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AHS Apocalypse Returns to Murder House


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Happy Monday, fellow readers!  We are in the middle of October starting this week with the most important topic of all – the ULTIMATE crossover event that happened during the last episode of American Horror Story: Apocalypse.  This crossover episode was so memorable and answered many answered questions from the past seasons.

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What makes this crossover event so memorable?  The latest episode took us back into…. the Murder House.  That’s right – THE Murder House, where this whole horrific adventure began.  Seven seasons later and we return to the Murder House where we reunite with some memorable characters.

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Well, its time to get this crossover event started – Madison Montgomery and Behold Chablis pose as a married couple who wants to purchase the Murder House (for the record, Roberts and Porter would make for a perfect odd couple in their own spin-off series!).  They take over the house to start their investigation about Michael Langdon.  Once they arrive at the house, they sense the paranormal activity happening when they found out that thirty-six people died within the property.

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In the living room, the ghosts of Evan Tate and Dr. Ben Harmon are discussing Tate’s frustration of being ignored by Violet.  Madison and Behold interrupt their session, remarking that they are looking for answers about Michael Langdon.  Beauregard Langdon attacks Madison, but is subdued by Billie Jean.  At the same time, we get a special reappearance by none other than Constance Langdon, the true owner of the house.

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You heard me right – Jessica Lange returned!  Four seasons later and Lange returned to her role as Constance Langdon.  This was one of the memorable events of the episode.

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Constance would be able to share information about Michael Langdon, only if Madison and Behold move the maid’s (Moira O’Hara) bones out of the Murder House.  And so, they move her bones next to her mother’s grave.

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With the task completed, Constance discusses what has happened since Michael was born.  We ended season one with Constance discovering that Michael Langdon killed his nanny at the age of three.  But it was then that we learned that there was MUCH more to this disturbing tale.

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At one point, Constance discovers that Michael Langdon had aged ten years overnight and appeared as a teenager.  After almost being strangled in her sleep, she consults a priest for help (who ended up being killed by Michael).  Constance returns to the Murder House where she overdoses on pills.

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Madison and Behold then interview Ben Harmon about Michael.  Harmon explains that Michael went to him for therapy sessions after discovering that Constance killed herself earlier.  Over time, the two developed a father-and-son relationship.  Michael grew more dark over time after being rejected by Tate.  Not only did Ben witness Michael mutilating the ghost of Elizabeth Short, but he also murdered two residents (even going as far as expelling their spirits from existence!).  It was then that Ben ended his therapy sessions with Michael.

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Now we move onto the final character – Vivien Harmon.  Vivien explained that a group of Satanists arrived at the house; the group consisted of Church of Satanists founder Anton LaVey, Miriam Mead, and another cardinal.  Michael consumes a girl’s heart for the Black Mass ceremony.  A demonic shadow appeared and Michael announced that he is one with his “Father”.  She explains that Michael is not a warlock, but is actually the Antichrist.

Here’s where things get crazy – Ben was not the father, Tate wasn’t even the father; Michael Langdon was conceived by the evil within the Murder House.  Tate Langdon was simply a mere vessel controlled by the darkness within.

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Remember when the Rubber Man returned back in episode two?  That shocking fact may explain how the Rubber Man came back.  Who knows, there may be another answer hidden within another episode in the future.

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And that ends the AHS event of the century.  We returned back to the Murder House to find out clues for the future episodes.  Who knows what other characters will be returning this week.  Either way, MakeSandcastlesNotWar will be here with full coverage.

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MakeSandcastlesNotWar Spookiness Update 10/18


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Things have been spooky around MakeSandcastlesNotWar lately.  Another shocking crossover on American Horror Story: Apocalypse here, another Halloween sequel there.  There was also that intriguing artwork that I found around Salem a.k.a. Witch City.  Lots of horror-themed topics on this Halloween month.  This is the month where both TV series and movies move towards the horror genre.

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And it will continue that way for quite some time.  Next week’s episode of AHS will feature a shocking full-on crossover to season one where Madison Montgomery and Behold Chablis will enter the Murder House, the place where it ALL began.  What kind of dark and disturbing history does Michael Langdon have?  Who will make their return in the Murder House?  Will we see other characters returning from Coven?  All of our burning questions will be answered next Wednesday.

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But if you thought that’s the only horror series out this year, you haven’t seen NOTHING yet.  A special horror series was recently released on Netflix that was based on a classic Gothic novel (hint: it was already discussed during the Summer Reading series this year!).  You’ll have to wait until next week to see what unfolds here.  One thing is for certain – it looks like American Horror Story: Apocalypse isn’t the only twisted horror series being discussed here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.

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Two infamous horrific series discussed in under one week.  Halloween month will continue with even more spookiness than ever.  Surely there isn’t as much PR nightmares going around, but these series will surely be a treat.

Enjoy some more insightful quotes for now, but our Halloween-themed posts will be returning real soon.

AHS Coven/Roanoke/Murder House Crossover


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Alrighty folks, here we are with yet ANOTHER crossover recap of American Horror Story: Apocalypse.  This season has been chocked full of plot twists crossing over to former seasons.  We dipped into elements found in Murder House, Coven, and even Hotel.  Three past seasons all wrapped up in just one storyline.  Many loose ends were tied up from the seasons (What has been happening with Madison and Queenie, how the Coven has been going, that sort of thing).

