American Horror Story kicked off its sixth season with its most ambitious theme yet. Framed as a true crime documentary called My Roanoke Nightmare — complete with dramatic reenactments starring Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr. — this season already feels fresh and unexpected.
My Roanoke Nightmare: An American Horror Story tells the story of a couple who move to Roanoke Island, North Carolina for a fresh start following the loss of their unborn child. However, things start to get all kinds of freaky when they move into an old farmhouse — like, “teeth falling from the sky”-freaky. The real-life couple of Shelby and Matt are played by Asylum star Lily Rabe and Andre Holland, while Paulson and Gooding Jr. star as their reenactors.
At the end of the premiere hour, Shelby stumbles through the Roanoke woods, where she comes face to face with what appear to be the lost settlers of Roanoke. (Of course one of them is played by Kathy Bates. No one serves historical gravitas better than Bates.) FX dropped the teaser for next week’s episode, “Chapter Two,” and it gives us an even closer look into this season’s batshit crazy shenanigans.
We know Matt is doing a participation on this season, but due all the secrecy we have no idea who he’ll play, and for how long. But with this premiere, the season gets my attention now.