'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' episode 'Traitor' pays tribute to Joan Collins by recreating 'Tales from the Crypt' scene
During the shooting of the scene, Murphy used small elements to pay homage to Collins' original role, for example, he used the exact same kind of telephone.
The recent episode of FX's 'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' titled 'Traitor' featured the return of Joan Collins as her second character this season - Bubbles McGee, an actor and a witch. Collins previously appeared this very season as Evie Gallant, Mr. Gallant's (Evan Peters) grandmother, who was "accidentally" killed by him.
In the episode 'Traitor', actor McGee is introduced to us while she is filming a movie, which was difficult to understand at first. The most interesting thing that struck fans was the scene she was shooting. McGee is shooting for a film titled 'A Christmas to Dismember' in the episode, and this served as show creator Ryan Murphy's tribute to Collins.
This scene plays tribute to Collins' role in the 1989 horror anthology series 'Tales from the Crypt', from the episode titled 'And All Through the House', in which Collins plays a wife who murders her husband on Christmas Eve only to be attacked by a crazy Santa on the loose. However, given this is Murphy's show, the killing of the husband is as gory as the other killings we have seen in the series. McGee guts her husband and removes his intestines, giving him an unpleasant and gruesome death as payback for getting her flats and not heals as a Christmas present.
During the shooting of the scene, Murphy used small elements to pay homage to Collins' original role, for example, he used the exact same kind of telephone. The segment feels weird to watch at first, but if you have watched 'And All Through the House', then it would actually be fun to spot the similarities in the scenes and see Collins recreate her own character for an episode on 'American Horror Story'.
A fan who spotted the play tweeted:
I smelled a Joan Collins Tales from the Crypt pic.twitter.com/93MmqlkeqZ— Evie the Muse DJ (@EvieBigToe) 26 October 2018
'And All Through the House' may not have only inspired this episode of 'American Horror Story: Apocalypse', but two episodes of 'American Horror Story: Asylum' as well. Ian McShane appeared in two episodes of 'American Horror Story: Asylum' as a psychotic Santa, who finds his way out of a mental institution to go on a Christmas killing spree. So, in a way, Murphy paid tribute to Collins and at the same time took us back to those particular 'Asylum' episodes.
Collins' new character, McGee, has the power to read people's minds, and as seen in the recent episode, 'Traitor', it saved Cordelia Goode's (Sarah Paulson) coven from being killed at the hands of warlocks, Ariel Augustus (Jon Jon Briones) and Baldwin Pennypacker (BD Wong). It will be interesting to see the development of Collins' character in the upcoming episodes.
The new episode of the 'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' titled 'Sojourn' will air on October 31 on FX.