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"American Horror Story: Hotel" review by Suzanne 10/7/15
Season 5 premieres October 10 at 10/9c on FX

I enjoyed the first episode of the show that FX sent to me. There was only one episode. Usually they send 2 or 3. I was worried that it would be too gross for me, but it was actually very good and not to bad. So far!

Each season, the ensemble cast plays different characters in one location that is haunted or has other supernatural characters. The first year it was a haunted house. Then it was an insane asylum. Then it was a witches coven in New Orleans. Last year it was a freak show in a circus. After this many times, we sort of know what to expect, which is nothing is as it seems. There will be plenty of blood, creepy people, gleeful killing and dead bodies that don't stay dead.

I always try to watch the show but either fall behind or just get too grossed out to keep watching (or both). The first episode was not too gross for me. There was very little torture or blood. It was, though, very scary and creepy. The usual cast is in this one, except instead of Jessica Lange, we have Lady Gaga. She does a good job.

Kathy Bates plays Iris, who seems to be the desk clerk in this elaborate, gorgeous old hotel (I didn't catch which city the hotel resides in, but it's not NYC because they mention that as being somewhere else--my guess would be Chicago). Lady Gaga is The Countess, one of the residents at the hotel who likes to kill people and drink their blood. Matt Bomer is back, as the ex-junkie (son of Iris) that is also The Countess' plaything and buddy (he also kills people and drinks their blood).  I don't know if they're actual vampires or if they're just freaky human killers. There are definitely some supernatural things going on, though.

As usual, there's a large cast, including Denis O'Hare, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, Chloë Sevigny, Sarah Paulson and more, as well as great guest stars.

We don't see Bassett or Peters in the first episode.  The hotel has all sorts of weird residents, including things that crawl out of the wood work, or the bed (see photo above), etc. People who stay in the hotel for the night seem to be the victims. We see 2 Swedish girls in the first episode, and also a young guy.  Wes Bentley plays a cop who investigates a serial killer murder that may or may not be linked to the hotel. There are a couple of good twists in the first episode having to do with him that I won't spoil for you!

The hotel reminds me a bit of the one in "The Shining" as well as the one in "666 Park Avenue." Also, some bits of it reminded me of the first AHS season. Just like in that one, two of the residents are linked together in the hotel for eternity, since one killed the other.

Besides the gore, one of the things that I don't like about this show is that the motto seems to be "abandon all hope, ye who enter."  The bad guys seem to always win in these shows. I mean, no one's really a completely good or bad, just like in real life, and everyone loses, more or less. I prefer to have a little more optimism in my shows. I enjoyed the first season of AHS but I was very disappointed when just about everyone died at the end.

Give it a try if you don't mind TV shows that are very violent, sexual and kind of depressing.  You don't need to have seen the other previous AHS seasons to enjoy this one. It's an anthology series, so each season is different from the others in terms of the characters and plot.

Those who loved "Hannibal" should enjoy this, especially this season. The photography, sets, costumes etc. are just superb. They've done a great job with it. It's not as slow as "Hannibal" was, thankfully, but I think it's just as pretty (not to mention bloody).


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The Emmy® and Golden Globe® Winning American Horror Story Franchise Returns To FX With Its Fifth Installment American Horror Story: Hotel on October 7th at 10 PM E/P

American Horror Story: Hotel

The 13-episode fifth installment of the Emmy and Golden Globe  winning franchise, American Horror Story: Hotel, premieres on FX on October 7th.

American Horror Story: Hotel features an all-star cast of Lady Gaga, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, Chloë Sevigny, Denis O’Hare, Cheyenne Jackson, Evan Peters and Finn Wittrock.

Ryan Murphy serves as Co-Creator, Showrunner, Executive Producer, Writer and Director of American Horror Story: Hotel and Brad Falchuk is Co-Creator, Executive Producer and Writer. Tim Minear, Brad Buecker, Jennifer Salt, James Wong and Alexis Martin Woodall also serve as Executive Producers. The American Horror Story franchise is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

The most recent installment, American Horror Story: Freak Show, has been nominated for a franchise-record 19 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Limited Series. Over its first four installments, the American Horror Story franchise has received a total of 70 Emmy Award nominations, with the first three installments earning a total of eight Emmy awards.

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