Lots and lots of information keeps trickling through for American Horror Story: Hotel, and today we have news on what is said to be the shows most disturbing scene, full details on the yearly Halloween special and what the main focus of the series will be. If that’s not enough, we have three new teasers to share too!
Firstly then, the disturbing scene, and in an interview with EW while at the Television Critics Awards, show creator Ryan Murphy revealed the following:
“American Horror Story: Hotel” would feature “the most disturbing scene we’ve ever done” and it involves “AHS” newbie Max Greenfield, Sarah Paulson’s Sally and “The Addiction Demon.” The addiction demon (below) was first seen in a teaser released last week, and I am sure you’ll agree its a great creation.
“He is a representation of that and what people go through fighting addiction,” explains Murphy. “It’s not done lightly or blithely. I think it’s very powerful and strong.”
Paulson and Greenfield revealed more on the scene:
Greenfield plays Gabriel, a platinum blonde junkie who checks into the Cortez in the premiere and has a run-in with both Sally and the demon. Let’s just say it is not a gentle love scene. Teases Greenfield, “Ryan gets real pleasure out of how far, I think, he can push it. And when we were doing that stuff, he was happy and he was scared. We all were. And it was a good vibe on set because of that. I think we were like, ‘F— yeah, man. Let’s push this and let’s see how far we can go.”
For Paulson, who has been on all five seasons, it was oddly just another day at work on AHS. “None of it’s crazy to me,” she says. “I walk in and I’m like ‘Hello conical dildo demon person.’ I don’t even think twice. I had two heads last year — I don’t know what you want me to say. Like there’s nothing anybody can do on the show to shock me anymore.”
Murphy also revealed that “Hotel’s” focus is, in a way, vampirism. “I prefer the term ‘ancient blood virus,’” Murphy said. “It’s not vampires; it’s really a form of hemophilia in a way. There’s no capes and fangs.”
Gaga’s character, The Countess, is afflicted with the virus as are her lovers, Donovan (Matt Bomer) and Tristan (Finn Wittrock), which causes the infected to crave human blood. “Around the middle of the season, we sort of explore the origins of all that and her character and where [the virus] comes from,” added Murphy. Since they don’t have fangs, The Countess and Donovan kill with their chainmail gloves; the nails are razor-sharp and handy when slitting throats.
“Ryan wanted the glove to look like armor,” explained costume designer Lou Eyrich, “so we started there, kind of Daphne Guinness-esque. But we wanted to make it our own and again timeless – Is it an old glove? Is it a new glove? We wanted it to look both rock ‘n roll but old at the same time. But then the nail that pops out with diamonds on the edge to slice you.”
Next up are the full details of the yearly Halloween special, which this year will be split into two parts:
Titled ‘Devil’s Night’, the first hour will feature the return of “AHS” alum Lily Rabe, playing serial killer Aileen Wurnos, says EW. The episode will be focused around the dinner party from hell at the Hotel Cortez, involving guest and detective John Lowe (Wes Bentley). Teases co-creator Ryan Murphy, “The biggest serial killers of all time all come to the hotel. Gacey. Aileen. John Lowe’s invited to a devil’s night dinner. He thinks someone is pulling a huge prank on him. It’s the biggest serial killers of all time in a room with him and he has to figure who is trying to make him lose his mind.”
Part 2 finds Darren Criss playing a hipster who, along with his girlfriend, leaves the Silver Lake area of LA to avoid trick-or-treaters. Given the couple’s snotty attitude, their decision to check into the Hotel Cortez is not ideal. “They’re horrified they can’t get their artisanal cheese and they hate the sheets and they put Iris [Kathy Bates] through the wringer and she’s not happy,” said Murphy.
American Horror Story: Hotel will return to FX on 7th October. The cast includes Emma Roberts, Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer as Donovan, Finn Wittrock, Sarah Paulson as Hypodermic Sally, Kathy Bates as Iris, Chloe Sevigny, Evan Peters as Mr. March, Wes Bentley, Angela Bassett as Ramona, Max Greenfield, Denis O’Hare, Helena Mattsson, Naomi Campbell, Madchen Amick and Cheyenne Jackson.
Here’s the three new teasers: