Forget the horror in American Horror Stories, as episode 4 took on a storyline that was more disgusting than anything else.
While I can absolutely see where American Horror Stories was going with “Milkmaids,” in terms of the horrors of sickness and death combined with the push and pull of science and faith, the problem with this episode is just how disgusting the “cure” really is. In fact, right off the bat, it was so difficult to watch this story unfold.
With American Horror Stories heading back to the 1700s in New England, there are so many horrors we could have touched upon in this episode. And while it certainly made sense to feature a horror story focused around smallpox killing off the people of this New England village, it did make sense to have people slurping up pus and eating the hearts of the dead.
American Horror Stories brings us a historical New England horror story
Honestly, this had to be one of the most disgusting episodes of television I have ever had the misfortune to watch. And I am definitely never watching this one again.
That being said I stuck it out through the end and I admit that there were so many themes thrown into the mix that it was hard to know where things were going to end up with this story. Not only did we have a love story between two women that the village would prefer to shun, but there were also the men choosing madness over anything even close to scientific or faith-based in nature.
Watching these “leaders” choose the most awful ways to supposedly cure themselves was as awful as one might expect. And honestly, it left us with nothing more than a village of murderers, cannibals, and just straight-up awful people that seriously none of us were rooting for in the end. (Seriously, even Edward was just downright creepy and he is the child of the bunch.)
American Horror Stories knows how to deliver a good story, but this time around, it was definitely something else on our screens.
American Horror Stories returns with a new episode on Hulu on August 18th.