This episode of Roanoke might be one of the best American Horror Story episodes. The acting, the writing, the timing, the gore. Everything was done exactly right. 

Let’s dive in, Killer Queens.

With the Millers now safe and out of the house, you’d think the story would be over. But no, it’s not. Because the producer of My Roanoke Nightmare has decided to run with his sudden fame. He wants to do a new show, gathering everyone together and sending them back to the house. This means the Millers and the actors who play them. He’s calling it Roanoke, Three Nights in Hell. And he’s going to shoot it over the three days of the Blood Moon. 

Kathy Bates in American Horror Story Roanoke Chapter Six

At this point, I don’t feel a lot of sympathy for anyone involved. I mean, how dumb do you have to be to go back there during that time?

But they do. Some do it for the exposure, some for the money. Shelby wants to reconnect with Matt, who hasn’t been speaking to her. For one reason or another, they all go back to the house. 

Right from the start, Sydney is clear that he has no intention of this being based on truth. He’s got special effects wired through the house to scare the hell out of the participants. This is great because it works in two ways. It paints him as a terrific douchebag who doesn’t care about the well-being of the people in the house. But it also makes everything that happens after that point suspect. We won’t know if an incident is supernatural, or just movie magic.

Of course, mere stage tricks aren’t all he’s got planned. We find out that the actress who played Lee, Monet, is suffering from substance abuse. Sydney makes sure she’ll be able to find a drink while in the house. I don’t know if this is a reference to Dr. Phil intentionally doing the same thing on his garbage show. But I like to think it is because the more people who know what a garbage person he is, the better.

Of course, things go bad right from the start. Fetal pigs are found by the house, covered in giant, squishy maggots. There are countless accidents, and one man accidentally beheaded himself with a chainsaw. But Sydney has no intention of stopping production. 

Sydney in American Horror Story Roanoke Chapter Six.

Near the episode, we see a splash screen informing us that only one person survives the three days of the blood moon at the Roanoke Farmhouse. Of course, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that not everyone survives this episode.

We all like scary stories. And if you’re like me, the best ones have at least a grain of truth. I even co-host a podcast about it. But when we start putting people in dangerous exploitative situations, that’s where it gets gross. Honestly, the maggot-infested fetal pigs were less disgusting than Sydney. I look forward to him getting exactly what’s coming to him. 

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Want to follow along and binge the whole season with me? You can find it on Hulu.

Want to own the whole season? You can get it on Amazon.


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