American Horror Stories Necro wasn’t exactly what I thought it was going to be. I mean, with a title like that you expect you’re going to see some corpse sex. But it’s more than that. 

It is, before all else, a love story. 

Written by Crystal Liu and directed by Logan Kibens, this story starts way back in 1998. We see a bloody kitchen with cereal scattered all around and a dead woman with an exposed breast. As we watch a small child comes out of the shadows and begins breastfeeding.

Flash forward to 2022, and we meet a mortician named Sam, played by Madison Iseman. She’s a sweet girl who treats the dead with the utmost respect and love. She’s not so loving with her fiance, Jesse (Spencer Neville). But she wants to be.

Cover for American Horror Stories Necro

Then she meets Charlie, played by Cameron Cowperthwaite. We might recognize him as Speedwagon from American Horror Story Cult. Sam feels a connection with Charlie right away because they share a love of the dead. It would be a match made in a graveyard, except that Sam is already engaged. But then, some things can be done about that.

I had a few issues with this episode. Several plotholes just didn’t make any sense. Later in the episode, a character knows something they have no way of knowing. And it’s never explained. I’m also not sure breastmilk would continue to be produced by a dead body, or even why breastmilk would be being produced by a woman whose child was two or three years of age. It just feels like something someone should have pointed out.

But I guess if they had, we wouldn’t have this messed up first shot of a child breastfeeding from a recently dead body. And in fairness, that’s one of the most horrifying things I have ever seen.

The episode wasn’t all bad, though. It was pretty good. The characters were unique, not a cookie cutter in sight. And it was a sweet, if twisted, love story.

This was also the sort of episode that, if you’re a plot guesser like me, is going to drive you crazy. The first mystery, of course, is figuring out which character was the baby drinking from their dead mother. Once that was settled, we’re invited to question whether all of the characters are alive. There were pleasant surprises around every corner. If you’re a messed-up freak like the rest of us here, that is.

All in all, this was a middle-of-the-road episode. I liked it, but it wasn’t my favorite. Seeing as how we’re near the end of the season, this makes total sense.

I’m looking forward to the season finale of American Horror Story next week. See you then.

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)