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Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Ho­tel Mon­day, 9.30pm, Eleven

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Af­ter watch­ing this you’ll want to sleep with the lights on and a chair jammed against the door next time you stay in a ho­tel. In the fifth sea­son of this hor­ror an­thol­ogy se­ries, Lady Gaga stars as El­iz­a­beth — known as the Countess — a sev­eral hun­dred years old blood­suck­ing fash­ion­ista who owns a spooky ho­tel in down­town Los An­ge­les and is the mother of 10 vam­pire chil­dren. That alone should give you an idea of where this is go­ing. The first episode, Check­ing In, sees homi­cide de­tec­tive John Lowe in­ves­ti­gate a chain of grue­some mur­ders that finds him at the Ho­tel Cortez, home to some pretty un­usual guests. You’d think they couldn’t come much weirder than the Ad­dic­tion De­mon, who roams the ho­tel armed with a drill-bit dildo, but alas they do. There are ref­er­ences to the Ten Com­mand­ments, a lot of gore, the dead don’t al­ways stay dead, and fright­en­ing things hide un­der the beds. (Not the sort of thing you find on Tri­pAd­vi­sor.) Var­i­ous events at LA’s more no­to­ri­ous ho­tels were the in­spi­ra­tion for Ho­tel Cortez, but it’s a bit of a stretch to think cre­ator Ryan Mur­phy ( Glee, Scream Queens) came across any­thing quite like this. Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story has won 40 of its 171 award nom­i­na­tions in­clud­ing the Prime­time Emmy Award for out­stand­ing lead ac­tress in a minis­eries won by Jes­sica Lange, who starred in the pre­vi­ous four sea­sons.

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