American Horror Story Season 5 – Hotel
American Horror Story Season 5: Hotel is the fifth season in the American Horror Story anthology which was confirmed February last year inspired by old hotel horror films and actual hotels that has some horrific reputations. One of the hotels that inspired the story is The Cecil wherein Elisa Lam, a 21-year-old student died inside after showing some erratic behavior prior to her death.
The Hotel Cortez has an Art Deco theme done by designer Mark Worthington which needed seven weeks of construction including the lobby and a working elevator.
“The upcoming season that we’re doing is much more horror-based; it’s much more dark. It’s about a theme and an idea that’s very close to my heart that I’ve always wanted to do that’s a little bloodier and grislier, I think, than anything that we’ve done before; it’s straight horror this year. Murder House, I thought, was a very primal season because everybody’s great fear is about the bogeyman under the bed in their house, and this feels similar to me in that when you check into a hotel, there are certain things beyond your control… Other people have the keys to your room; they can come in there. You’re not exactly safe, it’s a very unsettling idea,” Murphy said, according to TV Guide.
Murphy also added that the season is about his personal fear and phobia. He also said that the season will have more male stories and male characters.
American Horror Story Hotel, the fifth season of AHS, is set on the Hotel Cortez in Downtown Los Angeles. Said 90 year old hotel was recently purchased by a New York fashion designer named Will Drake (Cheyenne Jackson). Although the hotel looks luxurious, it is actually haunted by demons and mysterious ghosts which includes the hotel’s founder, James Patrick March (Evan Peters); a heroin junkie Sally (Sarah Paulson); and even a creepy strap-on-wielding Addiction Demon.
Residing in the hotel is an 111-year-old fashionable vampire, Elizabeth/The Countess (Lady Gaga) and former drug-addict Donovan (Matt Bomer) who was linked to The Countess. Also in the hotel is Iris (Kathy Bates), the mother of Donovan who manages the hotel and is also the front desk clerk. She works with the hotel’s laundress, Hazel Evers (Mare Winningham) who would wash bedding covered with blood and a transgender bartender, Liz Taylor (Denis O’Hare) who is a male named Nick Pryor from Topeka, Kansas. But in 1984, Nick had a makeover and was named Liz Taylor by Elizabeth.
In one episode, The Countess rejected Donovan in exchange of model Tristan Duffy (Finn Wittrock). While outside the hotel, Donovan was attacked by Ramona Royale (Angela Bassett), who happens to be obsessed with her vengeance for The Countess. After sucking his blood, Donovan had a deal with Ramona to help her get to the hotel so she can do her revenge.
Ramona is a former Hollywood actress who had a romantic past with The Countess. But things got really messy when Elizabeth killed the new boyfriend of Ramona because of jealousy, leaving vengeance in the heart of Ramona.
Many hotel guests came to check-in the hotel and ended up dead. Because of the series of murders in the hotel, Detective John Lowe (Wes Bentley) was drawn to the hotel to investigate, wherein a serial killer kills victims due to their violation of the Ten Commandments. Hence, the killer is known as the Ten Commandments killer.
The first people to die in the hotel are two Scandinavian tourists, Vendela (Kamilla Alnes)and Agnetha (Helena Mattsson) who saw a man inside the mattress in their first room and when they changed room, Agnetha was eaten by the kids of The Countess. Vendela was locked in a cage but Sally opened her cage instructing her to run. But Iris ran after her and Vendela was met by Elizabeth who cut her throat.
A couple were also murdered who committed adultery as shown in the photo of the guy’s family. The woman was speared on the bed while the man has his tongue and eyes cut while his penis is super-glued inside the female. Gabriel (Max Greenfield) also came to the hotel and was raped by a monster with a drill-bit dildo. Sally watched the rape and forced Gabriel to tell her he loves her.
Elizabeth went out with Donovan and lured a couple into the hotel. They engaged in a pansexual orgy and cut the couple’s throats using clawed metallic gloves so they can sip their blood.
Real estate agent, Marcy (Christine Estabrook, who also sold the Murder House) shows Will Drake (Cheyenne Jackson) and his son Lachlan (Lyric Lennon Parker-Angel) the hotel as they show interest to buy it which frustrates Iris. Elizabeth brought Lachlan into a room wherein strange children play video games and are surrounded by colorful candies.
Meanwhile, Donovan shoots heroin from a contaminated needle of Sally and died. Because of anger, Iris pushed Sally out of the window.
John went back home to dine with her daughter Scarlett Lowe (Shree Crooks) and wife Dr. Alex Lowe (Chloë Sevigny). Alex is upset about the recent disappearance of their son, Holden Lowe (Lennon Henry) and is also frantic about her safety.
Meanwhile, Holden’s sister, Scarlett saw him inside the hotel while sleeping inside a casket. She informed her parents about it but both of them did not believe him. But then, John also spotted Holden inside the hotel and he even tried to follow him.
