American Horror Stories
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Genre
Created by
Theme music composer
ComposerMac Quayle
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Susan McConnell
  • Todd Nenninger
  • Lou Eyrich
  • Eryn Krueger Mekash
  • Reilly Smith
  • Todd Kubrak
CinematographyShasta Spahn
Editors
  • Peggy Tachdjian
  • Lousine Shamamian
Running time38–49 minutes
Production companies
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkFX on Hulu
Original releaseJuly 15, 2021 (2021-07-15) –
present
Chronology
Related showsAmerican Story

American Horror Stories is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk for FX on Hulu. The series premiered on July 15, 2021, and serves as the third installment in the American Story media franchise, a direct spin-off from American Horror Story. Cast members from the original show include Matt Bomer, Celia Finkelstein, Naomi Grossman, John Carroll Lynch, Charles Melton, Billie Lourd, Chad James Buchanan, Cody Fern, Dylan McDermott and Jamie Brewer.

In August 2021, the series was renewed for a second season, set to premiere on July 21, 2022.[1]

Premise

A weekly anthology series where each episode is a different horror story.[2]

Production

Development

On May 11, 2020, Murphy revealed that a spin-off series named American Horror Stories was being developed; it would feature self-contained anthological episodes, instead of a season-long story arc as featured in American Horror Story.[2] The first season consists of seven episodes.[3] On August 13, 2021, FX renewed the series for a second season.[1]

Casting

Matt Bomer, Gavin Creel, Sierra McCormick, Kaia Gerber, Paris Jackson, Aaron Tveit, Merrin Dungey, Celia Finkelstein, Ashley Martin Carter, Valerie Loo, Selena Sloan and Belissa Escobedo starred in the first two episodes.[4][5] Other American Horror Story alums who appeared in the series include Naomi Grossman, Cody Fern, Chad James Buchanan, John Carroll Lynch, Dylan McDermott, Charles Melton and Billie Lourd along with newcomers Danny Trejo, Kevin McHale, Dyllón Burnside, Madison Bailey, Rhenzy Feliz, Amy Grabow, Nico Greetham, Ronen Rubinstein, Virginia Gardner and Dane DiLiegro among others.[6][7][citation needed]

Filming

On August 4, 2020, it was announced that Sarah Paulson was set to direct an episode on the series; she ultimately did not do so.[8]

Title sequences

Every episode of the series has its own title sequence, with the exception of the first and second episodes, which share a title sequence, to connect to the theme of each episode. The same theme music and font of American Horror Story is used during the opening credits.[citation needed]

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
17July 15, 2021 (2021-07-15)August 19, 2021 (2021-08-19)
28[9]July 21, 2022 (2022-07-21)September 8, 2022 (2022-09-08)

Season 1 (2021)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Rubber(wo)Man Part One"Loni PeristereRyan Murphy & Brad FalchukJuly 15, 2021 (2021-07-15)

Scarlett Winslow (Sierra McCormick) and her house-flipping fathers Michael (Matt Bomer) and Troy (Gavin Creel) move into the infamous Murder House. Scarlett sneaks out to attend a sleepover at her crush Maya's (Paris Jackson) house. Later that night, Maya invites Scarlett back to her bedroom away from the others. They kiss and Scarlett shares her violent sexual desires. Texts from her best friend, Shanti (Belissa Escobedo), reveal to Scarlett that Maya and her friends are pulling a cruel prank on her by live-streaming their conversation. To get revenge after a fantasy of one while masturbating, Scarlett lures Maya and her friends to the basement of Murder House, where she murders them, while wearing the Rubber Man suit.


Cast : Matt Bomer, Gavin Creel, Sierra McCormick, Paris Jackson, Belissa Escobedo, Merrin Dungey, Selena Sloan, Ashley Martin Carter, Valerie Loo
22"Rubber(wo)Man Part Two"Loni PeristereBrad FalchukJuly 15, 2021 (2021-07-15)

Scarlett forms a relationship with Ruby (Kaia Gerber), a young woman who snuck into the Murder House to commit suicide as they share a bathtub. Troy begins to cheat on Michael with a contractor named Adam (Aaron Tveit). After discovering the bodies of Maya and her friends behind a brick wall, Adam blackmails Michael and Troy only to be slain by the Rubber Man. Michael and Troy try to flee the house, but find they cannot leave. They find out that they were murdered earlier in an effort on Ruby's behalf to persuade Scarlett to stay with her in the Murder House forever. On Halloween, Scarlett and Ruby venture out of the house. The ghosts of Maya and her friends pursue them to get revenge on Scarlett, but they are unsuccessful. At dawn, Scarlett resolves to move out of the Murder House, but promises Ruby that she will visit her every Halloween.


