‘American Horror Story’: Being haunted by more than ghosts

Did you hear that? From left: Dylan McDermott, Taissa Farmiga and Connie Britton 
star in “American Horror Story,” premiering tonight at 10 on FX.

“American Horror Story” involves a kleptomaniac neighbor, murder-suicide and sex with a ghost in a full-body latex suit. And that’s just the first hour.

The latest from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk — yes, the team behind “Glee” — finds the duo in a much more “Nip/Tuck” state of mind. Murphy calls his new FX drama a “psychosexual thriller.”

It’s scary alright, with an intense focus on sexual frustration and fragile relationships: The motivation for the Harmons (Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton) to move their teen daughter (Taissa Farmiga) across the country and into a (haunted!) house is a fresh start after dad’s affair and mom’s miscarriage.
“The show talks about all kinds of American horror stories that we are being bombarded with on a day-to-day basis,” Murphy says. “The main thing when we were writing the script, it was never really about horror, although that certainly was in the water. It really was about a marriage and infidelity.”

But don’t worry — there are plenty of old-school scares in the pilot, which opens with a gorgeously creepy homage to horror classics like “The Shining.”

“When we were coming up with this, I’m like, ‘Remember how good “Dark Shadows” was, how gothic?” Murphy says of the cult soap opera featuring vampires and other supernatural ghoulies. “It had all these interwoven stories about sex and marriage and obsession. And I felt that there sort of wasn’t that on the air right now.”

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