Shelby (Lily Rabe) and Matt Miller (André Holland) sit in an interview for a documentary called My Roanoke Nightmare.
Through a combination of dramatic re-enactment and testimonials, the couple reveal that they fled to North Carolina from Los Angeles, after they were assaulted as part of a gang initiation that caused Shelby to miscarry their baby.
While in North Carolina, the couple find an abandoned colonial farmhouse that they purchase in attempt to start over again. Shelby and Matt (Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr. as re-enactors) buy the house in an auction, in which Matt outbids a hostile trio of local farmers.
She informs Matt but when they go outside to investigate, all the human teeth have vanished. Matt prepares to leave on a sales call, which Shelby secretly admits that she is happy to be alone, although she experiences sinister events.
While she is soaking in the tub, she is attacked and forced underwater by a group of mysterious figures in colonial garb, carrying pitchforks and torches. Matt arrives home to find the house surrounded by police cars. A policeman interrogates Matt, questioning Shelby’s version of events and Matt defends Shelby, telling the police officer about trio of farmers. Shelby admits that she had began to fear the house but did not want to tell Matt that she wanted to move.
When the power is restored, the two women find that the mob has strung up wooden dolls and totems across the entire upstairs. Matt arrives at the house but believe that people are playing elaborate pranks on the couple to drive them out of their home. Shelby, wanting to leave, tells Matt to do what he wants and then flees in Matt’s car. While taking a call, she collides with a woman on the road (Kathy Bates). Shelby goes out to investigate, but seeing her disappearing into the woods, runs off after her, getting lost in the process. While lost, Shelby comes across more of the totems that she found in her house. As she runs further into the woods, she is encircled by the mob that broke into her house and a man with his scalp removed from his head, exposing his brain
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As the mob begins to surround Shelby, she flees further into the woods, hiding behind a tree in an effort to spy on the mob.
They begins to enact a ritual where a man is burned alive while dressed as a pig in retribution for crimes he committed against the mob.
After completing the ritual, one of the mob (Lady Gaga) sees Shelby spying on them and rest of the mob gives chase to her. Shelby flees out onto the road, where she is almost hit by Lee’s car. Shelby passes out in the middle of the road and awakes the next day in the hospital to an apologetic Matt who promises that they will find some other place to stay. Shelby tells Matt that the trio of farmers must have created an elaborate hoax to drive them away from the property, and that she and Matt shouldn’t give up their investment that easily.
“In 1590 on the coast of what we now know as North Carolina the entire colony of Roanoke- all 117 men, women and children- died inexplicably. It became known as The Ghost Colony because the spirits remained. They haunted the native tribes living in the surrounding area. Killing indiscriminately. The elder knew he had to act. He cast a banishment curse. First, he collected the personal belongings of all the dead colonists. Then they burned them. The ghosts appeared, summoned by their talismans but before the spirits could cause them any more harm the elder completed the curse that would banish the ghosts forever. – How? – By uttering a single word. The same word found carved on a post at the abandoned colony.
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Well, my prediction was totally wrong wasn’t it ?!?
Ryan Murphy has surprised and shocked fans yet again by totally mixing up the format , going against the pattern and creating something that actually feels more horror story and creepy than the last three seasons.
Episiode 1. My Roanoke Nightmare
Told like a true life documentary with Lily Rabe and Andre Holland playing interracial couple Shelby and Matt narrating over the re enactment of their nightmare ( Sarah Paulson and Cuba Golding Jnr playing them respectively), it takes a while to get used to this new aspect of story telling for AHS.
However, despite a slow start by the end the suspense , creepiness and tension will leave you ready for episode 2.
Moving to North Carolina after a savage attack in LA, the couple buy a cheap farmhouse in an isolated forest much to the annoyance of local hillbillies who wanted the property themselves.
Soon things take a sinister turn with strange noises that sound like pigs squealing, showers of human teeth, an attempt at drowning Shelby and a dead pig on the doorstep. Not to mention the strange people with torches and pitchforks who like to break in and decorated with little wooden Witch twigs like the Blair Witch Project.
