it is found that Belle is also one of the pale ones with long teeth and is thirsty for blood.
Harry was having writers’ block and he told Austin about it. Austin calls him and says he has a way to cure his writers’ block. They both meet and Austin gives him a small bag of black pills that will help him concentrate. Harry refuses them, but Austin slips them in his pockets anyway. The first episode ended with Harry getting a call from his agent that his career will be over if he did not finish the screenplay on time. The call prompts him to take the pills and only God knew what will be the consequences.
The second episode gives us an idea of what those pills can do and who are these pale-looking creatures. But how do those pills end up with Austin? Is there something diabolical happening in the town? The answer is YES!!! I mean, duh.
The pill starts showing effects on him as he experiences snippets of manuscripts and parties. Once those visions pass, he looks at the computer and starts working. But his wife is concerned after seeing him like this. He starts writing and reveals to his family that he can see everything clearly. A few moments later Alma tells her mother that she saw Harry taking some pills and wonders if those made him act so weird. Meanwhile, Harry comes to meet Doris and reveals that he finished the entire screenplay in few hours. Doris is shocked to learn that and asks how did he do that?
The conversation turns into an argument as Alma tells him that she saw him taking the pills. Harry is angry and shouts at his daughter, but quickly apologizes as well. He loses his appetite and gets into another argument with his wife, who accuses him of lying to her. After seeing some changes in his behavior and the urge to drink blood, he confronts Austin about the pills and he tells him about a mysterious character called The Chemist, who has made those pills with crystal meth recipes. But they only work on people who are talented. So, all the pale people in the town are those who took the pill but never got the benefits of them because they were not talented.
The pill depletes four materials and only “drinking human blood” can help them. After having his first feed, he gets to know all about the dirty details of his new life. However, these things come at a cost. When Alma is not able to finish one of her violin songs, she finds the pill and takes it. Her mother tells her to take a break Alma snaps and calls herself just “average.” Upon discovering that Alma went out alone on a walk, Doris goes after her and discovers Alma at the graveyard hunched over an animal, eating it.
It seems the pill has created a literal monster out of Alma and it will be interesting to see how Harry would react when he’ll find about the truth. As of now, the premiere was as creepy as it can get and the show has finally returned to its full glory. Just hope that this continues as the season moves forward.
‘AHS: Double Feature’ returns to FX with a new episode every Wednesday from next week at 10 pm EST.