Ryan Murphy insisted on a two part Halloween special of American Horror Story, and he got what he wanted. And let me say, thank all the little ghosts and demons that he did, because this was one heck of an entertaining episode full of thrills and suspense. In “Halloween, Part 1”, the line between the living and the dead blurs creating a mess for the Harmon family, which results in the best episode so far. And the return of the Gimp-man. Finally! Properly and appropriately equipped with the holiday of the dead that is Halloween, the ghosts that make up the disturbed Harmon home pose more of a threat than ever. Not only that, but neighbor, Constance has her own troubles to deal with at the moment.
Starting with the great guest-star performance from Zachary Quinto and Teddy Sears, the episode’s flashback a simple one year back sees the before aforementioned “so-called” murder-suicide. The actions that play out don’t really scream “murder-suicide”, but more “freak-tastic double murder”, although we didn’t see the death of Chad‘s (Zachary Quinto) better half, Patrick (Teddy Sears). The two later return to the present time to help the Harmons make their home more festive for the Halloween holiday…but as ghosts. That’s when things really get creepy, hilarious, and tense all at the same time. It’s great to see the ghostly gay couple argue it out as the truly clueless Harmon parents sit there carving pumpkins. Obviously this realtor lady, whatever her name is, isn’t telling the family all of what she knows.
Quinto and Sears play off each other in a great way and I personally cannot wait to see more of them on screen together or terrorizing the family, trying to get them out. It is always good to see Quinto back on the small screen. And interestingly enough, the back story seems to reflect the Harmon’s infidelity issues and dramatics. It makes us wonder whether this house thrives on making couples within it suffer. But still, ghost Chad and the ghost mother from last week’s episode still seem to be infatuated with the home. Is it because a few good memories still lie within it, or are they so weak in the afterlife that they need to reassure themselves that they still have a home? These are excellent questions.
Clearly this home wants a good collection of babies. How disturbing was it to see what happened to the socialite couple in their darkest days. I still want to see how these two died though, something tells me Tate has something to do with it. But I could be wrong. As for the baby issues, it seems that whenever Vivien has a close call of dismissing Ben or completely leaving the house all together, she gets a severe pain in her stomach. It is a diversion to pull her attention away from leaving, clearly. How exactly does an eight-week old baby kick? It doesn’t, unless you have a demonic, quickly evolving baby in the oven. So demonic that the sonogram made a nurse faint? That is the pinnacle of evil and demonic.
I like Addie. Or maybe, liked Addie. It seems she met her demise early, and some could consider if Constance’s fault. And still part of me thinks Constance had something to do with it, but for now I am convinced (after Jessica Lange’s wonderful mournful performance) that she had no clue. Another thing I found to be intriguing is how Constance tried her best to pull her daughter to the Harmon house before she went over the “the other side”. Apparently, if one dies on the property then they come back as a spirit. It added a touch of anguish and tenseness to the episode to find that out in such an unfortunate way. I’ll miss Addie, she was one of my favorite characters.
Meanwhile, Moira makes a decision to use the holiday of the dead to visit and relieve her mother of her misfortune, freeing her from a morbid slumber, purposely. I’m guessing if a spirit kills and individual, they pass on as a spirit as well? Not sure. But would the ghost of Moira’s mother stay trapped in the real world because of her sins? So many questions! At least we know for sure that Violet and Tate are going steady. Good for them.
Really, this is the best episode so far and definitely one of my favorite Halloween episodes that actually engaged me and even some friends of mine. And do not even get me started on the way the episode ended with the revelation of zombie or ghost Hayden. Get ready to be haunted for your sins, Ben. Oh, and Larry the burn victim wants his money. Maybe Ben’s daughter, Violet will be good collateral for his one-thousand dollars. What a great way to wrap up the very eventful and entertaining installment of part one of the Halloween special. Way to make more issues for the Harmons to sort out. 5 out of 5 stars! Watch for the new, second part of the Halloween episode this Halloween Monday, on FX channel.
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