AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL
released 3 OCtOber 2015 | 18 | blu-ray/dVd/download
Creator ryan murphy Cast lady Gaga, sarah paulson, Kathy bates, angela bassett
American Horror Story: Hotel isn’t for everyone. As a franchise, AHS’s only consistency is its inconsistency, and Hotel’s even more all-over-the-place than usual. It’s almost as if the soul of the hotel setting has possessed the narrative, throwing in transient characters and overnight ideas, creating a plot as varied and disconnected as a B&B guestbook.
The closest thing to a main narrative revolves around Detective John Lowe (Wes Bentley) and his search for the identity of a mysterious killer who is linked to LA’s Hotel Cortez, a place with its own dark past, present and future.
But that set-up is misleading. Despite the Shining references, this Hotel’s more overcooked than the Overlook, with ghosts, vampires, evil babies and blaxploitation clichés running around its halls.
When the show works, it’s fantastic – with one-off episodes such as “Devil’s Night” (famous serial killers meet for dinner) and “Flicker” (backstory of Lady Gaga’s Countess character) stand-outs. And there’s a reason this show is consistently nominated for Golden Globes for acting: the performances are astonishing, with Evan Peters’ serial killer ghost Mr March and Denis O’Hare’s transgender bartender Liz particularly worthy of praise. These performances equal the best of both actors’ careers, but they feel like they’re in completely different shows.
So, while Hotel may be as soulless as a stay on the Las Vegas Strip, it’s still worth a visit. You just wouldn’t want to live there…
Extras Two short featurettes: one looks at the Cortez set, while the other goes behind the scenes on “Devil’s Night”. Sam Ashurst
Gaga marked her first week’s filming with a party. She had black lace curtains hung, and her swimming pool dyed blood red…
Gaga and Tony Bennett: wadda duo!