Wednesday 21 March 2018

American Horror Story: Hotel premiere - everyone's talking about Lady Gaga and Matt Bomer

Lady Gaga in American Horror Story: Hotel
Lady Gaga in American Horror Story: Hotel
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly


The fifth season of FX series, American Horror Story, kicked off in the US last night ahead of its UK and Ireland debut on October 20.

The first episode of American Horror Story: Hotel made quite an impression, racking up more blood and gore than the previous four seasons put together.

Cannibal children were seen eating a live Swedish tourist, a cheating couple were impaled on a hotel room headboard, and a woman was raped by a male mutant.

But it was Lady Gaga as Countess Elizabeth and the beautiful Matt Bomer as her partner Donovan who really caused a stir with fans.

As they returned from an outdoor screening of Nosferatu they picked up two young hipsters for a foursome at the Hotel Cortez in LA. 

Sex and blood and gore aplenty ensued, so much so that some fans of the show declared it too much and announced on Twitter that they wouldn't watch again.

However, the vast majority were enthralled by Gaga's debut and mesmerized by a naked bum shot of Bomer.

Here's a taster of reaction to the first episode on Twitter and scroll down the page for a sample of top reviews of Gaga's performance.

Daniel Finberg, The Hollywood Reporter

"Lady Gaga, effectively stepping in for Jessica Lange, has gotten most of the early publicity for her extended acting debut. After an hour, it remains to be seen how Gaga will handle extended dialogue or emotional volatility, but she's initially just being asked to embody a visual conceit, which she does convincingly. She struts in high fashion with confidence, she does near-nudity without self-consciousness and she has a feral resemblance to Nosferatu star Max Schreck, which might seem accidental except that several characters attend a cemetery screening of the F.W. Murnau classic."

Brian Lowry, Variety

"Gaga delivers only a few clipped lines of dialogue, but who cares? She’s gloriously photographed, in a venue where strands-of-hair placement are vital, plot scarcely matters, and sensual pleasures invariably go hand in hand with buckets of blood."

Entertainment Weekly

"Gaga is the show’s most potent symbol for all of its themes about our Bad Romance with fame, fortune, sex, sex, and more sex, materialism and consumerism, the denial of death and the corrupt want for cultural immortality – all the things that the Hollywood mirage promises those who chase after the happily ever after of never-ending Applause. Anyway, Gaga is pretty good in this show, as long as she doesn’t talk."

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