Magazine article Variety

'American Horror' Corridor Captures Mood-And Actors

Magazine article Variety

'American Horror' Corridor Captures Mood-And Actors

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THERE'S A HALLWAY on the set of"American Horror Story: Hotel" where the actors would consistently get lost and confused.

"It was almost like it was haunted," says the set's creator, production designer Mark Worthington, who has worked for FX's "AHS" and creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy from the show's beginnings in 2011.

The anthology series centers on different characters and locations each season. There's been a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show - and now the Hotel Cortez in Los Angeles, with its hallway serving as the locus of last season's graphic stories.

Worthington had a grand time claiming, only half-jokingly, that the set helped provide a sense of reality to the show's plotlines.

"That's the point, isn't it?" he says. "That's what happened [in the script] with Wes Bentley's character chasing after the blond kids. The set's four halls [were] ' essentially identical, so it was disorienting, and some people could never get the hang of it. …

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