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American Horror Story: Hotel Premiere Review


Over the last few years, FX has been redefining television horror with their hit limited series: American Horror Story. This year, they are moving in to a hotel for their latest installment of the series – American Horror Story: Hotel. We were fortunate enough to get an invite to the premiere last night, along with many of the top-billed cast members, and it’s safe to say that Hotel will be continuing with the mature content and bloody violence that you have come to expect from this groundbreaking show.




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The episode opens with two Swedish girls visiting the hotel, and getting less than exceptional service from American Horror Story regular Kathy Bates, who plays the receptionist at the Hotel. After a series of violent crimes, a police detective (Wes Bentley), is called to the Hotel to investigate. From there, Bentley is established as the protagonist, as we explore his family life and work at the police force.   A series of graphic scenes take over that give the viewers a good insight as to what is to come with the series. This includes a six-minute scene with Matt Bomer and the stand out star of the season, Lady Gaga, that is similar to a music video with little to no dialogue, yet still intriguing and attention-grabbing action.   One of my initial concerns with the premiere was that the only linear story telling and season long story arc was going to center around Bentley and his family. However, the second half of the episode delves into some of the residents of the Hotel that commit some of these scary crimes, and shows how they ended up getting to the Hotel. This was a pleasant surprise, as originally I feared that the season would be filled with one note horrible encounters with little to no background on information on these specific characters.  

In attendance for the screening were the aforementioned Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, as well as Naomi Campbell, Max Greenfield, Matt Bomer, and more! After the screening, we went to an amazing afterparty in the heart of downtown LA that featured artwork from the show, as well as fake body parts and bloody hand prints sprawled throughout the scenery.


The promo material for American Horror Story: Hotel hasn’t revealed much in order to maintain an aura of mystery around the show, so we won’t be posting any spoilers. We will say that the premiere has certainly piqued the interest of this writer, who has watched little to no previous seasons of the show. Be sure to tune in Wednesday night, October 7, to FX for the premiere of American Horror Story: Hotel!



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I grew up in the south, raised watching TV, Movies, and Sports. Entertainment is my life, and I can't imagine what my life would be like without it. I'm a USC grad, and proud to be a Trojan for life! Some of my favorite shows include South Park, Always Sunny, Dexter, and How I Met Your Mother, which I write a weekly recap of here. I also play and report on poker for a living. Its a hard way to make an easy living!