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The cast of "AHS: Hotel" -- Then and Now
Given how crazypants "American Horror Story" is season after season, there are a few critical elements that keep sucking us back in (usually). One is the amazing cinematography, another is the remarkable sets. But the most important piece of the admittedly jumbled puzzle is the cast. Even if you roll your eyes at Kathy Bates' decapitated talking head or shriek at Denis O'Hare being turned into a Tod Browning chicken, the performances are always, always worth watching. Though some of the stars are household names, you may have forgotten why. As for the rest, you may just be impressed with their range -- or maybe just their ability to act through blood splatter.