American Horror Story vs. The Walking Dead

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AHS vs. TWD

  1. American Horror Story

    61.5%
  2. The Walking Dead

    33.3%
  3. Neither - I hate both shows

    5.1%
  1. vampyr789

    vampyr789 9, 10. Never Sleep Again.

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    The two most popular and critically acclaimed horror TV shows on at the moment.

    The Walking Dead - created by Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Mist), extremely apocalyptic and thrilling, not really scary, but still equally well written, acted, directed, and a refreshing approach to the zombie genre.

    American Horror Story - created by Ryan Murphy (Glee, Nip/Tuck), different approach to the anthology horror show where each season is it's own self-contained miniseries that has it's own story, characters, and tone. Seasonal stories include a haunted house, an insane asylum, and a witch's coven. Features a repertory cast that returns each season to play different roles including Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, and Sarah Paulson.

    What's your pick? (or favorite?)

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    I chose American Horror Story.

    It's my favorite TV show ever and has been since the first season, I remember watching the pilot and thinking it was okay, but I ended up loving the show. Asylum, to me, is one of the best things I've ever seen. Coven so far has been great and things are really starting to pick up. I love the homages, acting, direction, everything about it. It's the perfect horror TV show in my eyes. I also adore the actors that come back each year, they're all fantastic at at their craft and bring their all to their roles. Kathy Bates is in Coven too. How can you go wrong with that!?
    Plus I just don't like The Walking Dead that much, it got boring to me.
     
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  2. Anthropophagus

    Anthropophagus Well-Known Member

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    The first season of AHS was brilliant, the second did not keep my interest and I haven't bothered with the third.
    The Walking Dead has never failed to bore the hell out of me, however I'm burnt on the zombie craze anyway and the only zombie related thing I liked in recent years is Zombieland.
    I voted AHS for that awesome first season.
     
  3. shape22

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    Anthropophagus's thoughts mirror mine. I greatly enjoyed the first season of American Horror Story but quickly gave up on the second. Clever writing made the first season fresh despite a lot of familiar elements. But the setting of the second season felt moldy to me right from the start.

    The Walking Dead has always been a tough slog for me. I forced myself to finish the first season and start the second. But it never hooked me. It has nothing to say that Romero didn't cover more eloquently in his Dead series. And although Romero's agenda is too obvious for some people I think he injects those elements a lot more gracefully than The Walking Dead.

    The real killer for me is all of the petty bickering between a bunch of characters who never really rise above types. I get enough of that at work. What's the point of a zombie apocalypse if it can't even spare us from that?
     
  4. Anthropophagus

    Anthropophagus Well-Known Member

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    I'd still rather watch Karloff's Thriller tv series, short lived but awesome.
     
  5. Paff

    Paff Super Moderator

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    I love both shows, but I give the edge to American Horror Story 'cause there's just an element of "what will they do next?" whereas Walking Dead just sticks to the trappings of the zombie genre.

    Honestly though, I'm surprised at the bitching about either show on this forum. For those haters, I ask, which horror movies currently being made are better? Not to mention, which are weekly TV shows? Both shows contain far more sex and violence than most of what passes for "horror" in the theaters today, are way more daring, and a lot more interesting. There's only so many times I can spin Texas Chainsaw Massacre in my player, and I have no interest in remakes. These shows are the best current option for a horror fan in my book.
     
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    Agreed! At least as far as AHS. I haven't watched Walking Dead yet.
     
  7. Anthropophagus

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    So because someone's personal tastes disagree with yours that qualifies them as 'haters' and 'people who bitch'?
    I'm also past the age where levels of sex and violence define if something is good to me. If I wanted that I'd go rent I Spit On Your Grave 2 and a couple of pornos.
     
  8. maybrick

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    I chose other. Supernatural, despite perhaps sticking around for too long. Even in its ninth season I'm finding more replay value in it than either AHS or TWD.
     
  9. Mok

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    A show has longer to achieve great characters and an unfolding story compared to a movie that has to get the job done in and 1.5 hours. But ok, I'll play:

    Asylum Blackout
    Lords of Salem
    Kiss of the Damned
    Curse of Chucky
    And I just watched Frankenweenie last night it was great! (not sure it counts though)
    I count those as being better than this season of Walking Dead so far.

    And by the way I took back what I said about AHS so fuck you on that one! ;)

    Based on what I've seen alone, I would pick AHS(s1). I figured I'd rather re-watch that than any particular season of Walking Dead.
     
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    Supernatural still beats both for me. I'll agree that it has fallen from the brilliance of the first 5 seasons, but I still enjoy it more than any other show currently on TV.

    And, while I know it doesn't get much love here, I'm also still digging Sleepy Hollow. They'll need to work out some issues in the next couple of shows or else they'll lose me, but I think it still shows potential.

