What would horror be without the occasional surprise now and then? I'm changing things up a little today by discussing a TV show rather than a film, but then this TV show is at least as good as most horror movies, and quite a bit better than the majority.
Season 1: Murder House - 2011
Created by Brad Falchuk & Ryan Murphy
I'm coming to this one a little late, but then I freely admit that I have gotten to a place in my media life where I can barely stand to watch shows on a weekly basis. Binge viewing is really the only way to watch the serial narrative anymore. Obviously it satisfies the "what happens next?" impulse that networks rely upon to emotionally hold viewers hostage, but I find that I simply get more out of the narrative when I'm able to follow it more consistently and deliberately. American Horror Story has really built up its viewership (and laurels) over the past three seasons, and I finally reached the point where I was ready to invest in a new series. Each season is an independent narrative, so I am approaching them independently in my consideration.
Horror needed American Horror Story.