Rather than just recapping the most recent episode of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL, each week we are going to break it down into the most interesting, weird, delightful, and mind-boggling bits… like these!
1. Those Damned Hipsters
I both loved and hated these dreadful drains on society. I loved them because they are just so wretched, so despicable, that they are fascinating to watch – and you know they are going to get it. I hated them because I have known people remarkably similar to these caricatures. It makes me weep for humanity.
2. The AIDS Epidemic
I loved getting Liz Taylor’s backstory, but hearing her coworkers call her a fag and fearing they would give them AIDS was a shocking reminder of what the AIDS epidemic was like in the 1980s. That was the true horror story. I was born in 1980, so I don’t know a world without AIDS. But when I was a kid, AIDS was the scariest thing in the world. I learned early that you couldn’t catch it by “sharing a soda” like the guys on the show thought was possible, but through the 1980s and even the early 1990s, AIDS was a death sentence. The mortality rate was 100% and at the time, the best one could hope for from available drugs was to put off death a few more years. It still boggles my mind that, thirty years later, HIV/AIDS is more like a chronic condition.
When Iris delivers the “pâte” to the hipsters, they are watching TV. At first it was a news report on the attack at the school, but then the male hipster changes the channel. It is only on for a split-second, but I am 90% sure the movie that was playing was Dario Argento’s masterpiece SUSPIRIA.
4. Aww, Kids…
They are so adorable when they are drinking the blood of the teacher they just murdered. That is a Halloween feast to remember. But the idea of vampirism spreading as an infection is fascinating. You rarely see what happens when someone becomes a vampire unknowingly. It makes sense that it would run rampant like the plague. I can’t wait to see how far it spreads.
5. Angela Bassett
She has been particularly underused this season. It’s only episode five; we are not even at the halfway point, but she has only appeared in two episodes. In the third episode, we get her great blaxploitation background and set her up to be Lady Gaga’s biggest threat. We see her again tonight, but in a purely perfunctory manner.