Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

There's Some Humor in This Season's 'Horror Story'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

There's Some Humor in This Season's 'Horror Story'

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"American Horror Story" goes to camp this year, and no one will get a peaceful night's sleep - not just because of all the screams, but because of a good bit of laughter as well.

The third edition of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's delicious miniseries, premiering today on FX, has some familiar elements for fans of the first two "AHS" installments - Jessica Lange, for one, as well as other cast returnees Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Jamie Brewer, Denis O'Hare and Taissa Farmiga in new roles.

But it also has something new - campy humor. Not that there wasn't a kind of black humor running through the previous seasons, but "American Horror Story: Coven" ramps the silliness up an enjoyable notch with a story set in a New Orleans school for young witches.

Oscar-winner Kathy Bates gets things off to a bloody good start in the premiere, playing Delphine LaLaurie, a 19th century matriarch known for her singularly brutal treatment of slaves.

She punishes one of her slaves for sleeping with her wayward daughter by chaining him up in her attic and outfitting him with a severed bull's head. As a child, she always loved hearing stories about classical mythology, especially the one about the minotaur.

"And now ah have mah very own," she hisses.

Here's a make-up tip modern ladies might want to avoid: Burdened by a flabby face? Try brushing your skin with fresh blood to tighten up those unsightly wrinkles.

Well, fiddle-dee-dee, the blood isn't fresh. No wonder it doesn't seem to be doing much good. "Just look at that wattle," she says, flapping the sac of skin beneath her chin.

Skip ahead to modern times and young Zoe Benson (Ms. Farmiga) is discovering she's different than other girls her age.

That hemorrhaging boyfriend in her bed must have been a dead give-away, so to speak. …

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