Bringing the horror genre to serial television is an ambitious project, but it is one that Ryan Murphy has excelled at with his American Horror Story franchise. The show has consistently performed well with both critics and fans, and will be premiering its fifth season, American Horror Story: Hotel, on Oct. 7.
In an exclusive featurette from the American Horror Story: Freak Show Blu-ray/DVD, out Oct. 6, Murphy, along with a few of the stars of Freak Show, discuss what makes the show so magical.
In the video, Kathy Bates talks about one of the driving forces behind the success of American Horror Story: the perennial leading lady Jessica Lange. “In that last scene [of Freak Show], I’m giving a speech about the best there ever was and ever will be. In many respects that’s how I feel about her.”
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While AHS changes its cast each season, Murphy tends to keep some of his favorites around each year. Lange is one of five actors that Murphy has cast in every single season, and she always plays a major role. In many ways, Lange is as much a part of what makes AHS what it is as Murphy is.
Neil Patrick Harris appeared in the show last season, and spoke about what made him such a fan of the franchise. “Ryan Murphy has created this world that allows unbelievable actors to be totally horrifying and awful. You’re watching Angela Bassett do these things. Amazing talent in the scariest genre ever.”
With a new cast and story each season, it could be easy for the series as a whole to feel disjointed, but Murphy makes sure to keep each season distinctly American Horror Story. In the video, he explained the overall mindset of the series that connects each season. “With American Horror Story, it’s the logic of dream, which is not necessarily ‘logic-logic,’ but there’s a kind of emotional logic.”
American Horror Story: Hotel premieres Oct. 7 on FX.