Add to the mix Angela Bassett as Matt s sister, Kathy Bates as a pilgrim ghost and Dennis Quaid as the strange video director who finds a Pig Man in the woods and you’ve got a jaw droppingly great start to the new series.
With American Horror Story season six about to premiere in the USA tomorrow night , us in the UK still have to wait until Friday !!!
Frustrating for us fans there has been no reveal of this season theme, leaving scope for plenty of fan theories , red herrings and fakes.
Teasingly, only one of the six trailers and posters are the real theme.
So, before the big revelation is before us I’d like to make my own predictions on what this series may contain
Location: Middle America
American Horror Story so far follows a pattern in all areas – West Coast (California), East Coast (New York), Middle America (New Orleans), East Coast (Florida), West Coast (California).
I m thinking because the deep south was used for season three , we’re probably looking at middle middle America or Northern middle America. The poster of the house in the remote cornfields – which I believe to be the real one kinda backs this up as does the pattern.
Time: The 40’s
I think we ll be getting a period season this time around , again if you base it against the previous pattern
Present, Past, Present, Past, Present
why the 40’s ?
well if season 2 was the 60’s and season 4 the 50’s then it is logical to follow with the 40’s
Theme : Orphanage/Sick Children Hospital
Every season has a building/location as it’s name – Orphanage is just that plus it’s been strongly hinted that children play a vital part in this season. Added to the remote location and children of the corn vibe it gives off , it feels like it s deliberately isolated – like the children have some kind of illness/infection.
I’m also getting the impression it’s going to be heavily influenced by Wes Craven , the hands coming from the stairs are reminiscent of a film called People under the stairs (I think?) which he directed
*similar to Flowers in the Attic which he wrote a script for only to be turned down*
plus one of the trailers/poster/leaks feature a trio of shadows man woman and child and the man gives off a Freddie Kruger vibe badly.
Anyway these are my current thoughts , I’m probably totally wrong but it’s been fun trying to figure it out and I cannot wait until I do find out. Knowing Ryan Murphy it will be shocking, amazing and something I could never have thought of in a million years !
Definitely my favourite of the three kindle books that were released last week to add to the Harry Potter canon.
Of Heroes, Hardships and Dangerous Hobbies is shorter than Hogwarts : An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide but feels more fleshy.
Four chapters dedicated to characters who’ve either been heroic, suffered hardships or indeed pursue dangerous hobbies , they each in turn are fascinating, heartbreaking, extremely vague or hilarious.
Featuring Professor Mcgonnegal, Lupin, Madame Trelawney and the first Care of Magical Creatures Professor before Hagrid. It not only comprises of biographies but also added detail on Transfiguration and Werewolves.
I absolutely loved this addition and of course I wanted more- J K Rowling hinted she had written complete biographies for all her characters so here’s hoping for more to follow !.
Full of tantalising trivia, Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide is a fascinating short story book for any Potter fan .
Focusing on a dual purpose of providing the history of Hogwarts in bits and pieces it also offers insights from J K Rowling herself on plot development, inspiration and unused characters.
Potter heads may be dissapointed at the fact there is apparently nothing new here , the contents already having been shared on the Harry Potter encyclopedia type website Pottermore.
Fans who are a little rusty or who (myself included) have found Pottermore difficult to navigate will enjoy the addition to the Potter canon.
It’s name is perfect , however , it does feel rather incomplete being only 8 chapters long and there’s a feeling there would be plenty more to really make this an amazing book .
For example, whilst there is detail dedicated to the Hufflepuff common room , the other house rooms have been left out – granted fans have knowledge of them through the original books but a guide to Hogwarts really needs all four.
The same with the house ghosts, their backstorys in detail would have been a great addition as would more details on the house founders and headmasters.
