|American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare by FX|
Unusual was the way that we have had no clues about the anthology of season 6's theme until getting to watch this first episode - simply a flurry of misleading and unreadable teasers.
As it opens, My Roanoke Nightmare informs us as an audience that this is based on a true story. Alongside this classic trope, the faux documentary style is something completely different for the show. Inspired by paranormal reality shows it is a structure we have seen in many horror films but swapping straightforward narrative for talking heads.. There is a worry that it has been done.
The episode opens on married couple Shelby (Lily Rabe) and Matt (André Holland) recounting to camera a traumatic paranormal experience in their new deep south farmhouse in America. Their story is mixed with dramatic reenactments of the pair's toils. An interesting touch is the way which reenactments are played onscreen by Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr (can anyone say People vs OJ reunion?).