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Checking In 

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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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Cast

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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Genres:

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Announced after the first episode of the fourth season (American Horror Story: Monsters Among Us (2014)) was released due to high ratings. See more »

Goofs

When one of the 'Swedish Meatballs' is released her throat is slit and quite a lot of blood is seen pouring out of the gash. Although in the next shot from above, no blood is seen on the floor where she is standing. See more »

Connections

References Screen Test: Edie Sedgwick (1965) See more »

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American Horror Story Theme
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Written by Cesar Davila-Irizarry and Charlie Clouser
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Meh...not really impressed
14 October 2015 | by elizrugSee all my reviews

I was left pretty bummed by a lot of things.

First, the lack of a real story. The story that is hinted at is trite and as used as an old baggy.

Second, Gaga. Really? She's not an actress, not much of a singer, either. She's an entertainer, and this role does not need an entertainer. It needs a convincing actress.

Third, the gratuitous violence and gore. The other seasons of AHS didn't need to rely so heavily on splatter to draw the audience in. The other seasons used creepiness and interesting characters, which was far more enjoyable.

A horror story should be scary. This is not scary. Except for Gaga's acting.


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