Cast : Matt Bomer, Gavin Creel, Sierra McCormick, Kaia Gerber, Paris Jackson, Belissa Escobedo, Merrin Dungey, Aaron Tveit, Selena Sloan, Ashley Martin Carter, Valerie Loo, Celia Finkelstein
33"Drive In"Eduardo SánchezManny CotoJuly 22, 2021 (2021-07-22)

Kelley (Madison Bailey) and her boyfriend Chad (Rhenzy Feliz) attend a drive-in screening of a banned film "Rabbit Rabbit". The film was banned thanks to Tipper Gore (Amy Grabow) after it caused the premiere's audience to kill each other upon their eyes turning black. The film's director Larry Bitterman (John Carroll Lynch) attacks Tipper at a congressional hearing after she gloats about the studio burning all remaining copies. He is subsequently jailed for the assault. In the present, Kelley and Chad make out as the film starts. Unable to see "Rabbit Rabbit" through fogged-up windows, they are unaffected as mass violence erupts. Everyone who watches the film is attacking and devouring one another. Kelley and Chad flee to the projection room and destroy the film. Hours pass and instead of going to the cops, the two decide to find Larry and force him to hand over all copies. Once found, Kelley shoots Larry's kneecaps and Chad burns the original film. Larry taunts them as his trailer burns down and they leave him for dead. The two go back to Chad's and celebrate. As they kiss, the camera pans to "Rabbit Rabbit" being promoted on Netflix. Then the window shows the Los Angeles skyline erupting in flames.


Cast : Rhenzy Feliz, Madison Bailey, Ben J. Pierce, Naomi Grossman, Leonardo Cecchi, Kyle Red Silverstein, Amy Grabow, Adrienne Barbeau, John Carroll Lynch
44"The Naughty List"Max WinklerManny CotoJuly 29, 2021 (2021-07-29)

Influencers Wyatt (Charles Melton), Zinn (Nico Greetham), Barry (Kevin McHale), and James (Dyllón Burnside) live in a content house and have a collaborative YouTube channel. Their channel begins losing subscribers after they post a video of a man jumping off a bridge. After failing to regain their popularity by queer baiting, the boys film a prank video at a mall's Santa Village where they make fun of a Mall Santa (Danny Trejo). On Christmas Eve, the boys upload the video and they get a call from a detective stating that the Santa in their video was an imposter as the real Mall Santa was found dead. The imposter Santa descends upon their house, killing Wyatt and Zinn and uploading their deaths onto the Bro House channel. Barry and James try to escape the house but the killer Santa shoots them down in the driveway. James is killed and Barry drags himself back into the house. Their channel reaches 5 million subscribers as the killer Santa pours gasoline down the chimney and sets the house and Barry on fire. On Christmas Day, the police find the boys' body parts adorning their Christmas tree. The killer Santa prepares to murder another Mall Santa.


Cast : Kevin McHale, Nico Greetham, Dyllón Burnside, Charles Melton, Taneka Johnson, Danny Trejo
55"BA'AL"Sanaa HamriAli Adler & Manny CotoAugust 5, 2021 (2021-08-05)

After several failed attempts to get pregnant, Liv Whitley (Billie Lourd) receives a totem from Bernadette (Virginia Gardner), the receptionist at a fertility clinic, and places it under her bed just before she and her husband Matt (Ronen Rubinstein) have sex. The totem works and Liv has a son, Aaron. Sixteen months later, Liv is suffering from postpartum depression and begins seeing visions of Ba'al (Dane DiLiegro), a demon haunting her child. Liv seeks out Bernadette, who shares a banishment ritual with her. Liv accidentally stabs Matt while performing the ritual and is committed to an asylum. It is revealed that Matt and his college friends had orchestrated every supernatural event to gaslight Liv, as well as having an affair with Bernadette. As Matt celebrates his success, the real Ba'al (performed by Dane DiLiegro, voiced by Andrew Morgado) appears and slaughters Bernadette and Matt's friends. It is revealed that Liv sent Ba’al to exact revenge. The banishment ritual Bernadette gave her was actually a summoning spell. Matt is sent to prison and Liv welcomes Ba’al into her bed, ready to have another baby.


