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American Horror Stories is a horror-drama television show created and produced by Ryan Murphy. It is a spin-off series to American Horror Story, with each episode being hour-long, contained anthology episodes. The series premiered Thursday July 15, 2021, exclusively on FX on Hulu.[1] A second installment premiered on July 21, 2022 on Hulu.[2]

Premise[]

"American Horror Stories" is a spin-off of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's award-winning hit anthology series American Horror Story. "American Horror Stories" is a weekly anthology series that will feature a different horror story each episode. Since 2011, the creators of "AHS" have redefined the horror genre with various installments featuring a creepy asylum, a coven of witches, a traveling freak show, a haunted hotel and the apocalypse itself. The television series sprouted a legion of dedicated fans who anticipate what terrors the next chapter will hold.[3]

Plot[]

An anthology series of stand alone episodes delving into horror myths, legends and lore.

Episodes[]

Installment Title Writer(s) Director Date
1 & 2 Installment 1 "Rubber(wo)Man" Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Loni Peristere July 15, 2021
Scarlett as Rubberwoman
  • Part 1: A teenager and her Dads move into a forsaken home with a grim past. As the family makes renovations, a darkness takes root within them.[4]
  • Part 2: Scarlett enters a twisted new romance while Michael and Troy are forced to confront their rocky relationship.[4]

Prominent cast: Matt Bomer, Gavin Creel, Sierra McCormick, Kaia Gerber, Aaron Tveit.

3 Installment 1 "Drive In" Manny Coto Eduardo Sánchez July 22, 2021
Drive In2
A screening of a forbidden film has disastrous consequences.[5]

Prominent cast: Rhenzy Feliz, Madison Bailey, Naomi Grossman, John Carroll Lynch.

4 Installment 1 "The Naughty List" Manny Coto Max Winkler July 29, 2021
The Naughty List
A group of influencers face a reckoning after posting a problematic video online.[6]

Prominent cast: Kevin McHale, Nico Greetham, Dyllon Burnside, Charles Melton, Danny Trejo.

5 Installment 1 "BA'AL" Ali Adler & Manny Coto Sanaa Hamri August 5, 2021
BA'AL
A wife does the unthinkable for a chance at a successful pregnancy.[7]

Prominent cast: Billie Lourd, Ronen Rubinstein.

6 Installment 1 "Feral" Manny Coto Manny Coto August 12, 2021
Feral
A family goes on a camping trip unaware of what is lurking in the woods.[8]

Prominent cast: Cody Fern, Aaron Tveit.

7 Installment 1 "Game Over" Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Liz Friedlander August 19, 2021
Game Over 3
A couple dares to spend the night in one of the most infamous haunted houses.[9]

Prominent cast: Dylan McDermott, Sierra McCormick, Kaia Gerber, Jamie Brewer.

1 Installment 2 "Dollhouse" Manny Coto Loni Peristere July 21, 2022
AHStories Dollhouse
A job interview goes horribly wrong.

Prominent cast: Denis O'Hare, Kristine Froseth, Houston Jax Towe.

2 Installment 2 "Aura" Manny Coto Max Winkler July 28, 2022
AHStories Aura
After moving into a new home, a married couple is terrorized by a cryptic visitor. [10]

Prominent cast: Gabourey Sidibe, Max Greenfield.

3 Installment 2 "Drive" Manny Coto Yangzom Brauen August 4, 2022
AHStories Drive
A club girl's life is turned upside down when the nightlife begins following her home.[11]

Prominent cast: Bella Thorne, Nico Greetham.

4 Installment 2 "Milkmaids" Our Lady J Alonso Alvarez August 11, 2022
AHStories Milkmaids
An outcast risks everything in order to save her small town from devastation.[12]

Prominent cast: Cody Fern, Seth Gabel.

5 Installment 2 "Bloody Mary" Angela L. Harvey SJ Main Muñoz August 18, 2022
AHStories Bloody Mary
A group of teenage girls are horrified to learn that every wish has a price.[13]

Prominent cast: Dominique Jackson, Quvenzhané Wallis.

6 Installment 2 "Facelift" Manny Coto Marcus Stokes August 25, 2022
AHStories Facelift
A woman desperate to look her best does the unthinkable.[14]

Prominent cast: Judith Light, Rebecca Dayan.

