Every season, American Horror Story gives fans plenty of naughtier-than-thou moments to holler and hoot at, and there are usually one or two scenes bizarre enough to truly stand out from anything else in the medium or genre. For Hotel, that scene arrived in the Halloween episode "Devil's Night," which came to a multi-headed climax at a completely bonkers dinner party filled with infamous serial killers like Aileen Wuornos and John Wayne Gacy. Below, you'll find an exclusive clip from the soon-to-be-released American Horror Story: Hotel Blu-ray, in which the cast and crew talk about putting that scene together.
Halloween is always a grand time on American Horror Story, and Hotel gave some truly scary people the limelight for this dinner party. Lily Rabe made one of her two appearances of the season as executed serial killer Aileen Wuornos, John Carroll Lynch (who played Twisty the Clown in Freak Show) returned as John Wayne Gacy, Fringe's Seth Gabel played necrophile Jeffrey Dahmer, Third Watch's Anthony Ruivivar was the violent sadist Richard Ramirez and [name redacted] as The Zodiac Killer. (Spooky music.) And, of course, Evan Peters as the always captivating James March, the hotel's resident put-together maniac. This series has put true stories and real people within its narratives before - remember the Axeman? - but this was just madness on every level.
This grouping, which kind of equates to the Avengers of the murderous deviant world, was hinted at nicely throughout the episode, all starting with the groovy Ramirez. So it's great that Anthony Ruivivar gets a lot to say here, as do Lily Rabe and Seth Gabel. I would love to hear each of them talk at length about what it means to them to get in the headspace of such heinous people that have managed to amass cult followings for their crimes. Or what it was like for John Carroll Lynch to have to wear that shit-tay mustache.
Don't get me wrong, there were plenty of other truly out there scenes in American Horror Story: Hotel, from Lady Gaga's blood-soaked sexual escapades to just about everything in the season premiere, but the series' surreal strengths were showcased best in this episode via these empathy-free monsters and their feasting on not just food and spirits, but also that one dude that everyone stabs a bunch of times. Not a good Halloween for him at all. Hopefully we get to hear more about the rest of the scene on the Blu-ray; I could also do with lots of outtakes.
Speaking of, American Horror Story: Hotel will make its long-awaited debut on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, October 4. The three-disc set will come with all twelve episodes of the season, complete with a couple of extras. One is, of course, the "Invitation to Devil's Night" featurette that we've covered part of already, and the central location is the focus of the other, "The Cortez: An Era of Elegance Gone By." Pre-order the Blu-ray (or order it, depending on when you're reading this) on Amazon, and relive the magnificence of Denis O'Hare's Liz Taylor for the rest of time.
We have yet to see what American Horror Story: Roanoke will give us as far as its high-mark moment, but I'm betting it's tied to that giant twist coming soon. The new season airs Wednesday nights on FX at 10:00 p.m. ET. To see what shows are coming before and after Halloween haunts up your televisions, check out our fall premiere schedule.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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