'American Horror Stories' Episode 1 Review: 'Rubber Woman' Recap

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Will there be a new season of American Horror Story?

American Horror Story: Double Feature is the upcoming tenth season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Originally scheduled to premiere in late 2020, its production was delayed as result of the COVID-19 pandemic. wikipedia.orgAmerican Horror Story: Double Feature

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She is set to appear in the upcoming Hulu-exclusive series, American Horror Stories.

And Kaia Gerber's role appears to be a steamy one - seen passionately kissing her on-screen girlfriend, Sierra McCormick, in a newly-released teaser trailer for the show. 

Series co-creator Ryan Murphy shared the trailer to his Instagram account on Wednesday, with the caption 'Killer Looks' - as it featured a bevy of young, attractive actors from the show. 

Locking lips: Kaia Gerber was seen planting a kiss on her on-screen girlfriend, Sierra McCormick, in a newly released teaser trailer for the upcoming series American Horror Story that was shared to Ryan Murphy's Instagram account on Wednesday

Kaia is set to portray Ruby in the upcoming program, which is set to make its debut on the streaming service on Thursday. 

At the beginning of the teaser, several influencers could be seen hamming it up for the camera before Gerber, 19, passionately kissed the 23-year-old actress.

After several quick cuts with other cast members were shown, the influencer was seen rising from out of a tub and looking intently into the distance.

Several more scenes with her co-stars, including Dyllon Burnside and Nico Greetham, were shown, most of which featured the performers partying and reacting in terror to offscreen occurrences.

The trailer ended with Gerber running to greet her on-screen girlfriend, from the infamous AHS Murder House.

High-profile addition: The social media personality is set to portray a character named Ruby in the upcoming series, which serves as a spinoff of American Horror Story

Coming soon: American Horror Stories is set to make its debut on the Hulu streaming service on Thursday

Murphy also wrote a brief message in the post's caption that simply read: 'Killer looks.'

Development on American Horror Stories was first announced in May of last year when the producer announced that he was working on the spinoff series in the caption for a post made to his Instagram account.

Although American Horror Story usually airs on FX, the new version of the program is set to be made available on the Hulu streaming service.

Long time coming: Development on the spinoff was initially announced last May through a post that Murphy shared to his Instagram account

The forthcoming series will consist of seven hour-long episodes, all of which will feature self-contained storylines, as opposed to the original show's season-long format for plotlines.

Several series regulars will appear in the upcoming spinoff, including Billie Lourd, John Carroll Lynch and Cody Fern, among numerous others.

Sarah Paulson, who has been featured on several seasons of the original program, will serve as one of American Horror Stories' directors.

Newcomers to the show include Paris Jackson, Kevin McHale and Madison Bailey.

Mixing it up: The spinoff series will feature the talents of several actors from the original show as well as numerous newcomers

Gerber's casting was initially announced in March through a post that Murphy shared to his Instagram account.

Danny Trejo is set to appear as a murderous version of Santa Claus in one of the spinoff's episodes.

American Horror Stories will be made available to the public on Thursday.

A two-part season of the original series, which will be released under the title Double Feature, is also scheduled to make its debut on August 25th.

Not the end: A two-part season of the original show is set to make its debut on August 25th

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American Horror Stories Premiere Review - "Rubber(wo)Man" and "Rubber(wo)Man Part 2"

IGN 16 July, 2021 - 05:00am

American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's decade-running TV franchise, forever bubbling over with scares and snark, is now embracing the episodic anthology game with American Horror Stories, an earnest stab at shorter quick-bite horror and, even possibly, an attempt to solve some of the lingering woes the regular Horror Story seasons have been suffering from for a handful of years now. The end result here, after a two-part premiere -- "Rubber(wo)Man" Parts 1 and 2 -- is a story that starts strong but then undercuts its initial bite with a second half that feels too silly and sloppy.

Keeping things within the American Horror Story universe, which officially went full shared universe with 2018's American Horror Story: Apocalypse, "Rubber(wo)Man" brings us back into Season 1's Murder House (which also was a big part of Apocalypse and a bit player in other seasons) for a new romp through the ghostly halls of the most haunted manor on the West Coast. And while none of main players from the original Murder House tale are back (Evan Peters, Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, etc), the story still makes good use of the unique ghostly physics of the place and the new doomed family moving in to try and capitalize on the dwellings' diabolical history.

