American Gothic

I’m re-watching American Gothic, having recently bought the complete box set on DVD.

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Yes, Sam Raimi’s supernatural drama looks creaky and very of-its-time (contemporary to The X-Files and only just after Twin Peaks), but it’s still pleasingly engaging with a great sense of atmosphere.

Created by Nancy Drew star Shaun Cassidy, the series charts the adventures of young Caleb Temple (Tokyo Drift’s Lucas Black) whose father and sister are murdered by the evil Sheriff Buck (Gary Cole), who may or may not be the devil himself. As Buck attempts to lure Caleb to be his Antichrist, the spectral form of Caleb’s sister tries to put him on the road to good. This central conflict forms a weekly tug-of-war, as we see which of these otherworldly forces will triumph.

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