Around March of this year, everyone was buzzing about the announcement of Lady Gaga and her involvement in American Horror Story Season 5 on FX. Fans had mixed reactions, some praising the directors for their diversity of casting and some saying that it's just a cheap gimmick to attract more viewers. I'm more on the side of attracting viewers because, who the heck doesn't want to see Lady Gaga on one the best horror television series, right?
First off, I am going to point out the flaws of this series. Because why not?
To be honest, I wasn't really satisfied with American Horror Story: Freak Show. It was because of the frequent mixture of ideas that seemed unimportant, but were given much highlight. And just when you think they'd settle for something, it would be gone in the next episode. This doesn't really help because it takes away something the viewers would have looked forward to in the next episodes. I don't know if this is accidental or the writers really wanted the story to become like that. Either ways, it was a bad thing.
Next is the deaths of characters. Most of the deaths in the series were completely stupid. The only deaths that were justifiable were the deaths in Season 1 because of the story's focus on the characters which helped build character development and caused viewers to like certain characters. The season which really has problems with death is my favorite season, Coven. Most of the deaths there were really unnecessary (I'm looking at you, Misty Day). It creates a message that says "So you like/hate this character? Let's kill him/her. And then revive them again for fun". It didn't help in making the plot better and it feels like most of them are fillers.
Next, let's look at the uniqueness of each season.
American Horror Story: Murder House was (according to Wikipedia) about infidelity. From the pilot, we can already infer that this series will feature a lot of steamy scenes. From the mistress, to the crying masturbation, to the old maid that becomes a hot maid and many more. This is probably something that the series is famous for.
The first season is about the midwife who did this crazy experiment to Infantata which started a string of murders. When you first look at the title, it feels a little cliche, right? But when you start to see its opening sequence, you will realize that this series have so much more to offer than you think. This series is also the birth of Jessica Lange fanatics. Once an actress that was not so famous for TV Series who suddenly becomes famous for her role in this. A fierce, fighting, strong woman who is the best symbol of feminism in the modern times. Her character here was beloved by almost everyone.
The ending of this season was well-received because of its justifiable ending. Although the Harmons end up dead inside the house with the other ghosts, it was still a good ending because they finally solved family issues and stuff that they didn't before the series. Also, Jessica Lange becomes a mother to the Antichrist who just killed its babysitter. "Now what am I gonna do with you?"
Tate Langdon: So that's your diagnosis? I'm a psychopath?
Dr. Ben Harmon: Yep, and the worst kind. You're charismatic and compelling and a pathological liar. But don't listen to me. I'm a total fraud. And by the way, therapy doesn't work.
The second season was about insanity. Given the title, again, it can be a little cliche. But don't expect cliche for a series like AHS. It featured a handless Adam Levine, lesbian Sarah Paulson, sex-craved Chloe Sevigny, a nun Jessica Lange and a devil-possed nun, Lily Rabe. It was one of the well-received series by both fans and critics. It features a lot of things about insanity, horrors in a closed-door facility, demons, aliens and those creepy insane zombies who feed on the dead patients.
This season was the definition of horror itself. The characters was also well justified because of their back stories and their goals in the season. Though it suffers through the issue of poorly-executed randomness, it got its forte with its powerhouse stars and a good conclusion.
Lana Winters: You don't have any idea of what I'm capable of.
Sister Jude Martin: Well, then, look at you, Ms. Lana Banana. Just remember if you look in the face of evil, evil's gonna look right back at you.
The third season was my personal favorite even though it was not that well-received by fans. For me, it was pure genius. White witches fighting black voodoo people? Who wouldn't want to watch that? It also shows how racism affects people (bravo to the makers for making such a message). It also features some nasty incest on it.
This season was a fun one considering that this is a season where the characters get powers to defend themselves (which is cool). There were some acting issues (specifically with Taissa Farmiga) because it was not that competent to be with stars like Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates on it but there were so many things going on that you will just forgive them for it.
Fiona: You know why I got a female attack dog?
Hank: Because bitches stick together?
Fiona: Because females are more loyal and aggressive when it comes to protecting their family.
The fourth is, as I said earlier, wasn't really good. It was filled with lots of fillers and there was nothing scary about it except for Twisty the freaking clown. Because of this, I can say that the fourth season was more of a thriller than a horror series.
Dell Toledo: I am a coward. Just can't take the shame of it no more being...what I am.
Ethel Darling: A freak.
Dell Toledo: As it turns out, yeah. I swear to Christ, Ethel, I don't know how you and the others manage it.
Ethel Darling: We manage it because we have to. We wear our shame on the outside. There's no hiding it. It's just who we are. Now, you you carry your shame on the inside. You keep it trapped in there. It eats away at you, feeding on you like a living thing, till there's nothing left but the rot.
So there you have it. Every season in easy to read paragraphs.
Now, let's go to American Horror Story Season 5: Hotel. First of all, we all know already that the setting is a hotel. Pretty generic right? A very good setting for a suspense movie but not so much interesting for horror except if the hotel is abandoned. Now, we all know that AHS is a balance of thriller and horror. We can see this in every season especially Asylum.
Now, what do you think are the aliens and the nuns of Asylum in Hotel? What do you think is the monster (Twisty The Clown, Infantata, Minotaur and Zombies) for this season?
Also, maybe there will be something related to music considering the fact that the character names (unofficial) in IMDB is (singer #1, etc) and also the fact that Lady Gaga is in there. An example is "The Name Game" from Asylum which was EPIC!
Now, my theory is that there will be a killer (Evans maybe?) who kills the guests of the hotel because of some dark secret. Pretty shallow right? I'm sure that they will be able to formulate something wild considering that fact that American Horror Story never fails to bring something unique to their stories. All I can say is that there will be music, killing, sex, horror, monsters and cat fights.
Now, if in your case, you might be reading this at the time that the AHS: Hotel pilot will be already released, get ready for another long post about it. Maybe complaints? Maybe praises? I don't know. But one thing's for sure, there will be something unique about it. Afterall, it is what AHS is famous for.