Alex wanted to have a divorce with John because of his obsession to the “Ten Commandments” killer and she thinks she is better off without him and that she is doing it for the sake of Scarlett. While in the hotel, Alex saw Holden who then recognized her and called her “Mommy.”
During a gathering in the hotel organized by March, John was surprised when he received an invitation and saw that serial killers were the guests of March. This created confusion on his end knowing that he is there to catch the killer.
Meanwhile, Alex has caused an infection to some kids by injecting blood on the IV of Max Ellison (Anton Lee Starkman) who has staph infection, after she feasted on some blood bags in the hospital. Max recovered but was turned into a vampire, spreading the virus to other kids. An entire school was locked down because of the killings but the kids said that a masked intruder caused the killings.
Since Alex is already “one of them” as Holden describes, she is the new governess of the kids as assigned by the Countess.
A flashback reveals that the Countess tried to have a abortion in the Murder House with Charles Montgomery (Matt Ross.) But her son, who has horrific features, survived and is found in Room 33 of the hotel.
As renovations of the hotel started since Will is the new owner, The Countess married Will saying that she will marry him on Wednesday and will be a widow on Thursday, which actually happened after Will refused to accept Elizabeth’s son, Bartholomew.
The Countess also learned that March imprisoned Rudolph Valentino (Finn Wittrock’s second role) and Natacha Rambova (Alexandra Daddario) in an effort to separate them from Elizabeth. The Countess also learned about the afflicted schoolchildren that Alex created and commanded her to end it or she will kill her and Holden. With the help of John, Alex was able to seal the kids in the hotel’s hallway.
Sally, who is in love with John, wants him to leave Alex but John insists that they have two kids and that Alex will be able to accept him even if he is a serial killer since he is actually the Ten Commandments killer.
Liz and Iris wanted to commit suicide and totally leave the hotel but tried to kill the Countess first through a series of gun shots. Donovan became her human shield and died outside the hotel. Meanwhile, Sally did her best to help the Countess. Liz and Iris decided to use Ramona Royale to kill Elizabeth so they looked for some food for her and found that in Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe from AHS Coven) who came to the hotel. With the help of March, Queenie was killed and Ramona consumed her.
John’s final kill is Elizabeth and presented her head to March. He then left the hotel to be with his family, leaving a devasted Sally.
The hotel was then left under the management of Liz and Iris who urged the ghosts, especially Sally and Will to stop the killings. March agreed. Liz was dying because of prostate cancer and Elizabeth did the honors to kill her and turned her into a ghost. Liz reunited with her true love, Tristan. The Countess killed Tristan before because she is jealous that he had a relationship with Liz. As for Sally, Iris gave her an iPhone to distract her from her heartbreak and she became an internet sensation.
American Horror Story Hotel Episodes
|#||Episode||Original Air Date||DVD/Blu-Ray|
|501||Checking In||2015-10-07||Not available yet|
|502||Chutes and Ladders||2015-10-14||Not available yet|
|503||Mommy||2015-10-21||Not available yet|
|504||Devil's Night||2015-10-28||Not available yet|
|505||Room Service||2015-11-04||Not available yet|
|506||Room 33||2015-11-11||Not available yet|
|507||Flicker||2015-11-18||Not available yet|
|508||The Ten Commandments Killer||2015-12-02||Not available yet|
|509||She Wants Revenge||2015-12-09||Not available yet|
|510||She Gets Revenge||2015-12-16||Not available yet|
|511||Battle Royale||2016-01-06||Not available yet|
|512||Be Our Guest||2016-1-13||Not available yet|
Kathy Bates as Iris
Lennon Henry as Holden Lowe
Richard T. Jones as Det. Andrew Hahn
Shree Crooks as Scarlett Lowe
Lyric Lennon as Lachlan Drake
Jessica Belkin as Wren
Max Greenfield as Gabriel
Helena Mattsson as Agnetha
Kamilla Alnes as Vendela
Mädchen Amick as Mrs. Ellison
Anton Lee Starkman as Max Ellison
Christine Estabrook as Marcy
Darren Criss as Justin
Alexandra Daddario as Natacha Rambova
Mare Winningham as Hazel Evers
Finn Wittrock as Tristan Duffy and Rudolph Valentino
Naomi Campbell as Claudia Bankson
Lily Rabe as Aileen Wuornos
Gabourey Sidibe as Queenie
Roxana Brusso as Dr. Kohan
David Naughton as Mr. Samuels
John Carroll Lynch as John Wayne Gacy
Seth Gabel as Jeffrey Dahmer
Anthony Ruivivar as Richard Ramirez
Nico Evers-Swindell as Craig
Robert Knepper as Lieutenant
Jessica Lu as Babe
Kristen Ariza as Mrs. Pritchard
Mouzam Makkar as Nurse Leena
Matt Ross as Dr. Charles Montgomery
Charles Melton as Mr. Wu
David Barrera as Dr. Kaplan
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