"Welcome to Devil's Night at the Hotel Cortez."
Aileen Wuornos
"Devil's Night"
Series American Horror Story: Hotel
Season 5, Episode 4
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Air date October 28th, 2015
Writers Jennifer Salt
Director Loni Peristere
Producers Ned Martel; Robert M. Williams, Jr.; Alexis Martin Woodall; Bradley Buecker; James Wong; Jennifer Salt; Brad Falchuk; Ryan Murphy
Starring Kathy Bates; Sarah Paulson; Evan Peters; Wes Bentley; Matt Bomer; Chloë Sevigny; Denis O'Hare; Cheyenne Jackson; Angela Bassett; Lady Gaga
Episode guide
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"Devil's Night" is the fourth episode of season five of the horror anthology series, American Horror Story, which is billed under the heading of "Hotel". It is the fifty-fifth episode of the series overall. It was directed by Loni Peristere with a script written by Jennifer Salt. It first aired on the FX Network on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 10:00 pm.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Starring[edit | edit source]

Note: Listings marked with a (†) symbol indicate cast members who are credited in this episode, but their character does not make an appearance.

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • American Horror Story was created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. It is a seasonal anthology series that takes place within a shared continuity. Though each season is a self-contained storyline, the show recycles many of the same actors in different roles from season to season.
  • This episode is rated TV-MA. It contains strong language and scenes of graphic violence. Viewer discretion is advised.
  • This episode is production code number 5ATS04.
  • This episode had a viewership of 3.045 million people upon its initial broadcast, which is 0.157 lower than the previous episode. It is the fourth most-watched episode from the season. It had a ratings share of 1.6% in the 18-49 viewing demographic. [1]

Allusions[edit | edit source]

  • The title of this episode is a popular catch phrase attributed to October 30th, which is the night before Halloween. It is also referred to as "Mischief Night", and follows a tradition of local youths playing various pranks on neighbors, such as unraveling toilet paper throughout their front yards, or doing something disruptive on their property. "Devil's Night" has also been connected with acts of violence, vandalism, and arson as portrayed in the feature film The Crow.
  • Aileen Wuornos was an actual sex worker and serial killer. She was born Aileen Carol Pittman in Rochester, Michigan on February 29th, 1956. Aileen was responsible for the deaths of seven men, all of whom she killed while operating as a sex worker in Florida from 1989 to 1990. She was arrested in Volusia County on January 9th, 1991. Her trial began on January 14th, 1992. She was found guilty of six of the seven murders and was executed by lethal injection on October 9th, 2002. She was 46-years-old at the time of her death.
  • Richard Ramirez was an actual Satanist, burglar, rapist and serial killer. Between the months of June, 1984 to August, 1985, Richard Ramirez terrorized the Los Angeles area with his murderous crimes, including multiple home invasions, resulting in the deaths of sixteen people. The media dubbed him the "Night Stalker". A younger version of Ramirez will have a more prominent role in the ninth season of the show, "1984", where he will be played by actor Zach Villa.

Bloopers[edit | edit source]

  • When Aileen Wuornos sits down at the bar in the hotel, Liz Taylor hands her a beer. She picks up the beer and goes to drink it. In the next shot Liz Taylor hands her the beer again and she drinks it. [2]

Quotes[edit | edit source]


  • John Wayne Gacy: I mean, just because you got thirty bodies buried in your crawl space don't mean you can't have a really terrific rec room and be a respectable businessman.


  • Aileen Wuornos: You know what you do when all you know is people taking? You start to give, give it away before they can take it from you, give it all away for free. And that way, you can pretend that it doesn't hurt.



  • Aileen Wuornos: You try and take anything from Aileen Wuornos and I swear to Jesus H. Christ I will take everything from you!


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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Porter, Rick (October 29, 2015). "Wednesday cable ratings: Republican debate sets a CNBC record but down from previous debates". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 31, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  2. IMDB; American Horror Story: Devil's Night; Continuity.


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