Ratched review – gothic, gory thrills with the Cuckoo's Nest villain

Ratched review – gothic, gory thrills with the Cuckoo's Nest villain
Sarah Paulson is brilliantly menacing as Nurse Ratched in Ryan Murphy’s latest Netflix series, which melds the 1975 film with his American Horror Story hallmarks

Quality trash is our entertainment G-spot. There is nothing else like it. Films rarely hit it because they are too big and expensive and the target is too small. They deal only in binaries: success or failure, prestige or crap. This is not what we seek for the particular itch we want to scratch. Books are better. There are more of them, and the genre we are looking for is better established. Bookwise, Jacqueline Susann can be counted on to bring you to ecstasies and Shirley Conran is your next best arch manipulator.

But television is the most exquisitely attuned tool at your disposal, and Ryan Murphy wields it best of all. When he is on form, he cannot be beaten. His creations, whether or not he originated them,
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