Freaky and Frightening Facts About ‘American Horror Story’

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‘American Horror Story’ is a show featured on the FX Network that is known for its odd humor and grotesque characteristics. The show’s ability to keep audiences always guessing is one of the many reasons why the audiences keep coming back for more. Fans of the show are certainly used to surprises, but when it comes to behind-the-scenes trivia, even very loyal viewers might not know the whole story. Many of the characters on the show were inspired by real people, and many of the situations in the show are based on real ones. Even the most loyal viewers might not know the entire story. How much do you really know about the show? We’ve made a list of the freakiest facts about the show that are certain to keep you up at night.

Hotel Cortez Is Based Off A Real Hotel In Chicago

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The deadly and terrifying setting of ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ is totally based off a real existing hotel in the United States that was built by H.H. Holmes in Chicago before the world’s fair in the late 1800s. Holmes first built the hotel with the intention of murdering his guests and then stashing their bodies in the hotel’s collection of trap doors, chutes, and hidden passageways. The hotel later became known as the Murder Castle.

Every Scene With Bette and Dot Took Nearly 15 Hours To Shoot

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Sarah Paulson’s scenes as Bette and Dot took countless visual effects and some puppeteering in order to achieve the appearance of both of their heads. To create the very different Tattler sister, the production took a mold of Paulson’s head and had two prosthetic heads built, one for Dot and another for Bette.

You Can Actually Stay In The ‘Murder House’

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The infamous Rosenheim Mansion from season one was built in 1908 and it is every bit as creepy as it looks on the show. The only difference is that there haven’t been any reports of spooky occurrences on the estate. In 2016, the actual house was put on AirBnB where buyers could stay in the house for a night for the casual price of $1,450. However, the listing was taken down after just a few days. If you were given the chance to stay in this spooky structure, would you?

Evan Peters and Emma Roberts Are Dating In Real Life

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It looks like, among all the evil, blood, and gore, a romance was born and bloomed right on the set. Since confirming their relationship back in 2012, Peters and Roberts have broken up, gotten back together, got engaged, split up, and then apparently got engaged again just a few days later.

Every Season Is Connected

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Although each season of the show takes place in a different era and a different setting with different characters, creator of the show, Ryan Murphy, has made it clear that every season is connected to each other. Lana Winters from Asylum made an appearance in My Roanoke Nightmare, but this is only one example of characters from other seasons making cameos. In season five, Queenie checked in and out of the hotel, and Sarah Paulson’s character from season one gave us some supernatural realness.

The ‘Freaks’ Are Based On Real Performers

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When it comes to interesting characters, the Freak Show ones take the cake. This is most likely because a lot of the characters are based on real performers from the era of the Freak Show and circus. Evan Peter’s character, Jimmy Darling, was inspired by Grady Stiles Jr, nick-named the ‘Lobster Man.’ In real life, Grady was born with a condition called ectrodactyly, which is a congenital disorder that makes hands and feet resemble claws. Grady was a very famous ‘Freak Show’ performer, and his son described him as a ‘racist and abusive’ individual. Grady Stiles Jr was convicted of murdering his eldest daughter’s fiance, before getting murdered himself in 1992.

The Disappearance Of The Roanoke Colony Is Still A Mystery To This Day

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Although many people fell in love with season six, many of the fans of the show were disappointed that the history of the actual Roanoke colony wasn’t explored more. The real Roanoke colony came to the United States from England in 1587 to help populate the ‘New World.’ Three years later, the entire town and all its inhabitants disappeared without a trace. The only thing that was left was a wooden post with the word “Croatoan” engraved in it, which is a word that is often mentioned in series six.

Jessica Lange Repeatedly Turned Down AHS

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Can you even picture AHS without the queen herself, Jessica Lange? Well, originally, Jessica turned down the role of Constance and only took the role after several pleas from Ryan Murphy. Jessica’s hesitation to star on the show could have been due to the fact that she has often done work on the big screen. She even admitted, “I’ve never done this kind of television before.” Well, it looks like the gamble paid off.

Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters Are The Series’ Staples

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Many fans of the show are used to seeing the same actors playing different roles in each season, but Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters have appeared in every season of the show to date. Between the two of them, they have played a staggering 23 roles in the eight seasons. Paulson has played nine characters, and Peters has played a staggering 14 characters, six of which appeared in Cult alone.

