I’m not really sure how I feel about the American Horror Story Hotel finale but I do know that it certainly did not meet my expectations. Out of the five seasons, I’d say this was probably my least favorite season and my least favorite finale and I think I would have gone in a completely different direction if I had been writing for this show. While there was some touching moments, this finale just felt really bizarre, even for American Horror Story. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of this series, I just think a lot of the stories this season were left open in the end. Not only that but there was a lot of characters that didn’t even need to be there in the first place. Addiction demon, anyone? Clearly, that was the most pointless inclusion as none of it was explained.
Liz Taylor and Sally were clearly the stars of the season and it was great to see them take center stage for most of the finale but I can’t help but feel a little empty after this. In fact, I’d suggest that my own ending that I came up with in my head as the finale rolled would have been much more satisfying. I’m not really sure why we had to go back to Devil’s Night for another serial killer soiree and I don’t think this paid off in the end. Further, this was very similar to what happened at the end of Murder House, with all of our ghosties remaining on the property to live out the rest of eternity. Except Queenie who, for some reason, was not a ghost even though she was murdered in the Hotel Cortez. I’m having trouble understanding why she wasn’t around, chillin’ with the rest of the ghosts.
For me, my favorite scene of the finale came when Liz Taylor made the decision to end her life after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. It was a rather happy moment considering this is American Horror Story and I think having the Countess be the one to take her life was appropriate. That entire scene definitely deserves some recognition because it was phenomenal in every way. The rest of the episode…well, I still don’t know what to think of it all. Enjoy the review, fellow guests!
Now that is how you connect the seasons! American Horror Story Hotel just blew my mind. Is there any other show that could possibly feature a witch, a ghost and a vampire in a battle royale? I did NOT see that coming and I guarantee you didn’t either. Queenie’s arrival perfectly connected Coven to Hotel but there were a lot more connections than that. Simply put, this episode was genius in every way and I’m beyond excited to see things wrap up on finale night.
Battle Royale said goodbye to many of our characters and, for the most part, I didn’t really care to see them go. Oddly enough, I was more upset about the death of a character from a previous season. The characters who met their end from Hotel all got what they deserved so it was hard for me to feel any remorse for their deaths. Ultimately, I was more upset about Iris, Ms. Evers and Queenie than I was about Donovan and the Countess.
With only one episode left, there are still a lot of loose ends that need to be wrapped up. For one, I would like to know why the people who die on the property come back as ghosts. This was never explained and I am hoping the finale will give us a bit more info regarding this. Secondly, I was really hoping to see more of the Addiction Demon but this entire story has been a huge letdown up to this point. There has been no explanation and I’m failing to see the point of even introducing this demon considering how little its been used throughout the season.
Still, this episode was everything I have come to expect from this series and was, in my opinion, one of the best episodes of the season. The connections were many and have my head spinning because I can’t help but think there is much much more going on with respect to every character in the series. So let’s turn on some grunge music, grab a needle and thread and sew ourselves to the couch. Enjoy the review, fellow guests.
American Horror Story Hotel continued its story of revenge but She Gets Revenge also had a “feel good” vibe to it, mainly because of Liz Taylor. In a world that is full of death and horror, it’s always refreshing to see the other side of the coin and watching Liz’s reunion with her son was literally where puppies, kittens and love comes from.
Of course, it was not a good day for Valentino and Natacha who met their untimely end. For them, this must have totally sucked considering they JUST got out of their prison cell in the Hotel Cortez only to be killed a couple of weeks later. It was impossible for me to feel bad for the Countess, however, considering how much shit she’s put everyone through. The ending was extremely satisfying for me because Liz and Iris deserve a happy ending and I can only hope that they ended up hitting their targets. How cool would it be for the Hotel Cortez to be under new management at the end of the season with Liz, Iris and Ms. Evers becoming the new owners? Admit it, this would be epic in every way!
