American Horror Story, Sleepy Hollow

American Horror Story returned last night to FX for its third season. Seasons one and two were highlighted by strong casts, engrossing plots, and salacious imagery. However the hit show has not gone without some criticism — the writing staff has been guilty of spreading the story too thin, which I feel has laid the groundwork for less than stellar conclusions. Still — the gore, stylized composition and editing, and sexual tension will keep the show grossly entertaining. Hell, even the theme song is notable for its unsettling, perverse drone. American Horror Story: Coven airs Wednesdays on FX at 10 pm.

Fox has also jumped into the fray with Sleepy Hollow, a modern twist on Washington Irving’s 1820 classic that told the story of Ichabod Crane and the mysterious Headless Horseman. The series stars Tom Mison as Ichabod and he is excellent in the role as the out-of-time protagonist.  His female counterpart is Nicole Beharie as Lieutenant Abbie Mills who is unwittingly drug into supernatural occurrences by her own sordid past. Underutilized and under appreciated character actor Clancy Brown, of Pet Cemetery II and Carnivale fame, is used in cameo appearances. The show has become a quick hit with my wife and I and that should come as no surprise as it’s produced in part by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci; the same tandem who served in a similar fashion on FringeSleepy Hollow airs Mondays on Fox at 9 pm.

Incredulously, I just recently discovered that Amy Lee of Evanescence did a haunting, heart wrenching, and beautiful cover of “Sally’s Song” from A Nightmare Before Christmas. The song is part of Nightmare Revisited, a cover album released on September 30, 2008 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 1993 animated classic. Most notably it contains a harsh rendition of “This is Halloween” by Marilyn Manson that has just as much spirit as Danny Elfman’s original score. 

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