FX Network Released Fake Promos To Throw People Off

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In order to prevent spoilers from getting out in advance of the show’s seasons, the FX network has confessed that they have released unrelated fake promos and trailers to confuse the audience about the real theme. For season six, only one of the 19 trailers that were released were real.

Jessica Lange and Ryan Murphy Grew Incredibly Close

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During the show’s first season, Jessica Lange and Ryan Murphy grew so close that he began to consult with her on the rest of her characters. When Lange said she wanted to sing and play a drunk, he created the character of Sister Jude in season two, who did just that. When Lange wanted to play a sophisticated Chanel-wearing lady, he made her season three character, Fiona the picture of elegance. Lange also drew from her real-life interest in circuses of the 1950s to play Elsa Mars, the owner of the freak show in season four.

Edward Mordrake From Freak Show Was A Real Person

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So you have probably heard the expression ‘I have eyes in the back of my head’, but did you know that Edward Mordrake was a real person with actual eyes in the back of his head. He didn’t have just eyes either, he had an entire face. His front-face is handsome, but the back face is distorted and evil. The back of his head is completely unhinged, and he whispers terrible things to Mordrake. Eventually, the face drives him insane. Well unlike most of the characters on ‘Freak Show’, Mordrake was the center of a Victorian urban legend who kills himself by taking poison when the whispers become too much for him to handle.

Nine Of The Shows Actors Have Won or Been Nominated For An Oscar

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‘American Horror Story’ has no shortage of talent that’s for sure. A total of nine Oscar-nominated and winning actors have appeared on the show. This includes Kathy Bates, Jessica Lange, and Angela Bassett. Looks like the show is full of some serious star power.

There Are Rumors That State That Stevie Nicks Is a Witch In Real Life

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Not only did actress and iconic singer Stevie Nicks play one of the witches on ‘American Horror Story: Coven’, but there was a rumor that was stirred up back in the ’80s that stated that she was a real-life witch and that her song “Rhiannon” was her anthem.

Lady Gaga’s Most Memorable Line Was Improvised

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Many times in television shows and movies, the lines that aren’t written end up being the most memorable ones. This was exactly the case with a certain line said by Lady Gaga in ‘Hotel’. According to Ryan Murphy, the original line was something like, “Your boy is beautiful”, but when he told her to say something else, she came up with “Your boy has a jawline for days.” The line fit so perfectly that Matt Bomer, who was supposed to be comatose during the scene struggled to keep from laughing.

Evan Peters Needed To Lubricate Himself To Get Into The ‘Rubber Man’ Character

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Getting entirely into a latex suit can be a pretty tough challenge, but Evan Peters discovered a fool-proof way of getting in and out of his costume. Due to the lack of giving in the latex, he would cover himself in lubricant to slip into the suit more easily. Apparently, he also split a lot of the suits while performing some stunts.

American Horror Story and Glee Actually Have Something In Common

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When you think about these two shows, you wouldn’t think that the two would have anything to do with one another. So, what is the common thread between the two? Well, it is actually Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk co-created Glee as well as American Horror Story. The shows ran simultaneously on FX Network for 3-plus years. The president and general manager of FX, John Landgraf stated that “Ryan and Brad, who created (Glee) together are evil geniuses…….”

American Horror Story Season Two Caused A Controversy

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Yes, the show was known for its touchy subjects and edgy scenes, but it wasn’t until the second season that people were baffled by the content. The first promo teaser for the season featured a nun carrying buckets of body parts and emptying them.

Zachary Quinto Would Play Banjo On Set

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The mood on the set of ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ was so grim that Zachary Quinto would bring the banjo out to try and lighten the mood. He said he’d play “on set a lot because it sort of lightens up the mood….at first I was a little bit nervous about doing that and then people were like, ‘Thank you for doing that. It makes it so much easier to work.”

Real Life Clowns Were Mad Because They Thought ‘Twisty The Clown’ Contributed To “Clown Fear”

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Yes, the president of Clowns of American International, the nation’s biggest clown club said that “Hollywood makes money sensationalizing the norm…they can take any situation no matter how good or pure and turn it into a nightmare.”

Briarcliff Was Based On A Real Mental Institution

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Do you recall Briarcliff, which was the mental institution for the backdrop of ‘Asylum’? Well, it was based on a real place. The Willowbrook State School, an institution for children with disabilities in New York, had a hidden secret. It turns out that the school actually kept the children in squalid conditions and abuse was very common there.