When it comes to American Horror Story and American Horror Stories, it is all about giving us the stories that stick with us. In some cases, they are stories we may be familiar with in some way; in others, it is about feeding off our fears. And in American Horror Stories, in particular, the fact that the series uses single episodes to tell a story means that they can truly feed off of our fears.
And in episode 2, “Aura,” it feels like the series is choosing to take a piece of technology that so many people currently have and give it a spooky vibe. But what are we talking about?
Well, Aura is a door camera. Think the doorbell camera meets the Nest. The difference between the Aura and our own cameras is the fact that the American Horror Stories take on these cameras is haunted.
American Horror Stories gives us a ghostly “Aura”
Seriously, this episode had its moments where things dragged, but overall this was a win because it fed off a fear that some of us have already. It is the idea of the creepy stranger at the door but taken to a whole new level.
With the Aura, people can see a ghost at their door. But not just any ghost. These are ghosts that have some unfinished business with you.
In one case, the unfinished business was an apology for doing something that terrified a teenage girl. But in another case, things took a truly dark turn, and this time we had a ghost who wanted justice. (Of course, things didn’t end with just two ghosts and that definitely gave this episode an added layer of horror.)
I wanted more from this episode, but also the way this story was told ended up being done well. It was a great way to play off a typical worry/concern and take it in a horror direction.
Were we scared by this episode (the fact that I was literally checking my own cameras like every five seconds would indicate yes)? Not really. But it definitely left me questioning just what our home cameras can see that we may not be able to see with our own eyes.
What did you think of this episode of American Horror Stories? Were you spooked by “Aura?” We want to know.