With bated breath, fans all await Wednesday's premiere of American Horror Story: Hotel . This season promises to bring some serious nightmares with many of the characters, settings and story lines based on real life horrors. You know, just in case you were thinking about retiring the good ol' nightlight. If you are like me and would like to properly map out just how many sleepless nights you can expect this season, you are probably wondering how many episodes of American Horror Story: Hotel will there be? Well the answer to that happens to be, lucky number 13. Poetic, huh?
Lady Gaga is slated to appear (and slay us with her fierceness) in all 13 episodes and most fan favorites from past seasons will be returning too. We may not get the goddess that is Jessica Lange back in a lead role, but she has stated that she would happily accept a character or appearance with less demands than a lead would have. So, everyone cross your fingers and light a black flame candle to try and make that happen. Luckily we can expect to see Wes Bentley, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, and Angela Bassett all return as various unsavory characters for this season, so we are blessed after all.
Since American Horror Story: Hotel will take place at the ominous Hotel Cortez, I thought it might be fun to take a look back on the most horrific hotels in horror movie history. Ya know, to get in the proper mood.
The mother of all hotels/motels has got to be The Bates Motel. This has everything. It has mommy issues, shower murders, and taxidermy parents. What more could you ask for in your motel stay?
2. The Shining
Raise your hand if you don't want to be snowed into a hotel with your family after watching this horror gem. Any time a little kid starts creeping around saying "murder" backwards, it's time to vacate.
Speaking of vacate...this movie has all the best hotel horror movie tropes that should signal the main characters to leave immediately. Good looking couple with no cell phone signal, lost on random road with no gps and the sounds of bloodcurdling screams from a back room as they check in to a seedy motel? Check, check and check!
4. The Innkeepers
Just look at that heart breaker up there. This little known horror gem follows two hotel employees while they document the strange happenings in their haunted place of employment. Because you shouldn't just worry about getting murdered while staying in a hotel, you should also worry about seeing gnarly looking ghosts.
So, I don't know about you, but I am now going to go think about unicorns and puppies. If you are ready to get scared, check out the American Horror Story: Hotel premiere Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. ET.
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