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

by Jeremy Spirogis
A general view of The Paley Center For Media Celebrates "American Horror Story: The Style Of Scare" exhibit.

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

But what if horror isn’t for you? Have you been sitting out on this present for years as a result of you possibly can’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. Each season is tousled indirectly, and there’s numerous gore to go round. But in case you’d like to observe a season that perhaps isn’t as scary, these are those to go for. 

A general view of The Paley Center For Media Celebrates "American Horror Story: The Style Of Scare" exhibit.
A basic view of The Paley Center For Media Celebrates “American Horror Story: The Style Of Scare” exhibit | Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic


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 numerous 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 best way 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 you would possibly be capable to get by this one. 

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Hotel does have ghosts — the truth is, a lot of the forged are ghosts — nonetheless, they’re simply folks on this context. They all reside throughout the lodge as a result of when you die there, you possibly can’t depart. Lady Gaga performs the Countess, a vampire-like creature who makes numerous 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 reasonably nice ending. Or as nice as it might get in American Horror Story

‘Coven’ (type of)

So Coven is a little bit of a toss-up. It delves into witchcraft and voodoo and has some really ugly scenes. But 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 deal with the characters. It’s truly one of many solely seasons the place every character looks like their very own individual with their very own storyline. Sure, it’s an ensemble, however they’re fairly individualized throughout the forged. The robust New Orleans affect makes it one of the distinct seasons as nicely. It can get chilling, so if you’re actually towards horror, perhaps avoid this one. 

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And in case you can make it by Coven, then Apocalypse is unquestionably for you. Along with Hotel, that is in all probability probably the most pleasurable, non-horror season. It offers with the top of the world, after all, and real-life horrors that include nuclear fallout. Again, ugly, nevertheless it’s actually intriguing to see the non-linear timeline play out. And numerous the primary characters from Coven come again, which is why you must watch it in case you made it by Coven

These are the worst, in case you hate horror

Alright, so these seasons are literal nightmares for individuals who can’t stand horror. Basically the remainder of the 9 that haven’t been talked about, however particularly, let’s begin with Murder House. This is the primary and it holds numerous 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. But the story is absolutely good, so it’s as much as you. 

Next, 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 ugly, bone-chilling, and excellent for horror lovers. Others? Not a lot. But not less than it gave us the “Name Game” scene, which everybody can take pleasure in.

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Then you will have Roanoke which might be probably the most fundamental kind of horror. It’s not so good as Murder House, story-wise, nevertheless it has ghosts, legendary components, and can make you bounce out of your pores and skin. It’s additionally very bloody. Same with Freak Show. It depends on a ugly and terrifying clown for the primary few episodes, and the remainder 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 those who don’t like scary motion pictures, avoid this ode to traditional horror.

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