Not all horror fans are fans of American Horror Story and that’s totally fine. Everyone’s entitled to their opinions and their taste. But sadly, many so-called horror lovers, for some reason, needlessly shit on the show. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it.
And fuck them! We don’t need that nonsense in the horror community.

Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s series is exciting, touches on interesting and important themes, and the acting is always top notch— even in less than stellar episodes, the series manages to do weird, wild, and shocking things, and everyone involved is usually swinging for the fences. Above all else, the creators and the many directors/writers who come and go through the seasons have a love of the horror genre, which shows in the visuals. That’s exactly what this edition is all about, once again.

Edition #7 is all about Season 5’s (“Hotel”) visual references, as well as one from Season 2 (“Asylum”). Plenty of good stuff from “Hotel” was influenced by Tony Scott’s The Hunger, though the homages didn’t end there. Here’s just a few of the references from a creepy, bloody, and unsettlingly sexy season.

Edition #6 here. The next edition is available here.

A Bay of Blood (1971) v. American Horror Story "Hotel"Couples interrupted and impaled during sex

A Bay of Blood
Directed by Mario Bava
Cinematography by Mario Bava

v.

American Horror Story
Hotel, Ep. 1: “Checking In”
Directed by Ryan Murphy
Cinematography by Michael Goi

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) v. American Horror Story "Hotel"Finn Wittrock’s Tristan Duffy looking vampire chic

American Horror Story
Hotel, Ep. 5: “Room Service”
Directed by Michael Goi
Cinematography by Michael Goi

v.

Gary Oldman’s Count Dracula in London

Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus

Nosferatu (1922) v. Dracula (1992) v. American Horror Story "Hotel"Shadowy vampires
in

Nosferatu
Directed by F.W. Murnau
Cinematography by Fritz Arno Wagner & GĂĽnther Krampf

v.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus

v.

American Horror Story
Hotel, Ep. 7: “Flicker”
Directed by Michael Goi
Cinematography by Michael Goi

Fire in the Sky (1993) v. American Horror Story "Asylum"An alien experiments on Travis Walton

Fire in the Sky
Directed by Robert Lieberman
Cinematography by Bill Pope

v.

An alien abducts Kit Walker

American Horror Story
Asylum, Ep. 9: “The Coat Hanger”
Directed by Jeremy Podeswa
Cinematography by Michael Goi

Richard Ramirez v. American Horror Story "Hotel"Richard Ramirez flashes the pentagram palm to one of his victims

American Horror Story
Hotel, Ep. 4: “Devil’s Night”
Directed by Loni Peristere
Cinematography by Michael Goi

v.

Richard Ramirez in court

David Fincher's Se7en (1995) v. American Horror Story "Hotel"John Doe’s SLOTH victim barely alive on his mattress

Se7en
Directed by David Fincher
Cinematography by Darius Khondji

v.

One of Sally’s victims emerges from a mattress

American Horror Story
Hotel, Ep. 1: “Checking In”
Directed by Ryan Murphy
Cinematography by Michael Goi

The Stepfather (1987) v. American Horror Story "Hotel"Jerry Blake stares at his bloody reflection

The Stepfather
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Cinematography by John Lindley

v.

Detective John Lowe sees his true self in a bloody reflection

American Horror Story
Hotel, Ep. 8: “The Ten Commandments Killer”
Directed by Loni Peristere
Cinematography by Michael Goi

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Comments

  1. Ann Laabs says:

    Even though AHS tips too far into Grand Guignol territory for my taste, no-one can deny its success, and as you point out, the striking imagery in every season.

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