I suppose what I was hoping for was a more thorough guide to Hogwarts – something along the lines of Hermione s favourite tome – Howarts: A History
Granted a £1.99 ebook cannot provide such content but I would be happy to pay 10 x that amount for a true paper back version of something more fleshy. With illustrations.
This book does contain some true gems though – The Ballad of Nearly Headless Nick is brilliantly awful and J K s anecdotes truly inspirational.
All in all, it’s a great read but it will leave fans wanting more …. luckily there’s two others in this series available but I m hoping this is just a taste of things to come .
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Some mums adore the summer holidays and either they’re lying or I desperately needed a double dosage of whatever they’re on !!! -They re probably the type of mums who use phrases like “spending time with the fam a lam” , “amazeballs” and “wine o’clock”.
Unfortunately, I’m not that type of mum – I’m working class with middle class aspirations but with a hefty side dish of reality chucked in 😑 yet if I ever utter any of those phrases please feel free to shoot me. You’ll be doing me (and everyone else ) a favour !
I tend to greet the holidays with a mixture of fear/hope and even fill in a monthly planner with things to do each day so we have some sort of routine – 9/10 we don’t do them but it’s nice to have something down – I prepare by having bucket lists coming out of my ears (see my pinterest or even my blog Summer Holiday Bucket list)
But the truth is …. its long and boring and you need to sell a kidney to do anything remotely fun.
Even the kids get bored … no matter where you go … what fun things you have planned … what toys they have … by week five everyone’s wandering around the house aimlessly , too hot, too bored, too tired – even the kid from the other council estate who seems to have taken up permanent residence in your house.
Ryan who hates school even admitted he missed it …. heck child I miss it !!!
Because it may be summer but nothing has really changed … you still get up at stupid o clock and there’s no such word as a lie in (apart from for anais who is the total opposite, wallowing in her pit until lunchtime if I’d let her ) … if I’m lucky you may have grasped the concept by week five but by then years of early mornings means my body clock automatically has me up at 7 am !!!
But still it’s summer which means obligatory fun days out and photo collages to prove we had a good time – if not to the world of Facebook then at least to myself and we do have some good times , we do make memories and it’s lovely to spend time together … but seriously does it have to be so much of it?!? 😂😂😂😂😂
Any person fascinated with crime and all its gory splendor will be in heaven here – I know I was !
Though a small venue , it is an IMPRESSIVE collection , even more so when you consider its the private collection of just one man!
The variety of exhibits and the displays themselves are so fascinating and well put together – you can tell this is a passion for all involved. Even the staff travel from out of town in order to work there they love it so much !
With some great interactive features such as taking your own mugshot and measuring yourself against famous criminals and even an electric chair prop -this easily rivals any London exhibition and feels a lot less gimmicky and certainly more authentic.
A good hour can be spent here , and there’s a lot to take in – my reasons specifically for wanting to visit was The Krays display which contained a bullet found in the gun that jammed at the crime scene of the murder of Jack the Hat Mcvitie .
It included signed boxing gloves by the twins, a memorial service programme from Ronnie s funeral and even a bitter pump from the Double R club. It was not only fascinating but lovely to see these items in the hands of an enthusiast who not only cared for them but wished to share these with fellow fans.
However, I was surprised at the items that really made an impact with me – Amelia Dyers , the infamous baby farmer s display with her own blouse I found really chilling .
The six containers used in one of the Acid Bath Murders were an impressive addition , the death mask of the “beautiful woman found in the Seine” serenely beautiful and the most disturbing had to be John Child’s bathtub that he used to chop up his victims !
Even more fascinating is the story of how that came to be in the collection so be sure to ask on your visit !!!!So if you have a fascination with crime or are simply in the area , The True CRIME Museum is a must visit . It simply is amazing , with friendly staff and a vast array of items. Plus it includes a well stocked book shop and some fantastic souvenir items to take away.
Having visited I just know this collection is going to grow and grow and the museum with it – they already do special events which just sound amazing and hire the venue out privately and they were renovating other areas for future exhibitions when I was there – the perfect excuse to return soon I think 😉