We’re smack-dab in the middle of season eight of FX’s popular horror anthology “American Horror Story,” and things are heating up in this crossover of seasons one and three, “Murder House” and “Coven.”
To keep you satiated until the next episode drops, we decided to take a look at the entire television series to find these 13 fun facts.
The show’s iconic font was inspired by a Scottish architect.
The font featured in the title and credits of the series is a variation of the font Charles Rennie Mackintosh, which was inspired by the Scottish architect of the same name, according to Art of the Title.
Season one’s “Murder House” was also in “Buffy,” “Bones,” and other shows.
The “Murder House” in season one, which is actually the Rosenheim Mansion in Los Angeles, has been a popular filming location for many TV shows, including “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Bones,” and “Law & Order: SVU,” according to Atlas Obscura.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka almost played Chad and Patrick in season one.
Showrunner Ryan Murphy offered married celebrity couple Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka the roles of Chad Warwick and his boyfriend, Patrick, former owners of the Murder House.
Harris and Burtka turned down the roles, Entertainment Weekly reported, but later had supporting roles in season four.
The asylum in season two is actually an old courthouse in Orange County.
The exterior of the asylum in season two, “American Horror Story: Asylum,” is the historic Old Orange County Courthouse in California, according to The Orange County Register.
On why he chose to focus on an asylum in season two, cocreator and executive producer Ryan Murphy said in a press release, “We picked ‘Asylum’ because it not only describes the setting – a 1964 insane asylum run by Jessica Lange’s character which was formerly a tuberculosis ward – but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted.”
Lana Winters’ return to the asylum was based on a real-life event.
The sequence in which Sarah Paulson’s character, Lana Winters, returns to the asylum in season two as a reporter was inspired by real footage from when reporter Bill Baldini exposed terrible conditions at Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City, Pennsylvania.
Kit Walker is the name of an AHS character — and a superhero.
In season two, actor Evan Peters’ character, Kit Walker, has the same name as the alter ego of the comic book superhero “The Phantom,” according to Wicked Horror.
Stevie Nicks songs were featured in almost every “Coven” episode.
Stevie Nicks’ cameo in “American Horror Story: Coven” wasn’t the iconic singer’s only contribution to the third season. Nearly every episode featured a song written by her, including “Rhiannon,” “Seven Wonders,” “Edge of Seventeen,” and “Sara.”
You can actually stay at Miss Robichaux’s Academy in New Orleans.
Miss Robichaux’s Academy, where all the witches live in season three, is actually the Buckner Mansion in New Orleans, according to Deep South magazine. You can even spend the night, but you’d better be a megafan: It costs $US20,000 to rent.
Connie Britton, who played Vivien in season one, was almost in “Coven.”
Actress Connie Britton, who played Vivien Harmon in season one, apparently wanted to play another role in season three but was too busy filming her show “Nashville,” according to IMDB.
Jimmy Darling from “Freakshow” was based on the real-life “Lobster Boy.”
In season four, “American Horror Story: Freakshow,” Peters’ character, Jimmy Darling – who has lobster-like fingers – was based on a real man, Grady Stiles Jr., according to Healthline. Stiles was called “Lobster Boy” because he was born with fused fingers and toes.
Ryan Murphy used songs by musicians who called themselves “freaks” in season four.
Viewers complained that season four featured songs that weren’t yet released in 1952, when the show takes place. But there’s a reason those particular songs were chosen.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Sarah Paulson, who plays conjoined twins Bette and Dot, explained why it’s no coincidence that music by David Bowie and others appears in the show. “Ryan had some prerequisites in terms of how the songs were chosen. The songs all had to be chosen by people who identified themselves as freaks,” she said.
Clowns were not a fan of Twisty the Clown from “Freakshow.”
Season four’s murderous Twisty the Clown was one of the series’ scariest villains, but many professional clowns weren’t fans of John Carroll Lynch’s portrayal, according to Uproxx. Clowns of America International complained that the character gave clowns a bad reputation.
The hotel in season five is based on a real LA hotel with a dark past.
Season five’s location, the Hotel Cortez, was inspired by a real Los Angeles hotel with an equally terrifying history, according to Bustle. The Hotel Cecil has seen several suicides and murders during its history and was patronized by two serial killers, Jack Unterweger and Richard Ramirez, aka the Night Stalker, who’s depicted in season five.
In 2013, the hotel again made headlines when a young Canadian woman, Elisa Lam, died there. “American Horror Story: Hotel” is dedicated to her.
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