American Horror Story: Double Invoice opened in the US on August 25. In Spain, we will be able to see it from September 22 on the Disney + Star channel. But from now on there is talk of the quality of the new chapters and the amazingness of their story. Again, Ryan Murphy’s production is a combination of the best of the horror genre and something more complex. Especially when he makes use of all the resources at his disposal to turn the stories into something more peculiar.
With its anthological character, its very strange mix of various tones, subgenres and visual experiments, American Horror Story has achieved cult status. But it is also a successful plot and visual experiment that has managed to create its own style.
In addition to the peculiarity of using a group of actors in different roles in each season, AHS is characterized by delving into the roots of American terror. The result has been a more than satisfactory journey through a series of urban legends, historical mysteries and black chronicle used effectively.
American Horror Story: Double Facture will tell the story of the unsolved mystery of the so-called Lady on the Dunes. It is about the discovery of the body of a woman in Massachusetts in 1974. The identity of the victim could never be discovered, much less her history. Could this be another one of the series’ twisted narratives?
To better understand the series’ sense of horror, let’s review how storylines often combine legend and genre. One of the most fascinating plot risks and perhaps the secret of the phenomenon around the program.
The creepy thing about Roanoke
The sixth season of American Horror Story was partially based on the true story of Roanoke (Virginia), one of the first European colonies in North America. In 1580, the explorer Walter raleigh received the permission of Queen Elizabeth I of England to explore the lands of the new continent.
One of the chosen locations was Roanoke. After several unsuccessful attempts to colonize the region, Raleigh sent a group of 117 settlers led by John White. Mainly to the Roanoke settlement, where several attempts to establish a community had failed. According to local legend, White had the mission to settle down together with his group with the inhabitants. But to his surprise he found that the settlement was empty, as if the settlers who preceded them had disappeared.
Always according to local legend, only the word “Croatoan”Etched into a tree. Oddly enough, the term inexplicable has a long trace in history. Apparently it was mentioned centuries later by a dying Edgar Allan Poe. It was also found in the bed of the writer Ambrose Bierce, who disappeared a few days later in Mexico during 1913.
The killing of Richard Speck told in ‘American Horror Story’
The first season of American Horror Story is full of references to various violent crimes of the American black chronicle. In the second episode a flashback was shown with some details of the history of the serial killer Richard Speck. In the scene a man could be seen murdering several women, including a nurse without apparently a clear motive.
In 1966, Richard Speck broke into a Chicago house in which nine nursing students lived. The murderer took each of his victims to different rooms in the house to torture and kill them. The one who would have been the ninth victim survived by hiding under a bed.
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The painful history of the Black Dahlia
The first season of American Horror Story also makes a brief mention of Elizabeth Short, the infamous Black Dahlia. The series showed the rape and subsequent murder of the character as the work of an attacker and a supernatural entity. But in real life, Short’s murder remains an unanswered riddle.
On January 15, 1947, Short’s body was found cut in half and bled to death. The victim had suffered a long list of tortures culminating in a gruesome death. There is still no credible version of the murder. Still, in 2014, homicide detective Steve Hodel produced evidence in an attempt to prove that his father was the murderer.
The abduction of Barney and Betty Hill in ‘American Horror Story’
For the second season, the show brought back the mystery of Barney and Betty Hill’s alleged abduction. In 1961, the couple were driving Portsmouth, New Hampshire after a vacation in Montreal when inexplicable lights surrounded them. Afterwards they did not remember anything other than waking up in their car with torn clothes and shoes.
A few years later, and after going to hypnosis therapy, they both told the chilling story of their abduction. Due to the profusion of details and the resemblance between the two accounts, it remains an unexplained mystery.
Delphine LaLaurie’s terrifying attic
The third season of American Horror Story tells the story of Delphine LaLaurie, a sinister figure from New Orleans. The seemingly harmless society lady was actually a careful assassin with several victims in tow.
In fact, when his house was burned down after he murdered a young girl, the city was horrified by the scale of his crimes. The attic was littered with the corpses of several of his slaves, tortured to death. There were also some captives alive, but mutilated or dismembered. In the end, Delphine LaLaurie escaped but her legend lives on in New Orleans.
The ax killer and other horrors from ‘American Horror Story’
Also in the third season of American Horror Story the terrifying case of the man with the ax in New Orleans was told. An unnamed assassin killed more than ten people in the city between 1918 and 1919. The most chilling thing was that his method consisted of breaking into houses and kill residents without words. He even sent a note to the police, which was recreated in American Horror Story with ghoulish accuracy.
Killer Clown John Wayne Gacy
In both American Horror Story: Freak Show and American Horror Story: Hotel, actor John Carroll Lynch played two characters that refer to the killer. Together they create the overall picture of some of America’s most sinister serial killer cases.
From 1972 to 1978, John Wayne Gacy raped and murdered at least 33 teenagers. In the midst of the frenzy of his murderous age too I attended children’s parties dressed as Pogo the Clown. After being discovered, Gacy spent 14 years in jail and was executed in 1994.
The Cecil hotel in Los Angeles
The fifth season of American Horror Story directly shows some points of the haunting hotel Cecil. In fact, Ryan Murphy admitted it by commenting that the inspiration for the chapters came from the Elisa Lam case. The showrunner stated in an interview that he had seen Lam’s famous video in the middle of an inexplicable situation in an elevator.
The Cecil also housed the terrifying serial killer Richard Ramirez (The Night Stalker), who appears on the show. And according to the expanded universe of American Horror Story, it’s the last place the Black Dahlia was seen alive.