American Horror Story: Double Feature premiere pays homage to the 1962 psychological thriller Cape Fear and its remake from Martin Scorsese.
The American Horror Story's 10th season premiere of "Cape Fear" bears the same title as the classic 1962 neo-noir psychological thriller of the same name and Martin Scorsese's 1991 remake.
The title was confirmed by actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong (Black Widow, The Tomorrow War) via a chart posted on her Instagram. It depicts the title of the episode along with the name of the season, Dual Feature, with a shadow man walking around the city at night.
The 1962 production of Cape Fear was directed by J. Lee Thompson and based on the novel The Executioners by John D. MacDonald. The film was remade in 1991 by Martin Scorsese, featuring the return of 1962 film stars Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum and artin Balsam. The film tells the story of a recently released rapist who seeks revenge against the lawyer who sent him to prison by stalking and attacking his family. The original and the remake saw some differences, but both were critically acclaimed and successful upon release, although critics were more hesitant about the original's dark theme and heavy subject matter.
Whether the episode takes direct inspiration from the film and its remake has yet to be confirmed by those involved, but the film's legacy is noteworthy. It served as inspiration for Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected episode "The Force of Evil" as well as The Simpsons episode "Cape Feare." Movie villain Max Cady was selected by Newswee k as one of the 10 best villains in cinema history.
American Horror Story is often involved in references to other popular horror productions, as both hosts Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are big fans of the genre. The show's ninth season, 1984, pays direct homage to 1980s slasher films such as Friday the 13th and Halloween. The sixth season, Roanoke, mimicked paranormal film footage and documentaries. Season 5 saw the appearance of several prominent real-life serial killers (Coven's Axeman was also based on real people), and the season setting was loosely based on the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles.
American Horror Story: Double Feature stars Kathy Bates, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Adina Porter, Lily Rabe, Angelica Ross, Finn Wittrock, Frances Conroy and Macaulay Culkin. Season 10 will premiere Wednesday, August 25 on FX.