Five seasons in, American Horror Story still knows how to get the blood pumping, even without Jessica Lange.
The series returns to its “haunted” roots from season one, but this time the scene is a haunted hotel, where a motley assortment of humans, ghosts and vampires find refuge, incarceration and (just maybe) salvation. AHS’s great power as a show is creating portraits of outsiders with lives (and deaths) so extreme that ever-more-marginalized characters may take center stage. This season includes Kathy Bates embodying the painful invisibility of a woman of a certain age, the exceptional Dennis O’Hare as a woman trapped in a man’s body, and Matt Bomer (pictured) — for whom betrayal is a way of life and death. The cherry on top of creator Ryan Murphy’s bloody sundae is Lady Gaga, displaying considerable acting ability as a queenly vampire, appropriately collecting little monsters. THE WORD: Once you’ve finished your stay in Hotel, AHS’ next season debuts on FX as of September 14. WHERE TO WATCH: Home Video
Now that the shrouded-in-mystery sixth season of American Horror Story has arrived, we want to know which previous season of the spooky series gave you the best shivers?
- The families that slay together in Murder House.
- The secrets hidden behind the walls of Asylum.
- The wicked witches in Coven.
- The twisted outsiders from Freak Show.
- The bloodthirsty immortals of Hotel.
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Last modified: July 28, 2017