And while I have been disappointed with the lack of connections to previous seasons, it looks like that is about to change big time in our final three episodes. Sure, we’ve seen the Murder House and Dr. Montgomery and Marcy came back briefly so she could be murdered but I want MOAR! And based on the promo for the next episode, a fan favorite from Coven could be on her way back! While we don’t know if she is playing a new character, Gabourey Sidibe is in the HOUSE and looks to be reprising her role as Queenie. Let’s all hope that this is the case because that would be totally awesome and unexpected in every way!
It feels like Christmas morning so grab some appetizers, make yourself a tribute video for your three Instagram followers and enjoy the review, fellow guests!
American Horror Story Hotel served us up some sweet revenge and all of our stories are finally starting to come together. The vamp kids, Ramona Royale, Valentino and even baby Bartholomew returned in She Wants Revenge and things are really starting to get messed up at the Hotel Cortez. Plus, that bat shit crazy ending was everything I could have asked for.
Ramona’s back story was the perfect example of what this series does well and, as sad and tragic as it was, it’s these types of tales that I love the most. Great shows make us feel for our characters and how could anyone not have a tear in their eye after watching what happened to Ms. Royale. Of course, she’s not exactly in the best situation after that insane ending but at least she’s got some friends on her side now after the Countess pretty much fucked over every single friend and lover in her life. Even Ms. Evers has some beef with the Countess! Guess she’s going to have to do her own laundry from now on!
She Wants Revenge had a bit of everything including some pretty amazing dialogue and it seems like we’re getting ready for a showdown between The Countess and everybody else. One thing is certain…The Countess does not deserve to survive this season. She’s a terrible person all around and, much like Jessica Lange’s Fiona Goode from Coven, I think she’s going to get what she deserves in the end. Enjoy the review, fellow guests.
American Horror Story Hotel finally put the mystery of the Ten Commandments Killer to rest and it surprised the living shit out of no one. I was utterly disappointed with the direction of this episode and it was certainly not worth waiting half the season to find out that John is actually the killer. Am I really supposed to believe that this guy didn’t remember a thing he was doing over the last five years? The results were not what I wanted, not what I expected and certainly not even bat shit crazy.
John hasn’t exactly been the most entertaining character up to this point and now that it has been revealed that he’s a serial murderer, maybe he’ll finally be the super villain that this season so desperately needs. Mr. March, while being the most prolific serial killer in America, can’t even leave the hotel due to his ghost status and who in the hell knows what’s up with Sally and her pet demon. At least we can finally move forward with Mr. March and John teaming up to put the finishing touches on that trophy collection that has been collecting dust since the ’20s.
And where in the hell has Angela Bassett been all season? Seriously, that might be the biggest disappointment of the season so far. Bassett absolutely crushed it as Marie Laveau and Desiree Dupree and I’m super disappointed that we have barely seen Ramona Royale through the first eight episodes. Talk about under utilizing some amazing talent. At the end of the day, The Ten Commandments Killer was a disappointment for a series that is usually full of surprises. Sadly, this was not a surprise at all. Enjoy the review, fellow guests!
What in the fucking fuck just happened? Zombie vampires? A hallway with no exits? Mr. March and The Countess? American Horror Story Hotel went in a completely different direction for the thousandth time and there is so much going on, I have no idea how this is going to sort itself out. Ramona, Iris and Donovan are trying to kill The Countess, vamp kids are on the loose in the city because of Alex, Sarah Paulson is no where to be found and absolutely none of this was addressed in Flicker. We did, however, learn exactly what happened to The Countess and how she was given immortality way back in the roaring ’20s.
I love these flashback-heavy episodes. They always seem to reveal a lot about our characters and this episode was mostly about The Countess and Mr. March. As a stand-alone story, I absolutely loved how Mr. March handled the situation because who doesn’t love watching people get trapped on a floor with no exits. We also found out how The Countess met her first love and how she ended up with Mr. March in the first place. It was an hour-long history lesson as some of our characters from the ’20s were actually real people with real lives and, once again, American Horror Story Hotel found a way to include real life individuals into the story. Good job, show!
