The Best Seasons of ‘American Horror Story’ for People Who Hate Horror


Ryan Murphy has created many nice, long-lasting sequence, from Glee to Pose to American Horror Story. That final one redefined the horror tv style, which actually didn’t exist in the identical method because it does now due to Murphy’s creation. It’s nominated each single season for Emmys and Golden Globes, and has starred a few of at present’s greatest actors. 

However what if horror isn’t for you? Have you ever been sitting out on this present for years as a result of you may’t even consider stomaching the chills and frights? You’re undoubtedly not alone, and the present itself doesn’t depend on bounce scares and typical horror tropes 100 p.c of the time. Every season is tousled in a roundabout way, and there’s a number of gore to go round. However in the event you’d like to look at a season that possibly isn’t as scary, these are those to go for. 

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Cult performs on extra psychological terrors than common horror. It’s very a lot aligned with private fears in a post-2016 election world. This season — the seventh one — performs on a number of real-life evils like racism, bigotry, and homophobia. It, after all, takes it to an excessive, nevertheless it reveals how somebody’s anxiousness and phobias can twist the way in which they see the world. As said above, there’s homicide and gore, however so far as horror and bounce scares, it doesn’t have as a lot. So that you would possibly be capable to get by way of this one. 


Lodge does have ghosts — in truth, a lot of the solid are ghosts — nevertheless, they’re simply individuals on this context. All of them stay inside the lodge as a result of when you die there, you may’t depart. Girl Gaga performs the Countess, a vampire-like creature who makes a number of kills within the constructing, so the ghost inhabitants is bigger than the residing. There are some bounce scares, like with the mattress demon, nevertheless it’s actually extra story-driven. Plus, it has a pretty pleasant ending. Or as nice as it may well get in American Horror Story

‘Coven’ (kind of)

So Coven is a little bit of a toss-up. It delves into witchcraft and voodoo and has some actually grotesque scenes. However when it comes to ghosts and typical horror tropes, it’s lean on these. There aren’t a ton of bounce scenes, and it actually does give attention to the characters. It’s really one of many solely seasons the place every character seems like their very own particular person with their very own storyline. Positive, it’s an ensemble, however they’re fairly individualized inside the solid. The sturdy New Orleans affect makes it one of the distinct seasons as effectively. It will possibly get chilling, so in case you are actually towards horror, possibly steer clear of this one. 


And if you can also make it by way of Coven, then Apocalypse is certainly for you. Together with Lodge, that is in all probability essentially the most satisfying, non-horror season. It offers with the top of the world, after all, and real-life horrors that include nuclear fallout. Once more, grotesque, nevertheless it’s actually intriguing to see the non-linear timeline play out. And a number of the primary characters from Coven come again, which is why you must watch it in the event you made it by way of Coven

These are the worst, in the event you hate horror

Alright, so these seasons are literal nightmares for many who can’t stand horror. Principally the remainder of the 9 that haven’t been talked about, however particularly, let’s begin with Homicide Home. That is the primary and it holds a number of love for followers of the present. It’s additionally your typical horror story. It takes place in a haunted home, with ghosts galore, and bounce scares to final you for days. However the story is basically good, so it’s as much as you. 

Subsequent, there’s Asylum, which is likely to be the scariest season. It takes place in a psychological establishment and the theme of faith and aliens permeates the season. It’s grotesque, bone-chilling, and ideal for horror lovers. Others? Not a lot. However at the least it gave us the “Identify Recreation” scene, which everybody can get pleasure from.

Then you might have Roanoke which might be essentially the most primary kind of horror. It’s inferior to Homicide Home, story-wise, nevertheless it has ghosts, legendary components, and can make you bounce out of your pores and skin. It’s additionally very bloody. Identical with Freak Present. It depends on a grotesque and terrifying clown for the primary few episodes, and the remaining is simply… bizarre. It’s not for the faint of coronary heart.

Lastly, there’s 1984 which is actually a slasher flick elongated right into a full season. There are mysteries and twists, nevertheless it additionally follows the tropes and story of a typical slasher movie. For people who don’t like scary films, steer clear of this ode to traditional horror.