It's not known yet whether or not the remaining Stories episodes will be as overtly connected to famous past American Horror Story seasons or if this is just an "introduction to the new format" deal in order to solidly tether it to the franchise right out of the gate, but the notion works. As American Horror Story grows longer in the tooth and more frequently offers diminishing returns, Murder House is still one of the series' best regarded seasons. So it's both an easy and efficient idea to kick off this anthology show with a dive back into this lore-filled landscape.

Part 2 purposefully rocks the boat, though, and disrupts the terror elements, as AHS tends to do, by overcrowding the allegory and making things more ridiculous. It's always a challenge to balance horror and humor and this franchise has, as the years went on, relied way more on sass and irreverence to assuage audience anxiety and fear. A little of this goes a long way and, sadly, the series tends to use too much of it. Horror can certainly have feel-good endings and moments of righteous redemption, but Part 2 dilutes the mix by propelling Scarlett and her new phantom girlfriend (played by "very obviously Cindy Crawford's daughter" Kaia Gerber) forward as a pair of psychotic superheroes for a second half that plays more like a comedy.

McCormick, however, is great and super engaging as the center of these two episodes. Regardless as to how "Rubber(wo)Man" Part 2 wraps up, this is definitely a character who could slip into a different story somewhere else in the AHS-verse and feel quite at home as a comfortable psychopath. There's Dexter-style quality to Scarlett's transformation and aftermath and if Stories is at all meant to flesh out the entire franchise's tapestry, then she's a very welcome new stitch. Part 2's issues mostly reside with Bomer and Creel's characters and their marital drama distracting from Scarlett's more interesting arc. They're not unimportant characters, but their relationship implodes somewhat predictably and it sidetracks the whole story. Then there's other orbiting nonsense involving house ghosts that make the story feel like it's taking a few steps backwards.

American Horror Stories still may hold the key, ultimately, to this decade-long property's issues. Rarely able to sustain a full season's worth of suspense and/or entertainment, American Horror Story feels strained in its middle episodes, even within its better seasons. Here, in short form, it stands a chance of avoiding this. As it also does with the upcoming American Horror Story: Double Feature (yes, there's still a new season coming in August) where the run of episodes will be divided into two separate stories, thus eliminating some the excess. Even with these shorter takes though, American Horror Story will still be challenged by tonal footing and not having elements and themes unduly devour one another.

How American Horror Story spinoff connects to Murder House and Roanoke

digitalspy.com 16 July, 2021 - 05:00am

Ten years after Tate Langdon first slapped on some rubber in the Murder House, American Horror Story has dragged us back kicking and screaming with the first two episodes of a brand new spin-off called American Horror Stories.

Each episode takes us through a unique story set within the AHS universe, and while they're all supposed to be stand-alone, there are of course many links between this show and the one true supreme that preceded it.

Given this title, no one should have been surprised to see the infamous Rubber Man suit return in the first episode of American Horror Stories. But this time around, a teenage girl named Scarlett is the one who takes an interest in some haunted BDSM wear.

The first time she tries the suit on and looks in the mirror, someone else wearing the suit stares back at her, reminding us of Rubber Man's perverse history in the AHS franchise.

Rubber Man first came into being when a previous Murder House resident named Chad Warwick bought the suit to spice things up in the bedroom. Death soon followed, and it wasn't long before Rubber Man soon became synonymous with Evan Peters' character, Tate Langdon.

These twin boys ignored Addy's warning back in a 1978 flashback (from season one) and because of this, they ended up dying in the Murder House, trapped there forever. The Rutger's don't kill the therapist though. Instead, it's someone else who's wearing the rubber suit.

Things aren't all bad though. "There's another therapist here," she reveals later. "I'm just fighting for office hours." And later on, the therapist even reveals that she's working on a book with her new colleague. While it's never explicitly stated, this could only be Doctor Ben Harmon, a psychiatrist played by Dylan McDermott in season one.