The latest episode showcased a classic trial for the witches; not only that, but a major hint about Mallory was dropped through a familiar term.  But the biggest surprise came right at the very end with a nostalgic foreshadowing into the next episode.

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Let’s get started – After being prepped up by his friends through a protective spell, Michael Langdon starts the Seven Wonders.  That’s right, the exact same Seven Wonders the witches did on American Horror Story: Coven.  Langdon successfully passes through six of the Seven Wonders easily.  One of the aspects for the Seven Wonders involved the Blood Moon.

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Why does that ‘Blood Moon’ sound so familiar?  The Blood Moon was one of the key aspects of American Horror Story: Roanoke!  That subtle name drop definitely made things real interesting.

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But that name drop was there for a reason.  There could be a distinct possibility that Mallory could be directly descended from Scathach, the first Supreme.  If that were the case, then these crossovers could be far deeper than we could ever imagine.

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Back to the story – Cordelia asks Michael to return Misty Day (Lily Rabe) from her personal Hell.  Five seasons after Coven ended and Misty has been trapped in her own personal hell, continuously dissecting and resurrecting a frog in a science class.  Langdon gets Misty out of her personal hell and returns into the living world.  Misty Day is alive and well, so we celebrate with Stevie Nicks at the Hawthorne School giving a special performance of ‘Gypsy’.

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Ah, yes – the Stevie Nicks performances.  Another memorable element I enjoyed on Coven.  It was these soulful tunes that made for a necessary break from the doom and gloom of the AHS universe.  Stevie Nicks put on quite a show for the audience.

Last but not least – the shocking conclusion.  Cordelia asks Madison to gather information about Langdon.  After eavesdropping on the conversation, Behold remarks that he will join Madison on her journey because of his own concerns about Michael.  The two are going back to where it all began…THE MURDER HOUSE.

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You heard me right folks – THE Murder House.  We are going back…to where it ALL began.  Seven seasons later and we will enter into the Murder House to learn more about Michael Langdon.

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That major crossover event will happen THIS Wednesday October 17th.  If you thought we reached the pinnacle of AHS crossovers, you haven’t seen nothing yet.  You won’t want to miss this special episode of American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

Special MakeSandcastlesNotWar Report


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This week we looked at two crossover scenarios and one controversial gay novel.  American Horror Story: Apocalypse played around with its historic characters from past chapters, Jonah Hill and Emma Stone reunite over ten years after Superbad in Netflix’s Maniac, and the newest reader series for the month was Larry Kramer’s Faggots.  Each topic stemming from incredible stories from brilliant authors.  It was one of many eventful weeks here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.

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As we sway into the midst of October, there will be more shocking stories to tell.  Halloween is coming up soon, so things will get even SPOOKIER as time goes on.  We will hear more stories from the latest episodes of American Horror Story: Apocalypse and even dive into a new Netflix horror series stemming from a novel already featured in the blog (more on that surprise real soon!).  What good is Halloween without some horror series to discuss?

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Halloween month is upon us.  Now’s the time for some more shocking tales from the world of entertainment.

So with that, stay tuned for more spookiness here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Enjoy these quotes for the next couple of days to rest up.

Hill/Stone TV/Movie Criss-Cross


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There’s been a lot of intriguing events happening on television these days.  Monk creator Andy Breckman released The Good Cop on Netflix and American Horror Story: Apocalypse has been full of entertaining surprises.  Another Netflix series, Maniac, also came with its own criss-cross of its own.

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For the record, this isn’t just any ordinary TV criss-cross.  Maniac just happens to come with a special criss-cross like no other.  Ladies and gentlemen – its time to introduce the very first… TV/Movie Criss-Cross.

The TV/Movie Criss-Cross – a criss-cross mixing elements of a TV series and movie together.  Criss-crosses usually come from TV series, but today’s instant stems from both TV and movie.  It’s an unusual event where big screen and silver screen collide under one form of media.

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Here is the first TV/Movie criss-cross – Maniac stars Jonah Hill as Owen Milgrim and Emma Stone as Annie Landsberg.  Eleven years ago, Hill and Stone both starred in the movie Superbad.  Jonah Hill starred as Seth, a high school senior who was looking to get with Jules (Emma Stone) at her party.  Hilarious shenanigans ensue as Seth travels with best friends Evan (Michael Cera) and Fogel (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) to Jules’ party.

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Flash-forward eleven years later andwe have both actors starring in Maniac.  Stone and Hill’s characters make for a terrific love story during the series.  This is the kind of romance that carries on over a decade after Superbad was released.  In a way, Maniac presents their story in a more sophisticated way.

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Their characters found love in Superbad and now that romance story lingers on in Maniac.  This is the unique TV/Movie criss-cross that will live on for years to come.  There is no telling what actors/actresses will appear together in the next TV series or movie.

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And there you have it – the first TV/Movie criss-cross of MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Jonah Hill and Emma Stone had great starring roles in both Superbad and Maniac.  There is sure to be other unique criss-crosses where different medias mix with each other.  Silver screens mixing in with big screens and vice-versa.  It surely has been a while since a criss-cross has been mentioned within the blog, so this was a perfect instance to discuss.