Leave it to Ryan Murphy to gather all of America’a most infamous serial killers in one room, days before Halloween. In Wednesday’s American Horror Story: Hotel, the first of the series’ traditional two-part Halloween episode, “Devil’s Night,” (spoiler alert) we saw Jeffrey Dahmer (Seth Gabel), John Wayne Gacy (John Carroll Lynch), Richard Ramirez (Anthony Ruivivar) and the H.H. Holmes-inspired Mr. March (Evan Peters) sit down to dinner with Detective John Lowe (Wes Bentley). But the real guest of honor, and most terrifying part of the episode, was Lily Rabe‘s Aileen Wuornos.
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Whatever camp catastrophe Ryan Murphy manages to conjure by the end of American Horror Story: Hotel, we will happily return for a terribly-wigged John Travolta, come February’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. At long last, its teasers have finally grown a face, and our chills are thoroughly multiplying.
We know all the seasons of American Horror Story are connected and that Hotel will definitely connect with Murder House. Christine Estabrook’s realtor Marcy, from the first season, has already showed up, and there’s a strong theory that Hotel will bring back Elisabeth Short, aka the Black Dahlia, before she was brutally murdered in Season 1. But those aren’t the only connections to Murder House. Based on new evidence and clues, the biggest connection of all may come from Lady Gaga’s Countess, who also may explain one of the series’ scariest monsters.
Now situated at the cavernously bonkers Hotel Cortez, American Horror Story may one day run out of spooky locations with which to set its assured future. Series star Evan Peters however, following his “Chutes and Ladders” debut last night, puts in another vote to take Ryan Murphy’s horror vision to the terrors of outer space, and we’re inclined to agree.
Ryan Murphy’s particular brand of popped-out genre camp can be found all over TV these days, from Scream Queens to American Horror Story: Hotel, but the truest Horror of all lies in the alternate reality we narrowly avoided. Come, gentle reader, as we imagine the nightmare hellscape in which the creator of Glee had succeeded in his attempt to bring Orange is the New Black to the small screen.
If you thought Wednesday’s shocking premiere of American Horror Story: Hotel was scary, undoubtedly the series’ most gruesome episode yet, be warned – the rest of the season is bound to get even more terrifying. We know this not only because co-creator Brad Falchuk confirmed Hotel will be the darkest season yet (and that means dark, considering Asylum), but because AHS is always based on real incidents and people. If we look no further than the real-life location Season 5's Hotel Cortez was inspired by we’ll discover just how many horrors are likely on the way.
FX’s 2016 American Crime Story gave us a first look at The People v. O.J. Simpson without any look at all, before shifting focus to the back of its talented cast’s heads. Now, promotion goes to the dogs, but there’s a reason behind the cuddly pooch at the center of our latest American Crime Story Sneak Peek.
American Horror Story has subjected its fans to some of the most grotesque forms of violence. From high school shootings in Murder House, shock therapy torture in Asylum, bleach enemas and acid attacks in Coven and leg amputations in Freak Show, Ryan Murphy has shown it all, at least before Hotel premiered.
FX and Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story may reinvent itself each year, but did you know that each season shares at least some major connection? Or that major alum from The Walking Dead and Nine Inch Nails have worked behind the scenes? Lock your doors, and hide under the bed, the 26th episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?’ visits the Murder House for some frightful facts of FX’s American Horror Story!
American Horror Story: Hotel, which premieres on Wednesday, turns the fear and shock factors up to maximum velocity. Season 5 is set in the titular Hotel Cortez, an ornate downtown Los Angeles hotel embellished with golden Art Deco architecture. But it’s the hotel’s hypnotic patterned carpeting – nothing less than a direct allusion to The Shining – shadowy corners and vacant lobby that assure us the darkest of things can, and will, happen in the most beautiful of places.