‘American Horror Story’ Season 5 Episode 4: The Tutor of Torture

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‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ celebrates ‘Devil’s Night’ with a killer dinner party.

Detective and Doctor Lowe are not having a good time of it. Much has been made about Lady Gaga’s seemingly endless trysts during her American Horror Story tenure thus far, and her list of lovers grew by one more in the latest episode, “Devil’s Night.” The notorious murderer, whose story was the basis for a 2003 film for which Charlize Theron won an Oscar, is one of several departed death dealers inhabiting the halls of the Hotel Cortez on the night before Halloween — “the event of the season,” according to Cortez mainstay Liz Taylor.And Lady Gaga’s character The Countess used the boy to lure Chloe Sevigny’s character Alex Lowe into her clutches before turning her into a vampire on American Horror Story: Hotel on Wednesday.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 Alex admitted she could not face face losing her son, who had himself become a member of the undead, the pair kissed, before the vampire queen slashed open her chest with a knifed glove and let her drink her blood The Countess insisted that she was allowed to leave and predicted she would ‘never risk losing her one true love,’ a deduction that proved to be entirely correct.

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 price for her new, eternal vitality is simple: “undying loyalty.” Whether her estranged husband will notice her new immortality, and employer, remains to be seen.

March views them all as equals, and yet, he seems especially infatuated with a man who quickly becomes the guest of honor: John Lowe, the detective living in the hotel, looking for the elusive Ten Commandments Killer. The macabre show paid tribute to notorious murderers such as Jeffrey Dahmer, Night Stalker Richard Ramirez, Zodiac Killer, ‘Killer Clown’ John Wayne Gacy and Aileen Wuornos on its Halloween episode. 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 blood-thirsty episode saw Dahmer drill through a victims skull and turn him into a zombie in front of a disbelieving police officer John Lowe who tried unsuccessfully to shoot him dead. 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. But a deeper examination of his words, combined with a quick look at the guest list, collide in one possible reality that both viewers and Lowe might need to consider: Does he have more in common with the Devil’s Night diners than he’d care to admit? For now, Lowe remains in the dark, fueled by multiple martinis and a healthy dose of absinthe, waking up from the nightmarish dinner with vivid memories of ethereal killers carving up human meat as appetizer and dessert alike. Ramirez asked if Charles Manson would join them only to be told that he was still serving his prison sentence, before he broke into the room to find two ‘presents’ – tourists from Arizona – in bed. 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.

The story is the same as that of the infamous Wineville Chicken Coop murders in which 19 boys and young men were abducted and murdered between 1926 and 1928. 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.

I’m your protector.” But as she escorts him away from the evening, we see the room come alive again, March literally chomping his teeth at the lingering scent of Lowe — a meal, and maybe a murder, for another day. But this week, we saw that the reunion wasn’t so happy — especially not for the Lowe family’s dog, killed and drained by a very thirsty, very vampiric Holden. During the dinner a victim was brought out for Dahmer but Lowe was too far under the influence of absinthe and Gacy handcuffed him to his chair so he could not intervene. Alex is resistant at first, but by episode’s end, she becomes the latest mortal to kiss the Countess’ bloody bosom, becoming another one of her loyal lovers — and taking one more step toward an eternal reunion with her long lost lavender-scented son. 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. March when his guest recoils at the evening’s festivities, “but John is clearly not yet our kind.” (With all of John’s blacking out and hallucinating, let us hope that his story line isn’t headed toward an end in which he finishes what one presumes is Mr.

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 http://www.eonline.com/news/708941/american-horror-story-hotel-s-biggest-reveals-and-theories-could-alex-be-the-countess-offspring that Alex is the offspring of The Countess (Gaga was recently seen wearing a baby bump). 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.

Like the “Iliad,” your stories live on forever.” A critique of American culture and the way we glorify, even fetishize serial killers, as if they are demented rock stars, would not be without merit. John thinks it’s a Halloween costume, but he’ll learn that he’s sorely mistaken. “You try to take something from Aileen Wuornos, and I swear to Jesus H. Viewers might also remember in season three, a snide joke about the New Orleans mansion of the sadistic Delphine Lalaurie, a real woman who tortured and murdered slaves in the mid-1800s, “Wasn’t this house owned by the guy in ‘Face Off’?” We are, it’s true, still “enthralled;” even as the episode aired, Tweets pinged back and forth over who at Mr. March’s serial killer soiree was everyone’s “favorite.” Yet the hypocrisy of having such a dark condemnation of our unquenchable thirst for violence as entertainment come from “Hotel” was as hard to swallow as an amuse-bouche that’s still breathing. After all, this episode gave us fake Jeffrey Dahmer drilling, and then injecting poison, into the brain of a young man, draped only in a towel, exactly as the real Jeffrey Dahmer did to one of his actual victims, a young boy named Konerak Sinthasomphone.

Along with March and Wournos sits Gacy (“Freak Show’s” terrifying John Carroll Lynch), Dahmer (Seth Gabel), Richard Ramirez (Anthony Ruiviviar) and the Zodiac killer. 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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