Upon arriving at the Murder House, Maya is murdered by The Infantata while Scarlett finishes off the other girls. As longtime fans will remember, this creature is actually crafted from the pieced together remains of Charles and Nora Montgomery's child. Otherwise known as Thaddeus Montgomery, the character is never referred to as "the Infantata" on screen, aside from in the credits.

Episode two kicks off with more Murder House shenanigans, but it's not long before Roanoke comes into play too. During a session with their newly deceased therapist, Michael reveals that he's encountered a demonic spirit who wears a pig mask.

The Piggy Man will return in the series premiere of “American Horror Stories!” 🐷 #AmericanHorrorStories pic.twitter.com/GH13y0SidV

As season six fans will remember, the Piggy Man played a big role in Roanoke, killing anyone who dared to venture near Shelby's house. But actually, he was first mentioned way earlier on the show, all the way back in season one's "Piggy Piggy" episode.

It's there that Derrick first introduces the story of the Piggy Man, but he describes it as an urban legend. No pig spirit shows up in that season, but things have now come full circle by bringing Piggy Man back to the place where his story first started. It's worth noting though that this doesn't really make sense unless there is more than one pig-faced demon running around the US.

American Horror Story has played around with this rule a lot over the years, so it should come as no surprise that it comes up again now that we've returned to the place where it all began.

Episode two is set primarily at Halloween and follows spirits like Ruby as they leave the Murder House and accompany Scarlett in the real world. At the end, the girls that she helped kill seem to have forgiven Scarlett, and all of the spirits in the house can be seen enjoying some pancakes together as part of a new tradition. And every Halloween, Scarlett returns to the Murder House to reunite with her dead lover and equally dead fathers.

BUT Tate Langdon does kinda appear in spirit. Quite literally. Redditor SnooPaintings9915 notes that around the 14:06 mark, a figure wearing a green sweater appears in the background, watching Scarlett pleasure herself. The spirit's face can't be seen, but Tate's green jumper is pretty iconic for anyone who watched season one. This secret detail is definitely included to suggest that his character is still around, even if Evan Peters himself isn't credited at the end.

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How American Horror Stories ties into previous seasons

The Independent 16 July, 2021 - 02:10am

Instead of changing focus every season, however, American Horror Stories is comprised of a number of standalone episodes, each telling their own distinct story.

Despite this, however, viewers of the two episodes which debuted yesterday were pleased to discover that the series contains a number of tie-ins to previous seasons of the core American Horror Story series.

Here’s a breakdown of the connections between the two shows that were spotted in the first two episodes of American Horror Stories.

The first episode of American Horror Stories featured the notorious Rubber Man suit, initially seen in the first season of the original AHS, Murder House.

The haunted suit was once worn by Tate Langdon (Evan Peters). It later returned in season eight, Apocalypse, when the show revisited the Murder House in which the suit resides. This time, it is a teenage girl called Scarlett who is attracted to the suit.

Attentive viewers may catch an oblique reference to Dylan McDermott’s psychiatrist Ben Harmon, in a flashback scene featuring another therapist.

Sarah Paulson in ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke'

Episode one also features the return of The Infantata, the monster otherwise known as Thaddeus Montgomery, who appeared in the first season of AHS.

The second episode of American Horror Stories brings the return of the “Piggy Man”, a memorable figure in season six, Roanoke, of the original series.

American Horror Stories can be watched on Hulu in the US. No UK release date has currently been announced.

Sarah Paulson in ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke'

American Horror Stories Season 1, Episode 2, 'Rubber(wo)Man Part Two,' Recap & Spoilers

CBR - Comic Book Resources 15 July, 2021 - 09:13pm

Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's American Horror Stories' premiere kicked off with a bang, dropping a two-part episode. The first installment, "Rubber(wo)man Part One," followed Michael (Matt Bomer) and Troy (Gavin Creel), along with their angsty, slightly sociopathic teenage daughter Scarlett (Sierra McCormick), after they purchased American Horror Story: Murder House's titular home in hopes of renovating it into a haunted bed and breakfast. As far as their daughter's story goes, Scarlett's run-in with a particularly cruel group of popular girls resulted in her murdering them and burying their bodies behind a brick wall on the property. Given that all people killed on the Murder House's grounds are doomed to spend eternity there, Maya (Paris Jackson) and her posse still roam the halls -- and they are hungry for revenge.

