Rating the American Horror Story Seasons From Terrifying to Unbearable

Forward of the season 10 premiere of American Horror Story on Aug. 25, see the place all of the previous seasons rank.

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It has been nearly a decade of American Horror Story, and we’re nonetheless having a killer time.

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As we head into the horror anthology’s 10th season tonight, Aug. 25, we discover ourselves trying again in any respect the terrifying TV moments the sequence has given us. Between killer clowns and deadly rubber males, American Horror Story has by no means been afraid to push the envelope.

Nevertheless, with that form of risk-taking come some inevitable missteps. Sure, Lady Gaga‘s vampiric performance as the Countess in American Horror Story: Lodge was legendary, however we might’ve finished with out the prone-to-rape dependancy demon from that very same season.

Season two, titled American Horror Story: Asylum, boasted brilliant characters, together with Jessica Lange because the no-nonsense nun, Sister Jude. Nevertheless, we will not say we completely adopted the alien plot or the supposed reemergence of Anne Frank.

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In the meantime, regardless of its sluggish begin, AHS: Apocalypse was surprisingly pleasant and paid homage to previous seasons. Sadly, it felt like a last season for the sequence, making the seasons following it really feel, er, irrelevant. Sorry, AHS: 1984, it isn’t your fault. 

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As for the place we stand? You should definitely try our rating of all of the seasons of American Horror Story beneath!

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9. Freak Present

American Horror Story nearly misplaced us as viewers after season 4. Why? The plot was truly unbearable—particularly one scene involving Evan Peters‘ character pleasuring ladies with lobster fingers. Even Jessica Lange could not save this season, and he or she actually tried to with that “Life on Mars” cowl.

8. Roanoke

Season six, titled American Horror Story: Roanoke, began out robust, promising a Southern gothic model of Homicide Home. Nevertheless, the season then took a meta flip by taking the Roanoke documentary members and placing them within the horror story themselves.

It wasn’t essentially dangerous, per se, we simply did not get invested within the characters the way in which we had in earlier seasons.

7. Cult

We will not say we cherished this political season of American Horror Story. Sure, Peters shined taking part in a number of roles for the sequence, however we struggled to get on board with season seven because it appeared to hit too near residence for these nonetheless processing the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

The homicidal clowns have been undoubtedly scary although.

6. 1984

We love when American Horror Story pays tribute to traditional horror movies, and, in season 9, the sequence took inspiration from the slasher camp vibes of Friday the thirteenth. American Horror Story: 1984 leaned into the campiness (no pun supposed) of ’80s horror motion pictures by introducing real-life serial killer characters, ghosts and loads of blood.

Sure, it was ridiculous, but it surely was wickedly enjoyable. Our solely grievance? It was a bit of floor stage.

5. Apocalypse

We had minimal hope for American Horror Story: Apocalypse, solely to be pleasantly shocked because the season went on. Apocalypse kicked off with a bunch being locked in a bunker amid the tip of instances. Earlier than lengthy, our favorites from Coven have been reintroduced, Homicide Home was again and Cody Fern emerged because the deliciously evil villain, Michael.

If we might scrap the primary couple of episodes and dive into the thick of it, we’d. The season had quite a bit happening—an excessive amount of, one may say—however this was a season clearly made for the followers.

4. Lodge

Woman Gaga was the second in American Horror Story: Lodge. The pop star nabbed herself a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the bloodthirsty Countess. The supporting characters additionally actually stood out in Lodge, with Kathy BatesDenis O’HareEvan Peters and extra all giving charming performances. 

The one draw back? Wes Bentley‘s killer detective function. 

3. Asylum

The plot of American Horror Story: Asylum could’ve been a bit of everywhere—this is you aliens and maybe Anne Frank—however the horror moments have been actually terrifying. We’ll by no means be capable to unsee a maimed Chloë Sevigny crawling by the halls.

Asylum additionally gave us epic performances by Sarah Paulson and Jessica Lange, who performed journalist Lana Winters and Sister Jude Martin, respectively.

2. Coven

Placing Coven at No. 2 could also be a controversial selection, however now we have no regrets. Jessica Lange is well at her fiercest whereas taking part in coven supreme Fiona Goode, and the remainder of the ensemble solid is fairly stellar too. Working example: Seeing Sarah Paulson’s Cordelia Foxx go from mousy instructor to pushed chief was every thing.

Was season three the scariest season of AHS? No. But, it has been one of the crucial influential, from long-lasting memes to reoccurring Halloween costumes to inspiring the eighth season of the sequence.

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1. Homicide Home

The season that began all of it! It is protected to say that Homicide Home ranks No. 1 on everybody’s listing, because it’s the right mix of horror, household drama and intrigue. When the Harmons (Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton and Taissa Farmiga) moved into the Homicide Home, we had no thought we might be taken on such an unimaginable experience.

And its legacy has lived on, with Homicide Home and its residents popping up in a number of seasons of AHS and its spinoff, American Horror Tales.

American Horror Story: Double Function premieres tonight, Aug. 25 at 10 p.m. on FX.

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