Warning: This article contains spoilers from American Horror Story Season 6. If you haven't seen the latest episode then stop reading now.
American Horror Story may have scared us in the past, but nothing comes close to the jump-out-of-your-seat moments that Season 6 has provided us with so far. Gone are the over the top musical performances and humorous gags, leaving us only with a stripped back, raw, emotionally charged horror tale. My Roanoke Nightmare focuses on several realistic, compelling characters with their own issues who move in a house that is at the centre of supernatural activity.
If you thought the first episode of Roanoke was scary, then you probably found yourself constantly screaming with terror during the second. With more genuine frights than we've ever seen before on AHS, "Chapter 2" saw lead characters Shelby and Matt discover the truth about their horrifying home. Let's take a look back at the moments that made our blood curl — that is, if you're brave enough to endure the trauma a second time round.
1. Shelby Discovers The Human Sacrifices
Last week I found myself wishing for more Kathy Bates, this week I changed my mind — that lady is just too darn scary. The nameless woman that she plays in Roanoke is more terrifying then all of her previous characters put together! "Chapter 2" picks up immediately where last week's episode left off and Shelby runs for her life through the dark, intimidating woods only to find herself attending some sort of human sacrifice ritual led by the unnamed woman — Bates — who Shelby had run down with her car mere hours earlier.
The tribe roasted the man alive before the scary lady put a pig's head on the victim. Shelby unfortunately made too much noise and the woman yelled at her colony to seize her. Fortunately, Shelby escaped. The scene was extremely eerie and we finally got our first glimpse of Lady Gaga this season — looking freakier than ever. The sacrifice also gave us, as viewers, a little bit of knowledge about who Shelby and Matt are actually dealing with and trust me, I'd be moving out of that house right away if these people were living on my doorstep.
2. Flora Tells Lee That Priscilla Will Kill Them All And Leave Her For Last
What I love about Roanoke is that it manages to take seemingly non-threatening, family centric storylines and make them a part of the horror too. Lee had her daughter Flora around to the house in the woods for a visit. While making her a bite to eat, Lee found Flora talking to an imaginary friend. Only it wasn't an imaginary friend — it was a girl by the name of Priscilla and she wears a bonnet. The funny thing is, however, is that we or Lee cannot see her. Freaky.
Later, Flora confesses to Lee that Priscilla is threatening to kill them all — leaving Flora for last. As if little kids speaking about death isn't scary enough, now we've got a ghost child from a different decade threatening to kill them all. I have to admit, I got chills at this moment.
3. The Twisted Sisters
The whole haunted colony thing may be enough scary for any old horror show, but this is American Horror Story we're talking about, so of course they have a completely different storyline to terrify the living day lights out of us. Matt goes for a walk around his haunted home in the middle of the night — because, duh, who wouldn't do that? — only to find two nurses and an old lady patient in his dining room. One of the nurses shoots the old lady in the head for pushing her luck. Matt is traumatized and a nearby policeman investigates, but he cannot find any evidence of anyone in the house.
Later, it is revealed that the two nurses murdered their patients many years ago, picking out their victims by the first initial of their first name. They used the slaughtered patients' initials to spell out "murder" — except they never completed the word, missing only the final "r." Since this is AHS, I can sense that the nurses are back to complete their work — much like James Patrick March in American Horror Story: Hotel. You might want to refrain from re-watching this scene.
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4. The Videotape
Found footage films terrify me so you can imagine my delight when the videotape came into play. A young girl dressed in old fashioned clothing — I'm going to guess that it's Priscilla — led Shelby and Matt to an old bunker near the house where they discovered an old video camera. The pair played the VHS tape on their TV, where they see the same man from last week's episode in the video tape. This man, who is clearly terrified, explains many of the mysteries about the house — most notably the truth of the two nurses.
On the tape, the man then re-enters the house where he is seemingly attacked by an entity, causing Shelby to scream. The tape cuts off here. I have no problem admitting that I was extremely terrified watching the old footage — it was similar to those found footage style horror movies which made it all the more horrifying. Also, the fact that the man's messages were recorded on an old VHS tape — which included bad picture quality and a grainy image — only intensified the scene.
5. Flora Vanishes
Flora sat in the living room on her own doing homework. However, she made the mistake of looking out of the window where she could see Pricilla signaling for her to leave the house and come with her. By the time that Lee realizes, it's already too late and the three adults run into the woods, searching desperately for Flora. They all fail to come up with any clues as to the whereabouts of Lee's daughter. However, Lee does spot something — Flora's jacket hanging from a tree so tall that it would dwarf a giant.
Don't get me wrong, American Horror Story has been pulling out all the stops to terrify us this year and so far that hasn't messed with the storyline, but I can't understand why Lee would bring her daughter to that troubled/haunted/weird house. Several of the characters are making silly decisions and I guess that's the scariest thing of all. Lee has a lot of demons, but will she be able to put hers aside in order to save her daughter from the demons that live in the woods?
If you can handle another scare, check out a preview of next week's episode:
American Horror Story is more unsettling than ever with My Roanoke Nightmare and it appears that things are set to get much more terrifying next week. Let's hope they find Flora before it's too late. Also, it seems that the "real" versions of the characters might actually interact more next week, which could mean that Lily Rabe may have more to do in the show. Be prepared, the scares can only get worse.
American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare airs Wednesdays on FX. What scared you the most about "Chapter 2"? Tell me in the comment section below.