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A pair of foreign sisters check into the Hotel Cortez, while an L.A. detective investigates a brutal murder.

Director:

Ryan Murphy

Writers:

Ryan Murphy (created by), Brad Falchuk (created by) | 5 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kathy Bates ... Iris
Sarah Paulson ... Sally McKenna
Evan Peters ... James March (credit only)
Wes Bentley ... John Lowe
Matt Bomer ... Donovan
Chloë Sevigny ... Dr. Alex Lowe
Denis O'Hare ... Liz Taylor
Cheyenne Jackson ... Will Drake
Angela Bassett ... Ramona Royale (credit only)
Lady Gaga ... The Countess
Mare Winningham ... Hazel Evers
Christine Estabrook ... Marcy
Max Greenfield ... Gabriel
Richard T. Jones ... Detective Andy Hahn
Shree Crooks ... Scarlett Lowe
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A pair of foreign sisters check into the Hotel Cortez, while an L.A. detective investigates a brutal murder.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

7 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Kathy Bates was confirmed to be running the hotel in season 5. See more »

Goofs

When Marcy the realtor first meets Will Drake she states "I had to put my dog down. He came to me through very unfortunate circumstances." She was referring to the Harmon's' dog, Hallie, from Murder House which was in fact a female dog even though Marcy states "HE" came to me through very unfortunate circumstances. See more »

Connections

References The Hunger (1983) See more »

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Tear You Apart
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Written by Adam Bravin and Justin Warfield
Performed by She Wants Revenge
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Welcome To the Hotel Cortez
9 October 2015 | by rafariciSee all my reviews

Returning to the mood of the 1st season, Hotel is a journey in style to hell. The cinematography is wonderful, the sets are impressive. Bingo!

Each season covers a specific topic. In this, we have the vice and sin, incorporated into a creature that uses a cone-shaped dildo to murder their victims (in one of the most shocking scenes of the episode). And speaking of shocking scenes, we also have an orgy with Lady Gaga and Matt Bomer which ends in a bloodbath. (Yes).

In the premiere, we were not presented to the character of Evan Peters, based on HH Holmes, but we had idea of the hidden secret passages in the walls of Cortez.

Sarah Paulson was wonderful. Denis O'Hare was wonderful as Liz Taylor. And Lady Gaga surprises in the role of the Countess.

Can not wait for the next episode and see what happens next.


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