We also learned a little more about this ancient virus that has infected three quarters of the cast but, at the end of the day, it was a pretty lame explanation and my only major complaint about this episode. If you’re going to explain something, I want the FULL origin story, not just how the damn virus got to America. And no, I don’t care if we have to go all the way back to 740 A.D. to get these answers. Like Nike, just do it!
Still, it was pretty cool watching the past and the present connect and once again American Horror Story is taking bat shit crazy to a whole new level. Enjoy the review, fellow guests.
As soon as we rolled up to the Murder House, I just knew this was going to be something special. American Horror Story Hotel just blew my mind yet again by taking us back to the Murder House in 1926 when the Montgomery’s were running a home abortion clinic out of their basement. Charles Montgomery returned to the action as well, this time for a meeting with The Countess, and it was oh so good to finally go back to the house that started it all.
But wait, there’s more. A lot more. So much shit went down during Room 33 and our story has changed dramatically since we checked in. One of our main characters ended up very dead at the end and even the Swedish Meatballs returned for some fun at the Hotel Cortez. And really, isn’t that why we all got hooked in the first place? This series is very good at telling a story and they can literally change up an entire season with one episode. I love the unpredictability and I especially love watching these stories take a turn for the bat shit crazy. Room 33 was one of those episodes.
Plus we also learned a whole lot more about the thing that lives in Room 33 and it made a lot of sense, even with the 1926 connection to Murder House. I was surprised and entertained throughout this episode although I will admit there are some stories that are getting a little too repetitive for my liking, right John Lowe?
Still, Room 33 may have been the best episode of the season up to this point. So quick, get aboard the crazy train (or the Fast and Furious ride if you prefer) and enjoy the review, fellow guests.
American Horror Story Hotel has done it again and I will never order room service ever. This time we finally got to learn more about Liz Taylor’s past and surprisingly, this story had a much happier ending than what we are normally used to. Of course, there was no happy ending in sight at Marva Jones Middle School where the faculty was on the menu. I never know what to expect when I sit down and watch any episode of this series and Room Service was one of those episodes that really piqued my interest big time.
I think this show is at its best when it’s focusing on only a few characters and that was what made this episode truly memorable for me. I think Denis O’Hare’s Liz Taylor is one of the best characters this series has come up with and you certainly don’t have to be a cross-dresser to relate to his story. People can really suck sometimes and society is even worse, forcing a lot of us to become someone we’re not. Watching the Countess empower Nick to transform into the fabulous Liz Taylor should teach us all a lesson: BE YOURSELF! You will never be truly happy if you ignore who you are and, as the Countess says, your life will be forever suffering.
I simply loved this episode because of how unexpectedly good the story was. Not only that, those vamp kids are terrifying in every way. Everyone will remember the episode that focused solely on Pepper from last season and these types of episodes always seem to work well. I’d suggest ordering some room service but that may not be the best idea so let’s just have a blood martini with a dash of triple sec instead and enjoy the review, fellow guests!
American Horror Story Hotel just fucking serial murdered everyone and it was one of the most insanely satisfying things I have ever seen. Should I be disgusted with myself for enjoying this glorification of America’s most notorious serial killers? Probably but this was so bat shit fucking crazy that you couldn’t help but say to yourself “I know how f’d up this is but I have never seen anything like this on television in my life so fuck it, I’m all in.” And in we were.
Lily Rabe, one of my favorites on this series, completely murdered the role of Aileen Wuornos in a spectacular way. The beer guzzling, mullet sporting Aileen could not have been a more perfect addition to the Devil’s Night festivities and pretty much everything Lily said and did was instantly classic. Now, I’m not one to support real life serial killers because that shit be crazy but this made for an unbelievably twisted hour of television.
Richard Ramirez, John Wayne Gacy (played by John Carroll Lynch who also played another clown you might remember from Freak Show), the Zodiac killer and Jeffrey Dahmer were all present for this serial killer soiree and I swear nothing else mattered once dinner started. I literally could have never predicted things to play out like this but I’m certainly glad they did because this might have been one of the best episodes we have seen from American Horror Story so far. Enjoy the review, fellow guests.
