American Horror Story: Hotel: Could the 10 Commandments Serial Killer Be John …

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American Horror Story: Hotel: Could the 10 Commandments Serial Killer Be John Lowe Himself?.

“American Horror Story” revels in its Halloween episodes; after all, it is a horror show in prime October scheduling. Tonight’s episode of showed us the (chilling) backstory as to why The Countess (Lady Gaga) abducted Holden, a dinner party from Hell and what has to be an Emmy-winning performance for Lily Rabe playing serial killer Aileen Wuornos. 1.When Wes Bentley first appeared on “American Horror Story: Freak Show” in the recurring role of Edward Mordrake, he was allowed to keep his clothes on.

American Horror Story’s Halloween episodes tend to be events that blend past and present in effective ways that are often shocking, revolting, spooky and — occasionally — surprisingly sorrowful. And while episode four of “Hotel,” “Devil’s Night,” was a bit shorter than the previous episodes this season, it brought out some very devious special guests. The last couple of seasons have fallen into an unfortunate rhythm: energetic, totally wild premieres followed by mediocre, tedious episodes that feel more trash than trashy treasure. In order to reunite with the “love of her life” Holden, Alex allowed The Countess to feed her the ancient blood virus in exchange to her “undying loyalty.” All well and good but…Anyone else feeling bad for poor Scarlet?

The most unexpected turn, though, seemed to be the apparent takedown of the country’s fascination with the murderers near the end, as James March (Evan Peters) praised them for living his “American Dream.” But first thing’s first: Holden is home. Bates got to see Gaga make her spectacularly glamorous entrance — which of course involved descending a curved staircase, “looking through [Bates’] soul” all the while — bedecked in such Lady Gaga staples as fishnet stockings, a thong, a Cleopatra diamond collar, and her hair in the style of Veronica Lake.

I said this before, but after four seasons with American Horror Story, the greatest fear it’s instilled is the concern that perhaps our familiarity with Ryan Murphy’s antics has produced a sort of general apathy — there’s so much going on in each episode, but nothing feels particularly shocking or exciting anymore, much less genuinely spooky. “Devil’s Night” is the kind of episode that makes you forget all of that. AHS mastermind Ryan Murphy was similarly awestruck by Gaga’s hosting duties. “The thing about her that I love is that she doesn’t disappoint,” he previously told EW. “Like the other night was a perfect example: She wanted to get together with the cast and she had a decorator come to the house and transport it with black lace curtains and horror themes and she had dyed the pool blood red. And that’s what AHS is: it’s not actually horror; it’s Murphy taking horror’s design elements and repurposing them the way someone picks over antiques or vintage fashion and deconstructs it to make something that references an original while functioning as an independent object. John Lowe (Wes Bentley) took a 5-second call while his son Holden was on a merry-go-round, and Mother Monster considered that “neglect” so devastating, it would lead to a “tragic, wasted life.” She also believes she has “saved” all her children and brought them to the Hotel to keep them “safe.” All of this—combined with Hazel’s (Mare Wittingham’s) child-abduction backstory is disturbing enough to make any parent smash their phone into a thousand pieces and start carrying even their largest children in Baby Bjorns.

We talk about it often.” The “AHS” set is the sort of place where extras have names like “Man Nailed to Headboard” and the “weirdest things” are overheard, Bentley says. “One time I heard someone ask, ‘Should I chew on his liver before I kill him?’” And then there’s the blood: gallons of the fake stuff that flows from exit wounds, slit throats and severed arteries. March throwing his annual Devil’s Night dinner party, inviting only the most elite serial killers to the table: Richard Ramirez (aka the Night Stalker), Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Aileen Wuornos and the Zodiac Killer join him at the table, along with good ol’ Detective Downer.

Although it all sounds rather nasty, Bentley says the inconveniences are worth it for a chance to work on “the most creative show on television in every department.” One thing you have to say about the show: the cast, which has included Oscar winners Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates — and features Lady Gaga this season — is incredibly loyal to creator Ryan Murphy. I find that a breath of fresh air and so inspiring.” Bentley’s stint on the show also allows him to rebuild the career that started off with such fanfare when he played artistic teenager Ricky Fitts in the 1999 movie “American Beauty” but stalled thereafter as Bentley battled a serious drug addiction that cost him his first marriage to actress Jennifer Quanz. “At 20, I was too young and too unprepared for stardom. The biggest issue this season is with the divide between camp and playing it straight, which is why every time someone like O’Hare or Evan Peters’ Mr. March is on screen the entire series jolts alive as if its Frankenstein-esque patchwork corpse of horror references has been suddenly given a blast of creative lightning. She apparently kidnapped Holden because “the world can be such a dangerous place,” though does the Countess really act outside of her own interests?

She also manages to drop one of the coldest lines in the show thus far. “You say the same about your husband,” the Countess responds, likely digging a deep cut into Alex. I didn’t know who I was.” Sober six years now, he knows who he is: happily married to producer Jacqui Swedberg and the father of a son, Charlie, 5, and a daughter, Brooklyn, just 16 months old. Bentley speaks openly about his recovery and hopes one day he can formally help other artists with the same demons. “Mostly I want to speak to young artists who might think they should do drugs because they’re creative,” he says. “It’s something I fell into.

John Carroll Lynch (Freak Show’s Twisty) returns as another demented clown, this time playing Gacy with aw shucks reserve and a twisted twinkle in his eye. Seth Gabel (Fringe) does a serviceable Jeffrey Dahmer, whose nebbish behavior is cringe-worthy enough, while Anthony Ruivivar’s Ramirez is snakelike-cool. It brings America’s deadliest serial killers into town for one night, the first of whom we meet is Aileen Wournos. “AHS” veteran Lily Rabe makes her debut in the episode as Wournos, a woman who killed seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990.

For the time being, I’m still sticking with the theory that Alex is the offspring of The Countess (Gaga was recently seen wearing a baby bump). But it’s Peters I keep going back to, and between his zealous performance and Murphy’s continued strength in flashback sequences, I can’t help but wish for a couple of things: for a season of AHS entirely devoted to an older period, and one that has more of a central focus. While he tells her at least she knows what happened to her son, she says she really does not, as all they had was the sheet from his costume covered in blood. Rabe embraces the challenge with pure, unhinged insanity pouring out of her performance as she seduces a drunken John, who’s now apparently back to drinking after swearing off booze.

Imagine one set in the ‘80s, where Murphy seems to live this year (between Hotel and Scream Queens, I’m pretty sure he just discovered the era). “Devil’s Night” pulls off the neat Halloween trick (or is it a treat?) of actually entertaining its audience, but it’s those same positive attributes that come back to haunt the series when the episode ends and I reflect on what it did right — and how those right things show just how much is wrong with the rest of it. With two mothers that have lost their children under mysterious circumstances and a pseudo-mother in The Countess, it would seem that familial drama is another aspect of the Hotel Cortez. What if he didn’t take his eyes off Holden for 5 seconds on that carousel but rather 5 minutes while having some sort of psychotic break? (In case you can’t tell, I CANNOT get over the phone thing. #NightmaresForDays) 4.

For “dessert,” Sally brings in a man she found on the street and drugged, in exchange for being left alone for a year (and for someone who has preached compassion, she clearly only looks out for herself). March gives an impassioned speech to the killers about how successful they are, pointing out that they’ve had books written about them and movies based on them. “Johnny Depp likes my paintings,” says Gacy with glee.

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