Oct. 05, 2011
Returning Series
60 min.
FX TV Network

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American Horror Story

American Horror Story follows the Harmon family, Ben, Vivien and Violet, who move from Boston to Los Angeles after Ben has an affair, as a means of reconciling their past anguish. The family moves to a decrepit mansion, unaware that the once noble home is haunted.

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  • The season one house is a real location at 1120 Westchester Place in Los Angeles known as the Rosenheim Mansion. It was built in 1908 by architect Alfred Rosenheim as his own residence; Rosenheim was one of LA's most influential architects during the early 1900s. The house scenes in the pilot episode of "American Horror Story" were filmed on location at the Rosenheim Mansion, and then some of the house's interiors were replicated on a set. Exteriors continue to be filmed there on location.
  • SPOILER: Ashley Rickards has shared the small screen with Evan Peters (Tate) before, portraying his girlfriend on the drama One Tree Hill. Here, however, she is a victim of his murderous rampage as opposed to a love interest.
  • Creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk stated from the beginning of the project that each season would feature a new story and cast.
  • The 'murder house' featured in the series is in fact called Rosenheim Mansion. It was also used as the Frat House location on Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Halloween special "Fear, Itself", in which the characters fears manifest themselves.
  • Actor Chris Zylka was booked for a two-episode arc as a deaf, mute patient in the series' second season. However, Zylka was quietly dismissed from the show after refusing to shave his head for the role. Producers then wrote the role out in the wake of the actor's ouster.
  • The character 'Kit Walker' (AHS: Asylum: Season 2) shares the same name as the alter ego of Lee Falk's character, 'The Phantom' who has appeared in numerous books, short stories, comic strips, comic books, video games, films and television series.
  • The first season used horror film scores for it's soundtrack, most noticeably the scores from "Bram Stoker's Dracula", "What Lies Beneath", "Psycho" and "Insidious". Also used the whistled "Twisted Nerve" from "Twisted Nerve".
  • It was reported that Eric Stonestreet was booked for a guest spot as a serial killer who shares scenes with Sarah Paulson's Lana Winters in Season 2, but the scenes were cut or left unaired for unknown reasons. A similar thing happened to Max Adler role as Mr. Capshaw.
  • The credits font is "Chelsea Studio" by David Nalle.
  • Angela Bassett was only credited as special guest star in Season 3 even though she was in 12 of the 13 episodes. Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Denis O'Hare and Frances Conroy who were in the main cast appeared in less episodes and had smaller parts.
  • SPOILER: Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy and Evan Peters are the only actors who appear in all three seasons.
  • During the opening scene from 1968 the soundtrack plays music from the movie Psycho which was released in 1960.
  • Gladys prayer is An Act of Resignation by Pope St. Pius X. It is a common prayer for Catholics when they prepare for death.
  • This episode promulgates a longstanding but totally unfounded urban legend that the actor Sal Mineo was killed by a man he had tried to pick up for sex. In fact, the man who confessed to and was tried and convicted for stabbing Mineo had been a pizza deliveryman who killed Mineo while trying to rob him. The actual murderer had no idea who Mineo was, either in a short-term sexual encounter sense or in a larger awareness of his celebrity. Also, Mineo was only stabbed once (not the multiple times shown in this episode), though the stab was in his heart.
  • After Ben and Vivian leave for the hospital, Violet is seen in her room, listening to music and reading a manga comic. The said manga is "NANA" by Ai Yazawa.
  • SPOILER: Steph reveals that during the school shooting in which she died, Tate put a gun to her head and asked her if she believed in God, and when she said yes, he pulled the trigger. This is a reference to a now-debunked story that emerged in the immediate aftermath of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings; early reports claimed that one of the shooters asked 17-year-old Cassie Bernall if she believed in God, and when she replied in the affirmative, he shot and killed her. In fact, later investigation proved that the shooters had no verbal exchange at all with Bernall before killing her, and in fact the student who indeed did get asked about her belief in God, Valeen Schnurr, was left alone to survive after affirming her belief.
  • When the group of teenagers corner Tate on the beach, one of the girls says "You asked me if I believed in God and you put a gun to my head. I said yes [...] and then, you pulled the trigger", which can be considered a reference to the song "Cassie" by the band Flyleaf or, rather, the Columbine High School massacre.
  • In Season 1 several of the victims of the Westfield High massacre share the surnames of members of the 1986 Boston Red Sox, who lost to the New York Mets in heartbreaking fashion in the World Series. Of the 15 students shot and killed by Tate Langdon, five share surnames with the Red Sox---Stephanie Boggs, Chloe Stapleton, Kevin Gedman, Amir Stanley and Kyle Greenwell. In addition there are two surnames that match names from an historic match-up between the Red Sox and New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series---Mueller and Rivera. Among the 15 students killed were Jason Mueller and Michael Rivera. In Game 4 of the ALCS Red Sox third baseman Bill Mueller drove in the tying run off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera to keep the Red Sox from being swept in the series. Boston won that game and the next seven in a row to win their first World Series title since 1918. Executive Producer Brad Falchuk grew up a fan of the Boston Red Sox, which explains the references.
  • SPOILER: This episode introduces the character of Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia, played by Mena Suvari. She is uncredited, perhaps with a mind toward keeping it more of a surprise, though she is introduced in the very first scene.
  • James Cromwell's real-life son, John Cromwell (II), plays the younger version of Arden in the black and white flashback scenes.
  • When Sister Mary Eunice says "The bad news is, the rabbit died," she is referring to an early form of pregnancy test known as the rabbit test or the Aschheim-Zondek test. Developed in 1927, the test - originally performed on mice - involved injecting a woman's urine into a mouse or rabbit and later observing the changes in the animal's reproductive organs during its autopsy. While all animals involved in this testing would need to be killed in order for the examination to take place, the misconception that the animal would only die if injected with a pregnant woman's urine led to the usage of the phrase "the rabbit died" as a euphemism for a positive pregnancy test.
  • In her expose on Briarcliff Manor, Lana says almost the exact words as Geraldo Rivera did in his 1972 documentary on Willowbrook State School: "These images and sounds are far more powerful than any words that can be spoken. But how can I describe to you the way it smells? It reeks of filth, of disease. It smells of death." (Originally: "This is what is looked like, this is what it sounded like but how can I tell you about the way it smelled? It smelled of filth, it smelled of disease, and it smelled of death.")
  • 'Denis OHare (Spalding) remained in character while on set refusing to speak to anyone, he had to rely on gestures when being directed.

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