That American Horror Stories (Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, since 2021) is not an independent series is obvious; but this circumstance goes further than it might seem at first glance. As a spin-off of American Horror Story (since 2011), anyone could tell that it is the same television fiction just by taking a look at the two episodes available so far on Disney Plus.
Not only retakes characters and settings They have not even changed the theme song composed by Charlie Clouser (Saw), César Davila-Irizarry (Planet b234) and Mac Quayle (Ratched) for the titles of the original series. We could consider it a mixed bag with the stories of the latter that the scriptwriters have not been able to tell in their ten seasons to date. An aspect that, in itself, should not displease us at all, of course.
Some inhabitants of the Crime House in ‘American Horror Stories’
For a clear example of this, the double episode “Rubber (Wo) man” (1×01-2) American Horror Stories begins with is set in the Crime House; how well we know from Murder House (2011) and two chapters of Hotel (2015) and Apocalypse (2018).
There we rediscover several beings that inhabit it in American Horror Story. First, Beau langdon (Sam Kinsey), Constance’s (Jessica Lange) deformed son, who was smothered by Larry Harvey (Denis O’Hare) as a child. We did not get to see him, but there is no doubt about his presence because of the habit of throwing a red ball to those he likes; something he does with Scarlett (Sierra McCormick) and Dr. Andi Grant (Merrin Dungey) in American Horror Stories.
The second, the rubber man (Troy Castaneda); a multi-homicidal spirit in a latex suit that, mainly, has been Tate Langdon (Evan Peters), the other unbalanced and dead son of Constance and father along with Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton) of the satanic Michael (Cody Fern); who, on the other hand, autonomously encourages him with a spell during “Return to Murder House” (8×06). In these opening chapters of the spin-off, he haunts Scarlett and murders Andi Grant and contractor Adam (Aaron Tveit).
The second is Thaddeus Montgomery or Infantata (Ben Woolf and Shane Carpenter), a monstrous zombie created in 1926 from the remains of the late baby of abortion doctor Charles Montgomery (Matt Ross) and his wife Nora (Lily Rabe), first owners of the House of Crime, in ” Halloween: Part 1 ”(1×04). Like Victor Frankenstein’s. And Scarlett’s stalking classmates, the perfidious Maya (Paris Jackson), Rowena (Ashley Martin Carter), Erin (Selena Sloan) and Nicole (Valerie Loo), run into him in the basement, where he never usually leaves, before they are liquidated.
Two other ghosts and a significant allusion by Dr. Andi Grant
Nurse Gladys (Celia Finkelstein) is another one of them. She died in the Crime House in the 1968 lethal raid, she is a little angry and with her colleague María (Rosa Salazar) charges the criminals Fiona (Azura Skye) and Dallas (Kyle Davis) in the chapter “Home Invasion” ( 1×02) by Murder House, she peeks out on Apocalypse’s visit and, according to what we are shown in American Horror Stories, the ghost of the sociopathic Ruby McDaniel (Kaia Gerber) often chases her to stab her with a fan knife.
Secondly, Kincaid Polk or the Piggy Man of urban legend Bloody Mary or Candyman is the specter that Derrick (Eric Stonestreet) fears in the Murder House episode “Piggy Piggy” (1×06), but we have no idea how he supposedly appears to Michael (Matt Bomer) in his bathroom of the House of Crime without being summoned. Its complete story is explained by Jether Polk (Finn Wittrock) in the eighth chapter of My Roanoke Nightmare (2016); because he is a nineteenth-century ancestor of his hideous family.
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To cap the links, Dr. Andi Grant tells the recently deceased Troy (Gavin Creel) and Michael in “Rubber (Wo) man: Part 2,” “I’ve found a way to have fun and relax while I’m here. I am working with the other therapist who’s stuck here in a book about all of us ”.
It refers, of course, to the psychiatrist Ben harmon (Dylan McDermott), one of the protagonists of Murder House, who is killed by the spirit of his ex-lover Hayden McClaine (Kate Mara) in “Afterbirth” (1×12) with the help of the deceased criminals. And, since the session doesn’t end very well, Troy snaps at the doctor: “You know what? I want the name of the other therapist who is dead in here. You are horrible”.