Critic Consensus: A noteworthy ensemble cast combined with creepy storytelling and campy, outrageous thrills make American Horror Story: Coven a potently structured fright-fest.
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If Coven can stay away from scary moments that carry a too-strong whiff of real human suffering and instead serve the chills with enjoyable snark, we'll fall under its spell.
Whatever else happens in the new season, Bates and Lange will be chewing scenery together.
It's always hard to tell how any series will go, especially one as reliably twisty and turny as American Horror Story, but in its first hour at least, Coven offers a clear entertaining setup for a potentially strong season.
Hey, I was won over (for at least a week) when, in the midst of a mother-daughter argument, Fiona tells Cordelia, "Don't make me drop a house on you."
Audience Reviews for American Horror Story: Coven
Again, AHS has plenty of amazing weirdness early on that never fully comes to fruition. Second half will turn into cheesy territory later on that I just can't stand. Those opening credits looks awesome though! If the show was actually more like it, oh boy...
Intriguing notions woefully underexplored given the nearly 13 hour runtime. Still worth watching for the impeccable performances of Lange and Bates.
Outrageously stylish and sometimes almost as camp as Desperate Housewives, Coven ranges from bittersweet Buffy-hijinks to references to the unforgiving and candy-coloured nightares of Dario Argento, never stopping for a breath in-between. Coven really can't decide what it wants to be and is somewhat muddles in the middle with one too many characters and sub-plots, however it is considerably a very good entry.
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