“American Horror Stories” is the latest series from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s award-winning hit anthology series American Horror Story. The series is a little different in that each weekly episode features a different horror story, though the first story is spread over two episodes.
Rubber (Wo)man tells the story of a 16-year-old high student and her two dads, who move into a house with a dark past, in the hope of converting the house into a haunted bed and breakfast. When Scarlett discovers a rubber suit in the cupboard, when she puts it on, she unleashes a dark power that slowly releases her dark and twisted side.
From here, the rubber suit slowly causes her to start murdering those around her, as Scarlett struggles to contain her feelings, especially when a girl from school invites her over for a slumber party. Setting off a whole chain of events, which completely takes the second episode in a completely different direction, where everyone who dies inside the house, stays there forever.
The show doesn’t hold back too much, showing plenty of violence and sexual content, enough to show you what’s going on, without going too far. I think they get the balance about right. With plenty of jump horror moments that make you leap out of your chair and twists that make you go “oooooh”. Which happened on many occasions.
This is actually the first time I’ve watched an episode of “American Horror”, so I wasn’t aware of the connections this episode had with the rubber man suit that had been previously worn by Evan Peter’s Tate Langodn in Season One. My wife told me while we were watching it that it has appeared in the series before, but in reality, it didn’t make any difference to me watching these two episodes. It felt like I was just watching a horror movie, because the story was pretty self-contained.
My wife has watched every episode of “American Horror Story” and was instantly excited to watch these two episodes with me. As a long time fan of the show, she really enjoyed both episodes and said that the story draws you in and captivates you. This is going to be a series we will be watching together and as my wife called it, “it’s a proper TV show”. We both joked about how this isn’t the type of show you first think of with Disney+ and ultimately, this is what the expansion of Star is supposed to do.
This is going to be a show I’m going to continue to be watching week to week. It’s also great to have a show on Disney+ that I can watch with my wife every week. It’s dark, it’s twisted, but it does have something special that draws you in. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I was going to (I’m not a huge lover of horror, though I seem to have managed to binged his way through 10 seasons of “The Walking Dead” this summer on Disney+).
“American Horror Stories” is an interesting idea, with the different stories every episode, it’s much more easier to jump in and out of. If you don’t like this episode, the next will be different. For me, jumping into a well-established franchise, it’s probably not the ideal way of doing it, but honestly, I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything. Yes, I didn’t have the whole back story about the rubber suit, but it didn’t matter, because the storytelling got the point across. I enjoyed these first two episodes and will be coming back for more, which is always a good sign when you discover something new.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
“American Horror Stories” is coming to Disney+ as a Star Original in many countries around the world. In Canada, the first episode will be released on Wednesday 25th August, while in the UK and Ireland, the series will debut on Wednesday 8th September. With new episodes dropping every Wednesday.