ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

After last week's bloodbath of real life serial killer action, this week's episode 'Room Service' kept the flow going with a grisly, blood-guzzling school massacre and the timely disposal of some irritating hipsters. Take that, gentrification!

Check out 5 things you may have missed in this week's episode, along with the ever-growing soundtrack of fabulous sounds from the series.

1. A taste of the good stuff

Alex Lowe has just been infected with the vampire virus and we see her feasting on blood packets at the hospital in this episode. This is very reminiscent of the Tales From the Crypt episode 'The Reluctant Vampire,' which sees Malcolm McDowell feeding from a blood bank while nobody is watching.

2. Oedipus Rex

When Ramona Royale learns that Donovan has given his mother eternal life, she says to him:

"I don't know if that's Oedipal or just mercenary."

The tragedy of Oedipus was told by Sophocles in the Ancient Greek times. Estranged from his biological parents at birth, in adulthood he unknowingly killed his father and married his mother. An 'Oedipus Complex' is now a term used by psychiatrists to refer to deep-seated issues that boys have with their mothers; probably quite appropriate in Donovan's case.

3. Classic Horror Reference

The movie that the horrible hipsters are watching on the TV in their room is Suspiria, Dario Argento's classic movie from 1977.

4. Like Aphrodite From the Foam

Botticelli's 'The Birth of Venus'
Botticelli's 'The Birth of Venus'

Another classical reference: Liz Taylor tells Iris that when she first dressed in her Taylor garb, she felt like 'Venus in a clam shell.' This refers to the Roman Goddess of Love, whose Greek name was Aphrodite. Her birth myth says that she was born of the ocean from a shell, like a pearl. This is very fitting for Liz Taylor, as Venus symbolizes the essence of femininity and sexuality.

5. The Coffin

When Alex Lowe climbs into the coffin with her son, their deathly love rings a giant bell for fans of the morbid poetry of Edgar Allen Poe. Specifically, his poem Annabel Lee:

all the night-tide, I lie down by the side

Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,

In her sepulchre there by the sea—

In her tomb by the sounding sea.

In case you were wondering about the musical choices in this week's episode, I've created a Spotify playlist for every song featured. I'll be adding to it every week as the series goes on.

Check out cool things you may have missed in previous American Horror Story: Hotel episode 1, episode 2, episode 3 and episode 4 here.

Source: FX, Spotify, Poetry Foundation


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