If you’re looking for a TV show about a serial killer that is filled with creepy characters and a huge mystery, then CBS’ American Gothic just might be the perfect fit. Wednesday’s premiere of the new 13-part murder mystery definitely caught my attention, but not because of the Silver Bells serial killer.
I know, a killer with that name (who is known for strangling six victims between 1999 and 2002) should have my utmost attention, but I’m having a hard time focusing on him/her/they, when little boy Jack Hawthorne is freaking me out — big time.
First, let’s talk about his obsession with death. Look, it’s great he is planning his life and has a passion to become a medical examiner, but watching Jack draw disturbing images of dead bodies is a whole other story. Thankfully, his father, Cam (played by Shameless‘ Justin Chatwin) recognizes his son has some major issues. As he told his possible soon-to-be ex-wife, “I think there’s something wrong with Jack.”
You think? It’s not that Jack took the neighbor’s cat and cut its tail off or anything. Oh wait, he did. And it’s not like he drew a photo of how he hoped to surgically remove all of its limbs. Oh wait, he did. And it’s not like he didn’t ask his father to watch the cat’s tail be sewn back on. Oh wait, he did. Right there spells major trouble for Jack. I can only imagine what’s to come for him.
However, I do know that the Hawthornes may need to be more worried about Jack than with the Silver Bells killer. Granted, the serial killer could possibly be one of their family members, but Cam had better get a hold of Jack, stat, or things could take a really bad turn.
Although, I fear he won’t get a handle on him, especially now that Cam and his siblings’ father died at the end of the episode at the hands of their mother, Maddie. Plus, Cam and his sisters are trying to figure out if one of their loved ones truly is the Silver Bells killer. The Hawthornes definitely have a lot of skeletons in their closet and are hiding some deep, dark secrets.
Seeing as this is only the first episode, I’m sure only more bad things are to come — and probably from Jack.
American Gothic airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS.
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