Thanks to a feature story in this week’s Entertainment Weekly, we now know a lot more about Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story Hotel than a long list of who’s starring in it. EW published a massive plot dump, which you can read below.
Built in 1930 by the rich and charming but deeply psychotic James March (Evan Peters), the beautiful art-deco Hotel Cortez is, in actuality, a labyrinthine structure built to hide March’s murderous activities (think dead ends, secret rooms, endless shafts).
In present day, though, the Cortez is acquired by Gaga’s Countess, a glamorous socialite who attends art openings and fashion shows and maintains her looks not from a steady diet of kale but from imbibing human blood. The Countess is also insatiable when it comes to love and sex, which sets up a macabre love triangle between her, the similarly blood-hungry Donovan (Matt Bomer) and the newly turned male model Tristan (Finn Wittrock).
Also gravitating around the world of the Cortez are Ramona Royale (Angela Bassett), an actress/former lover of The Countess’ seeking revenge; Iris (Kathy Bates), Donovan’s mother and the front desk clerk; Liz Taylor (Denis O’Hare), a cross-dresser nicknamed by The Countess; Hypodermic Sally (Sarah Paulson), a junkie and friend of The Countess; Detective John Lowe (Wes Bentley), a cop investigating a murderer named the Ten Commandments Killer; and The Addiction Demon, a creature in the vein of Rubberman or Bloodyface, who has no eyes or mouth but does wield a nasty, conical drillbit dildo.
You read right, “drillbit dildo.” It’s a Murphy™ production, that’s why.
American Horror Story Hotel stars Emma Roberts, Lily Rabe, Madchen Amick, Helena Mattsson, Lady Gaga , Matt Bomer as Donovan, Finn Wittrock, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Chloe Sevigny, Wes Bentley, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, Max Greenfield, Denis O’Hare, Naomi Campbell, Darren Criss, Mare Winningham, and Cheyenne Jackson. It premieres October 7 on FX.