7 Installment 2 "Necro" Crystal Liu Logan Kibens September 1, 2022
AHStories Necro
A young mortician discovers the living are more terrifying than the dead.[15]

Prominent cast: Madison Iseman, Cameron Cowperthwaite.

8 Installment 2 "Lake" Manny Coto Tessa Blake September 8, 2022
AHStories Lake
A mysterious drowning uncovers secrets at the bottom of the lake.[16]

Prominent cast: Alicia Silverstone, Teddy Sears.

1 Installment 3 "Bestie" Joe Baken Max Winkler October 26, 2023
After the loss of her mother, a young woman seeks connection in a mysterious online friend.[17]

Prominent cast: Jessica Barden, Emma Halleen, Seth Gabel, Jeff Hiller, Amrou Al-Kadhi, Allius Barnes.

2 Installment 3 "Daphne" Brad Falchuk & Manny Coto Elegance Bratton October 26, 2023
An artificial intelligence smart device grows attached to her user.[18]

Prominent cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Reid Scott, Maury Ginsberg.

3 Installment 3 "Tapeworm" Joe Baken Alexis Martin Woodall October 26, 2023
An up-and-coming model will stop at nothing in her hunger for success. [19]

Prominent cast: Lisa Rinna, Laura Kariuki, Rob Yang, Hazel Graye.

4 Installment 3 "Organ" Manny Coto Petra Collins October 26, 2023
A blind date through an online dating app goes very awry.[20]

Prominent cast: Raúl Castillo, Emily Browning, Cameron Cowperthwaite, Laila Robins.

Production[]

The series was first announced by Ryan Murphy on his Instagram and later confirmed by FX, [21] with FX chairman John Landgraf announcing the premiere for July, 2021 on FX on Hulu.[22]

Murphy announced that the series will feature 16 episodes and that many cast members from the original series will be part of it. The episode count for the first installment was later reduced to 7.[21]

On August 4th, 2020, during a Netflix panel for her upcoming series Ratched, Sarah Paulson announced that she would be directing the series.[23] However, this never materialized likely due to conflicting schedules.

The posters for the first season contain hidden clues to then upcoming AHS: Double Feature.

In August 2021, the series was renewed for a second season, ahead of the first season' finale.[24]

FX Networks released the promotional poster for Season 2 on June 21, 2022, and released its official teaser on June 30, 2022. The teaser is titled "Die-O-Rama" and it showed creepy human dolls and dollhouses while The Chordettes' "Mr. Sandman" plays in the background. [25]

Production on a third season was halted by the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike.[26] Due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, filming for Season 12 of AHS: Delicate was paused in June, 2023, affecting production of the spin-off series as well. [27] As of July, 2023, FX on Hulu has yet to officially announce the release date for the third season. [28]

The first four episodes would be released as part of the 'Huluween' event on October 26, 2023, on Hulu.[29]

Casting[]

On November 11, 2020, Ryan Murphy revealed via Instagram that many actors from the original series will star in the spin-off. Furthermore, he replied to Dylan McDermott's and Cody Fern's comments on the image confirming that both are part of the cast. [21] Ryan Murphy expanded the cast by adding Glee alum Kevin McHale, Pose actor Dyllón Burnside, The Prom‘s Nico Greetham, and Charles Melton, who previously co-starred as Mr. Wu in Hotel.[30]

A sneak peek of some of the American Horror Stories cast was released on social media on July 8, 2021. The video is reminiscent of key elements of Murder House, and shows the credits on a TV screen with eerie interferences.[31]

A sneak peek of some of the cast for the third episode was released on March 20. Similarly to the previous one, it features close shots of tools in a basement laboratory, cast names on a TV screen with interferences, and interactions between Rubber Man and Rubber Woman.[32]

For the second season, the cast was revealed through a sneak peak video. Cody Fern, Max Greenfield, Nico Greetham, Denis O'Hare and Gabourey Sidibe — all of whom have either appeared in episode of American Horror Stories or their own seasons of American Horror Story, or in some cases both — will be back for more scares this season. The video also revealed new actors joining the franchise – Dominique Jackson, Judith Light, Alicia Silverstone, Bella Thorne and Quvenzhané Wallis. [33]

Former star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Lisa Rinna is expected to appear in an episode of the third season of the anthology series titled "Tapeworm."[34]

