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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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Reading Series #4 – Faggots


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Good news for today – even though the summer is still over, I will continue the Summer Reading series for MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Instead of ‘Summer Reading’ it will just be a regular literature series.  I’ve been picking up some real interesting novels these days and its about time I showcase some writing pieces that are just pure GOLD.

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One was a Gothic horror story taking place in an old haunted house (Haunting of Hill House), another featured philosophical rules like setting your house in order (12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos), and then there was the play that featured angels around New York City (Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes).  Our next featured novel takes place within the highly visible gay community in New York City.  It’s a gritty tale of gay sex, drugs, and one man’s quest for a long-term relationship with a partner.  This is Larry Kramer’s Faggots.

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Faggots revolves around Fred Lemish, a fit man in his late 30s who is searching for true love.  He wishes to find his soul mate before he reaches forty.  Within the beginning, Lemish works with Abe Bronstein.  Bronstein is a millionaire cake-mix manufacturer who works on a gay film with Fred.  Throughout the novel, Abe and Fred wander through many aspects of the gay subculture in New York.

Over sixty names were mentioned in Faggots, but there were a few who were fully fleshed-out characters.  The principle actors include:

  • Anthony Montano
  • Dinky Adams
  • Richard “Boo Boo” Bronstein
  • Abe Bronstein
  • Patty
  • Maxine
  • Laverne
  • Wyatt Bronstein
  • Ephra Bronstein
  • Irving Slough
  • Hans Zoroaster
  • Duncan “Winnie” Heinz
  • Randy Dildough
  • Timmy Purvis
  • Miss Yootha Truth
  • Blaze Sorority
  • Garfield Toye
  • Troy Mommser
  • Dordogna del Dongo

All of these characters enter into Fred’s life one way or another.  Whether it be lover or regular acquaintance, you learn about a new character each time.

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To start off, this novel is loaded with graphic sexual content.  Much of the setting takes place in gay bars, nightclubs, bathhouses, and even in Fire Island (which is a real LGBTQ hot spot in NY).  The sexual euphoria never stops in this “fast lane” lifestyle during the 1970s.  It was quite an intriguing lifestyle that was fueled by sex and drugs.

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Speaking of drugs, almost every kind of drug is showcased during the story.  Cannabis makes up a small tip of the iceberg of various drug uses.  Some of the various party drugs featured include Quaaludes, poppers, LSD, Valium, PCP, heroin, cocaine, and many others.

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But in the midst of all of the cruising happening throughout, there’s still an underlying innocence the characters have.  Each character had one common goal – the perfect lifetime partner.  Fred, Dinky, Randy, Tim, Irving, Richard, and the others were all searching for their true soulmate.  It’s that common goal in Faggots that sheds a decent light in the world.

This is not your ordinary gay novel, for Faggots takes readers into the world of a sexually liberal gay subculture in 1970s New York City.  There was sex, there were drugs (many drugs!), and there was also the quest for true love.

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If you want to read a great American gay novel, check out Larry Kramer’s Faggots.

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.

AHS Murder House/Coven/Hotel Crossover


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Ok folks – these past few episodes of American Horror Story: Apocalypse have been down-right twisted.  First there was the return of the infamous Rubber Man from American Horror Story: Murder House then the coven witches from American Horror Story: Coven burst into the scene near the end of episode three.  This episode is just chock-full of crossovers, mixing over elements from different seasons.

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But if you thought that was just the last of a few intriguing crossovers… you haven’t seen NOTHING yet.  This past episode showcased a mega crossover of not one, not two, but THREE seasons of AHS.  Three storylines melding together under just one shocking season.  This special crossover composes an aftermath that took place a few years before the Apocalypse started.

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Alright people, let’s get started – Just three years before the nuclear bomb went off, the Hawthorne School seeks out Michael Langdon (who was born during American Horror Story: Murder House).  Langdon is put to the test where he displays his tremendous abilities in front of his instructors Baldwin (BD Wong), Ariel Augustus (Jon Jon Briones), John Henry Moore (Cheyenne Jackson), and Mr. Chablis (Billy Porter).  After showcasing his amazing powers, the instructors believe Langdon is the Alpha Warlock that could defeat the Supreme Witch.

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Back at Miss Robichaux’s Academy, Zoe Benson instructs the students on changing the color of their rose.  Zoe and Cordelia (who was made Supreme Witch in American Horror Story: Coven) observe as Mallory transforms the rose into butterflies.  Myrtle enters, shaken up by news that The Hawthorne School for Exceptional Young Men has called an emergency council session.

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During the meeting, Ariel explains that they wish Langdon to challenge for the Supremacy.  Ariel suggests that Cordelia administer the Seven Wonders; Cordelia refuses, remarking that it would condemn Michael to his death as it did to Misty Day (which she did during American Horror Story: Coven).  Chablis scolds Cordelia for abandoning Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) in the Hotel Cortez.

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You may remember the Hotel Cortez, which was the basic plot setting for — you guessed it — American Horror Story: Hotel.  Ever since the ending of season five, Queenie has been playing cards with James Patrick March (Evan Peters).  During the episode, Langdon enters the Hotel Cortez and emerges outside with Queenie.  Langdon goes out to rescue Madison.

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Meanwhile, Madison has been banished to her own personal hell – processing returns and complaints from a long line of customers at a department store.  This has also been happening since the end of, yet again, American Horror Story: Coven.  Langdon arrives with Queenie to help Madison escape.

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Langdon returns to the surface with both Queenie and Madison by his side.  Cordelia faints while Langdon gloats on his victory.

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And there you have it — a mega crossover that started with Murder House tying in with Coven only intertwine with Hotel.  Three different seasons overlapping under one chapter.  Different characters returned to the story to push the plot even further.  Who needs new characters when you can bring old ones back to life.  There’s no other series that does it better than American Horror Story.