Legitimated: American Horror Story, The Moviegoer, and New Orleans

So I’ve been watching American Horror Story since its first season. (Like I said in the zombie post, I like to be scared.) I loved the first season and all of its ghosts; I loved parts of the second season and struggled through others (I’m not really into sci-fi horror, so the aliens weren’t my cuppa.)

But this third season, despite the fact that I haven’t found it terribly scary, might be my favorite season. Perhaps some of that is because I now live in New Orleans. I have always lived near New Orleans, and I’ve always been fascinated by its architecture, its eclectic population, and its history. And there’s something authentic about how many times New Orleans has appeared in books and on film. It feels validating. Walker Percy uses that feeling of authentication-through-film as a central theme of The Moviegoer. Binx, our main character, ruminates:

“Nowadays when a person lives somewhere, in a neighborhood, the place is not certified for him. More than likely he will live there sadly and the emptiness which is inside him will expand until it evacuates the entire neighborhood. But if he sees a movie which shows his very neighborhood, it becomes possible for him to live, for a time at least, as a person who is Somewhere and not Anywhere.”

In other words, we feel legitimated when we see our own neighborhoods (or places with which we are intimately familiar) on a big screen. I get the same rush from hearing about history that happened in the place I’m standing or when I read a book that has settings I’m familiar with, but on a much smaller scale. When it’s there to be seen, it’s even more real-despite that what I’m watching isn’t “real.”

And now, back to AHS. I’m loving this season. I like seeing and hearing legends based on things that happened here. I like the mommy issues they’ve got going on this season. I like Kathy Bates, Angela Basset, and Jessica Lange. I like that this is a female-centric cast. I like the creepy opening, which is what I’ll leave you with. And I want someone to please tell me -what is the creature at 00:21?

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  1. I LOVE this show, but I honestly cannot watch the title sequence. They did a really good job in making it…unsettling. The sound effects along with the images make me feel like I can’t breathe or I’m anxious. I have to fast forward or mute…lol. And, I have no idea what that creature is…I’m glad I’ve never seen one.

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