Gallery[]

Trailers[]

References[]

  1. FX's American Horror Stories Premiere Date (@ahsfx) - Instagram
  2. Somebody’s watching you. FX’s American Horror Stories Season 2 drops 7/21 only on Hulu – AHSFX on Twitter
  3. American Horror Stories on Hulu
  4. 4.0 4.1 Listings - AMERICAN HORROR STORIES on FX ON HULU - (#101/102) "Rubber(wo)Man / Rubber(wo)Man Part Two".
  5. Listings - AMERICAN HORROR STORIES on FX ON HULU - (#103) "Drive In".
  6. Listings - AMERICAN HORROR STORIES on FX ON HULU - (#104) "The Naughty List".
  7. Listings - AMERICAN HORROR STORIES (#205) - BA'AL.
  8. Listings - AMERICAN HORROR STORIES on FX ON HULU - (#106) "Feral".
  9. Listings - AMERICAN HORROR STORIES on FX ON HULU - (#107) "Game Over".
  10. Listings - AMERICAN HORROR STORIES on FX ON HULU - (#202) "Aura".
  11. Listings - AMERICAN HORROR STORIES on FX ON HULU - (#203) "Drive".
  12. Listings - AMERICAN HORROR STORIES on FX ON HULU - (#204) "Milkmaids".
  13. Listings - AMERICAN HORROR STORIES on FX ON HULU - (#205) "Bloody Mary".
  14. Listings - AMERICAN HORROR STORIES on FX ON HULU - (#206) "Facelift".
  15. Listings - AMERICAN HORROR STORIES on FX ON HULU - (#207) "Necro".
  16. Listings - AMERICAN HORROR STORIES on FX ON HULU - (#208) "Lake".
  17. Listings - AMERICAN HORROR STORIES on FOX on Hulu - (#301) "Bestie"
  18. Listings - AMERICAN HORROR STORIES on FOX on Hulu - (#302) "Daphne"
  19. Listings - AMERICAN HORROR STORIES on FOX on Hulu - (#303) "Tapeworm"
  20. Listings - AMERICAN HORROR STORIES on FOX on Hulu - (#304) "Organ"
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Ryan Murphy Hosts Zoom Call With American Horror Stories Cast (@mrrpmurphy) - Instagram
  22. Del Rosario, Alexandra (2021/18/05). ‘AHS10’, ‘American Horror Stories,’ ‘Impeachment: ACS’ & ‘Atlanta’ Season 3: FX Chairman John Landgraf Teases Approximate Premiere Dates. Deadline.
  23. ‘AHS’ Spinoff ‘American Horror Stories’: Sarah Paulson To Direct On Ryan Murphy Series
  24. The Stories don't stop here.#AHStories will return for another season - Ryan Murphy - Instagram (@mrrpmurphy)
  25. Uduk-Abasi, Ekong (July 9, 2022). 'American Horror Stories' Season 2: Trailer, Release Date, Cast, and Everything We Know So Far. Collider.
  26. Patten (May 11, 2023). "WGA Strike: Power Book II: Ghost & Pretty Little LiarsTemporarily Shuttered By East Coast Scribes".
  27. WGA Strike Shuts Down ‘Billions’ Amid Skirmishes, Cries Of “Scabs” Outside NYC Studio; Teamsters Refuse To Cross Pickets At ‘American Horror Story’ Filming. Deadline.
  28. Casanova, Sandy. American Horror Stories season 3 release updates, strike delay, and everything we know.. Hidden Remote.
  29. American Horror Stories - 2023 Huluween Event
  30. Del Rosario, Alexandra (June 3, 2021). ‘American Horror Stories’: Ryan Murphy Unveils Cast For ‘AHS’ Spinoff Series. Deadline.
  31. Take a peek at some of American Horror Stories cast - Instagram (@ahsfx)
  32. Can You Handle Another? The Cast of AHStories - Episode 3 - Instagram (@ahsfx)
  33. Swift, Andy (2022, July 13). American Horror Stories: Bella Thorne, Alicia Silverstone and More Join Cast of Season 2 — Watch Terrifying Trailer. TVLine. Archived from the original on 2022-07-13.
  34. Tinoco, Armando (June 20, 2023). Lisa Rinna To Star In ‘American Horror Stories’ Season 3. Deadline.
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