I think my expectations for American Horror Story Hotel have become overwhelmingly high after watching the first two episodes because the latest episode, titled Mommy, didn’t seem to meet my expectations. Obviously we can’t expect every single episode of this series to be amazeballs and Mommy certainly didn’t live up to the hype that the previous episodes created.
There was a couple of good moments such as Chloe Sevigny’s opening monologue and the introduction of Ramona Royale, played by the sensational Angela Bassett, but other than that, there wasn’t a whole lot going on here. We didn’t learn anything new about the Ten Commandments Killer or the Vampire Kids and it really felt like this episode was setting things up for the long haul more than anything else. I also don’t like how everyone in the Hotel seems to have contracted the virus. You would think being able to provide people with immortality would be something you don’t just hand out like candy but it looked as though everyone is jumping on the vampire express these days.
Is anybody even alive or mortal in this hotel? The answer seems to be no and I’m not sure how this is all going to work if half the cast can’t even die because they are already dead. Also, it seems pretty obvious to me at this point that anyone who has contracted the virus that gives them immortality is sure to end up getting murdered at some point since that’s the only way they can die. Now quickly, make Ms. Evers proud, put a load of laundry in and enjoy the review, fellow guests.
Another Wednesday, another night spent in the Hotel Cortez. American Horror Story Hotel took murder to a whole new level and we took a trip back in time to when the original creator, James Patrick March, built this death trap. Played by Evan Peters, it looks like Mr. March’s story is based off of a real life serial killer named H. H. Holmes, one of the first documented serial killers in America. He was known for building the World’s Fair Hotel in Chicago, dubbed ‘The Castle’ by locals, and it involved many strange constructions such as windowless rooms, doorways leading to brick walls and stairways leading to nowhere. Chutes and Ladders took us on a ride back to 1925 where we have the displeasure of meeting Mr. March and this was easily the greatest part of the episode.
We’re only two episodes in and so far Iris and Sally have stole the show (and big props to Ms. Evers too). Gaga’s Countess had some awesome moments in the premiere but it was more of a repeat performance the second time around and I have to admit, I’m already sick of these murder sex scenes so hopefully that will be the last we see of them for awhile.
Personally, I love how the hotel setting has worked out. We get to take a trip through time this season with flashbacks of our characters and how they ended up at the Hotel Cortez and I’m all for it. I can’t think of many other series which will give us throwbacks to a variety of different decades. On top of that, I love how the story is moving along with the quick pace it always does. Things are happening and that is good. Plus this season is super dark which we haven’t seen since the Asylum days. It kinda makes me want to go back to the Freak Show but I welcome the change with open arms.
So grab a ginger ale and relax because you’re about to spend another night in the hallways of the Hotel Cortez. Enjoy the review, fellow guests!
There are only three words that sum up the premiere of American Horror Story Hotel…Holy. Fucking. Shit. Never in my wildest dreams could I have predicted an opening episode quite like this. The Hotel Cortez looked absolutely stunning, the characters were just bat shit crazy and there was even an awesome connection to Season 1’s Murder House! Oh, and The Eagles hit jam Hotel California. I literally have no words. This was easily the darkest, most insane premiere since Asylum and that is saying a lot.
The Hotel Cortez was brought to life throughout the premiere. It’s almost as if the setting is its own character in a way and that’s what makes American Horror Story work so well. Every season is something new and instantly gives the series a completely fresh vibe. Hotel followed this trend perfectly and this might be the most extravagant setting yet.
The other nifty thing about this season is that it’s taking place in present time. American Horror Story seems to be following a pattern with time jumps as you’ll remember that Murder House, Coven and now Hotel all take place in the present while Asylum and Freak Show look place in the past. This works so well because each season goes back and forth and it was very refreshing to have our story take place in today’s modern world once again.
Fellow guests…I welcome you to embark on a journey through the hallways of the Hotel Cortez. But be warned…once you check in, you can never check out. And that’s probably a good thing. Enjoy the review.