    I'd put AHS third, right now. This latest run hasn't quite hooked me yet. But, I loved the previous two seasons. And it's certainly the most "out there" show I've seen since Twin Peaks and I'll continue to love it just for that.

    But, I just can't get into Walking Dead. I gave up about halfway through season two for the same reasons that most have complained about. I just can't get into all the bickering and I am really really burnt out on zombies at this point.
     
  11. Hatchetwarrior

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    Went with AHS. I watch bot shows weekly and as much as I feel I should like Walking Dead more, I can't help but feel underwhelmed by it. As Paff said, it's the "What crazy shit will they do next?" that makes AHS so appealing. The one thing that keeps AHS from reaching great heights is some of the atrocious dialogue, particularly this season (Sabrina The Teenage Cracker.....REALLY!). And on a side note, AHS has had the pleasure of having an impressive and talented cast of actors, but Precious is really ruining that, Christ she is awful.

    And if I can digress for a moment, I never realized how much I wanted to bang Emma Roberts until Coven aired. :evil:

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  12. Do you see

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    I watch (and like) both but went with AHS hands down. The thing I love about AHS is the writers having the ability to do a full story arc in one season. As previously stated above, anything is possible, no character is safe and crazy fucked up shit is going to happen. Bring it on!
     
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    I consider myself a critic of these shows, not a hater. I sincerely wish they were better. I agree completely that there's a real dearth of quality horror out there right now. And I hate the remake trend too.

    But truthfully, I could care less about new horror films. I'm thrilled to see a good one come along. But there are still hundreds of good to great older films that I've never seen. How are they any less important than whatever junk is playing at the local cinema these days? Even if the current incarnations of AHS or The Walking Dead are better than the other mediocre genre offerings out there these days are they more worthy of our time than obscure older films of higher quality?

    As deep into this genre as most of us are it's obviously harder to find older movies that you haven't seen. But there are plenty of rare titles out there. Like many of you guys I've been a horror die-hard for roughly 40 years. I know one thing for sure. I still haven't come close to exhausting the well of quality older films.

    If the real zombie apocalypse hit today I'd be fine. New product isn't a necessity for me.
     
  14. Paff

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    Oddly enough, I'm impressed with her as an actress (Sabrina the Teenage Cracker line aside....yeah, that was a clunker from the writers). But she really is unpleasant to look at. I know not all women are a size 2, but the rolls of fat on her arms are physically nauseating.

    And Hatchetwarrior, I'll see your Emma Roberts and raise you a (soon to be returning!) Alexandra Breckenridge:

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    Alexandra is suppose to appear tonight!
     
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    Now on this you and I are in complete agreement. I am constantly trying to find that older gem of a horror film that has somehow slipped under my radar all these years. I scour the October watching thread, or pore through my copies of the Psychotronic Film Guides looking for a title I've never seen before.

    And I also think there's a lot of good horror coming out now, too. Mok listed some movies (Asylum Blackout just got added to my Netflix queue), and I'd also throw out Excision as a fairly recent movie that blew me away.
    But there's also a lot of watered-down PG-13 crap too. The producers are TRYING to make the movies accessible to a wide audience and don't want to offend anyone. I don't see this in either American Horror Story or The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead is certainly more "talky" and less action-oriented, but that's due to the nature of the show (and it's why AHS gets the nod as the better show for me). Yet many of the zombie scenes are right up there with anything we saw in Romero's trilogy (which were also way more talk than action).

    AHS and The Walking Dead, to me, stand up to most everything that passes as horror nowadays. If ya wanna be like Shape22 and only go for older stuff, that's fine, I'm in that boat most of the time myself. But I hate remakes, and endless sequels (Curse of Chucky? Really? How much more can you do with that concept??), so my most common source of contemporary horror releases are weekly episodes of American Horror Story and The Walking Dead. And I'm enjoying them.
     
  17. vampyr789

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    This is the best news I've heard all day
     
  18. Mok

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    Cool. I never heard of Excision. Will check that one out.
     
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    Well, I guess I can't argue the Breckenridge defense, but Precious? Maybe I'm not giving her much of a chance, but I feel like her delivery nine times out of ten is cringe worthy (the dinner table scene, the fried chicken flash back, etc.). I think she has potential, I loved her in the Precious movie, and I'm looking forward to how her character arc will play out considering the events of the previous episode. Still, I really can't stand her for the most part.
     
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    I feel this way. Exactly this way. And to answer the question at the end of your first (quoted) paragraph: "No." And that's why I don't watch either of these. I saw the first season of AHS. It was fine. But each time I sat down to dedicate an hour of my evening to it, I thought of the films on my shelf that I haven't yet seen that I'd rather be watching. I haven't bothered with The Walking Dead. I just have no interest in it.
     

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