American Horror Story season 5 inspired by real life hotel incident, roles and characters of the cast described


The fifth season of American Horror Story is set to return with inspirations and connection about real life spine-chilling events from an actual hotel.

American Horror Story season five, entitled as “Hotel” will revolve around the story of a hotel, which according to the show runners, is inspired by a true American horror story involving the mysterious death of a young woman two years ago, as reported in International Business Times.

Ryan Murphy, one of the show creators said in the panel that, “There was a surveillance video that went around two years ago that showed a girl getting into an elevator in a hotel that was said to be haunted… and she was never seen again”.

Elisa Lam was found dead in a water tank two years ago after being missing for several weeks, but her demise remains a mystery after video footage showed her acting very peculiar the last time she was seen in an elevator in the hotel.

The hotel in which she stayed, Hotel Cecil, now called Stay on Main, is also rumored to be a place of dark history and was described by Richard Schave in CNN on February 2013 as “a place where serial killers stay.”

One death was already revealed in a separate report. Darren Criss from the series Glee is reportedly in talks to join American Horror Story, playing the character of Justin, “a Silver Lake hipster who heads to the hotel on Halloween with his equally hip girlfriend to escape pesky trick-or-treaters,” as described in E! Online. Justin becomes too demanding and irks the hotel owner, Iris, played by Kathy Bates, eventually seeking revenge and brutally murders him.

Meanwhile, Murphy also spilled some descriptions regarding other characters as reported by Zap2it. Angela Basset “will be making lots of trouble with Lady Gaga in the ballroom and elsewhere” while Sarah Paulson will be “the baddest bad girl of them all.” It added that Lily Rabe will “portray a famous murderer who has stayed at the titular hotel” while Naomi Campbell will go against Lady Gaga and “pays the ultimate price for her critiques” in the show. Meanwhile, Variety added that Chloe Sevigny, playing as Alex Lowell, deals with a great loss in their family while his husband, played by Wes Bentley is “investigating some grisly murders which brings him to the hotel.”

American Horror Story: Hotel is set to return on October 7.