As the October 7th premiere draws closer and closer, we're learning intriguing details about American Horror Story: Hotel, and they all point to a particularly debauched season in the best possible way. One character in particular is about to haunt me for weeks, and he's got one strange attribute that will undoubtedly lead to one of the most shocking moments in the show's history.
I'm always surprised by what Ryan Murphy and Co. can get away with on American Horror Story. I mean, it's one thing if you have eye-poppingly gory death scenes on a show like Game of Thrones, but that's HBO where people are paying for it! FX gets things on basic cable you could never have seen ten or even five years ago, and AHS: Hotel seems equally committed to pushing the envelope.
Ryan Murphy promises "the most disturbing scene we've ever done" in Hotel
Here's what we know. The scene will involve Hypodermic Sally (Sarah Paulson) and her lover Gabriel (Max Greenfield), who are both heavily addicted to drugs. One night, they're met by a physical manifestation of their addiction, known as the Addiction Demon, who terrifyingly has no eyes and no mouth. According to Murphy:
He is a representation of that and what people go through fighting addiction. It’s not done lightly or blithely. I think it’s very powerful and strong.
What makes the Addiction Demon even more disturbing than minotaur sex and human experimentation? You may be sorry you asked. The creature wields a "conical drillbit dildo" that I assume is meant for much, much more pain than pleasure. It's not hard to visualize the types of things he could do with such a device, but you may feel like you need some thought bleach after getting those images in your head.
The Addiction Demon is rooted in some hard truths about deadly habits
While it's hard to look at the phrase "conical drillbit dildo" and not let out a chuckle, the character of the Addiction Demon stems from an extremely serious place. In an interview with Larry King, Wes Bentley (who will be playing Detective John Lowe in Hotel) opened up about his own battles with the disease and how hard it was to combat.
We've seen a ton of beasties, monsters, and murderers on American Horror Story, but this one has the makings of one of the best simply because it comes from a reality that affects thousands of people. I have a feeling Hypodermic Sally and Gabriel are likely to meet a brutal end at the hands of the Addiction Demon, and if Murphy's to be trusted, it'll be a scene we'll be talking about for a long time.
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)