Cast : Billie Lourd, Ronen Rubinstein, Virginia Gardner, Dane DiLiegro, Vanessa Estelle Williams, Michael B. Silver, Kimberley Drummond, Chad James Buchanan, Jake Choi, Misha Gonz-Cirkl
66"Feral"Manny CotoManny CotoAugust 12, 2021 (2021-08-12)

A boy named Jacob Gantz (Colin Tandberg) disappears on a camping trip with his father Jay (Aaron Tveit) who works as a lawyer and his skeptical mom Addy (Tiffany Dupont) who works as a teacher where they find a decapitated deer during their search for Jacob. Ten years later, a now divorced Jay is approached by a hunter named Bob (Blake Shields), who presents evidence that Jacob is still alive after being kidnapped by a drug cartel. He offers to take Jay and Addy into the woods to seek information about Jacob's whereabouts. After being hunted by wild humanoid creatures, Bob reveals it was all a hoax in order to rob them. After wounding Jay, Bob is attacked and devoured by the creatures. Jay and Addy seek refuge at a ranger station staffed by a park ranger named Stan (Cody Fern). He divulges that the National Park Service was created by the government to protect the public from the "Feral Nation", a subpopulation of cannibalistic inbred feral human with an unknown origin. As Stan tries to radio his superiors about the situation, the ranger station is attacked by the ferals and Stan is killed. Jay and Addy flee and encounter the leader of the ferals on a throne made of bones. Jay and Addy recoginize their leader as an older and long-haired Jacob (Ledger Fuller) as he recognize them. When a tall bearded feral (Paul Duke) asks Jacob in their language who they are, he responds in their language "Dinner". The ferals swarm over Jay and Addy to devour them. The blood from one of his parents hits Jacob on the cheek which he wipes off to taste.


Cast : Cody Fern, Aaron Tveit, Tiffany Dupont, Blake Shields, Colin Tandberg
77"Game Over"Liz FriedlanderRyan Murphy & Brad FalchukAugust 19, 2021 (2021-08-19)

Michelle (Mercedes Mason) creates a video game called Escape from Murder House (based on past seasons of American Horror Story), but her son Rory (Nicolas Bechtel) isn't impressed because the game doesn't make sense. While conducting research, Michelle enters the Murder House on Halloween Night. Ruby (Kaia Gerber) and Scarlett (Sierra McCormick) reconnect while sharing a bathtub. Michelle meets Dr. Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott), whom she questions unaware that he's one of the ghosts, then she's confronted and stabbed to death by Ruby and Scarlett. One year later on Halloween, Michelle finds Rory and claims there is no escaping the Murder House. Rory offers to burn it down, but Michelle refuses. Ignoring his mother, Rory shows up with gasoline canisters. While Ruby tries to stop him, she in turn is stopped by the other ghosts who are tired of their suffering. As Scarlett arrives to help Ruby, the house is set ablaze. Three years later, condos have been built where the Murder House once stood and Scarlett purchases the last unit to reunite with Ruby who mentioned that the other ghosts have crossed over. This is revealed to be the end of the game that Michelle, who is alive and well, has developed with Rory's approval. When Rory asks where all the ghosts went, Michelle replies they hopefully didn't escape into the world. As they leave the house, Beau Langdon's red ball is seen rolling across the floor.


Cast : Dylan McDermott, Sierra McCormick, Kaia Gerber, Paris Jackson, Merrin Dungey, Mercedes Mason, Noah Cyrus, Adam Hagenbuch, Jamie Brewer, John Brotherton, Nicolas Bechtel, Tom Lenk, Selena Sloan, Ashley Martin Carter, Valerie Loo

Season 2

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
81TBATBAManny Coto[10]July 21, 2022 (2022-07-21)[1]

Marketing

On November 12, 2020, Murphy unveiled a promotional poster of the series via his Instagram account and announced a first season of sixteen hour-long episodes, many of which will feature actors who have appeared in American Horror Story.[11] On June 23, 2021, FX released two more promotional posters for the show and a teaser trailer that featured the Rubber Woman.[12][13] On July 8, 2021, FX released the official trailer for the series.[14]

Release

The series was set to air on FX;[2] however, on June 22, 2020, it was announced that American Horror Stories would stream on FX on Hulu instead.[15] American Horror Stories premiered on July 15, 2021.[16][3] Internationally, the series became available through Disney+ under the dedicated streaming hub Star starting on August 25, 2021.[17] In Latin America, the series premieres as a Star+ original. The second season is set to premiere on July 21, 2022.

Reception

Critical response

The first season of American Horror Stories has received mixed reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave the season a 54% based on 8 critic reviews, with an average rating of 4.60/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "American Horror Stories has its moments, but a lack of consistent narrative quality among installments and not enough scares make for an unsatisfying whole."[18] On Metacritic, the season scored 54 out of 100, based on 5 reviews, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.[19]

American Horror Stories: Critical reception by episode
  • American Horror Stories (2021): Percentage of positive reviews tracked by the website Rotten Tomatoes[18]

Accolades

Award Year Category Result Ref(s)
Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards 2022 Best Contemporary Make-Up Won [20][21]
Best Special Makeup Effects Nominated

References

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  13. ^ Huff, Lauren. "American Horror Stories preview teases Murder House link with Rubber Woman". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
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