When "Rubber(wo)Man Part Two" picks up, it's clear weeks have passed since Scarlett murdered Maya and her friends. In that time, she met another spirit, Ruby (Kaia Gerber), and began a romance. In many ways, the girls are perfect for each other. Both seem to share a twisted lust for blood and murder. However, while taking a bath together, Ruby divulges her horrific past, which explains her violent tendencies. As a child, Ruby was sent to live with her abusive Uncle Tony after her parents died. After enduring years of torture, Uncle Tony brought her to see her parents, revealing that they never died -- they just didn't want her.

While Scarlett's clearly moved on from Maya and the other girls' murders, the police have not. They return to talk to Michael and Troy, informing them the girls' cellphone records place them at the Murder House and Scarlett as their last contact. Despite the evidence, Michael and Troy remain adamant that their daughter has nothing to do with the girls' disappearances. That night, Maya and her posse appear in Scarlett's room, eager to kill their murderer. However, Ruby intervenes and protects Scarlett.

Meanwhile, Michael and Troy's marriage begins to crack. Michael wants to sell the house. Not only does he fear they are financially in over their head, but he also says he's seen ghosts, including the infamous Piggy Man, who premiered in AHS: Murder House. In contrast, Troy wants to stay. Convinced they will make their money back, he decides to hire a contractor behind Michael's back. Aside from keeping that secret, Michael later walks in on Troy flirting with the contractor, Adam (Aaron Tveit), much to his dismay.

Although Troy insists he won't cheat, he does so in the next scene. However, Troy and Adam's affair is interrupted by Adam's worker, Martin (Abraham Luna), who has uncovered a horrible smell coming from behind the brick wall Scarlett built. Adam tears down the wall, revealing the bodies of Maya and the other girls. Before anyone can react, he bashes Martin's head in, terrifying Michael and Troy. Adam explains that Martin would "be a problem," but he will keep their secret. The catch is, he wants to be a partner in the bed and breakfast, do all the contracting work and get in on their marriage.

Scarlett returns home to discover the girls' bodies have been unearthed and her dads murdered. She knows Ruby killed them and confronts her. Given Scarlett's sadistic nature, she recovers quickly from the incident, choosing to go to a Halloween party instead of leaving the house like her dads beg her to. Considering Halloween is the one day ghosts can walk the Earth, Ruby accompanies her. Meanwhile, Maya and the girls plan to follow and finally get their revenge by killing Scarlett off the property.

While at the Halloween party, Scarlett has a heart-to-heart with Ruby, asking her not to rob her of the choice to leave. She makes Ruby promise not to kill her in the Murder House just because Ruby's scared Scarlett will abandon her. Ruby agrees just before Scarlett's friend from school, Shanti (Belissa Escobedo), interrupts them. Shanti's angry Scarlett's been ignoring her, but a jealous Ruby scares her off. Scarlett follows Shanti. To her surprise, her friend accuses Scarlett of killing the girls and being a "psychopath." She demands that Scarlett stay out of her life, and Scarlett angrily walks off.

That's when Maya and her crew approach Shanti and threaten to kill her for standing in the way of justice. However, Ruby steps in and chases them off. Later, Ruby and Scarlett cross paths in a haunted house, where they each take pleasure in murdering the actors. But it's not long before they are interrupted by the revenge-seeking girls. Knowing they plan to kill Scarlett, Ruby tells her to run.

After departing the Murder House, the episode picks up ten months later. Scarlett calls in to check on Ruby and her dads, who have settled into a sitcom-esque life, making pancakes and friends with the other spirits in the house. While Ruby feigns boredom, she seems happy. Scarlett sweetens Ruby's mood by telling her she's going to kill Uncle Tony. After they hang up, Scarlett keeps her promise. She puts on the rubber suit, rings Uncle Tony's doorbell and cracks him over the head when he answers. As Ruby sets off into a monologue, "Rubber(wo)Man Part Two" concludes with Scarlett returning to the Murder House for Halloween and embracing Ruby.

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Time Out New York 15 July, 2021 - 12:07pm

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