Allusion or Atrocity? References to The Shining in American Horror Story: Hotel

When Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk announced the subject matter of the hit show’s newest season, horror fans rejoiced. Allusions to Kubrick’s modern classic, The Shining, were scattered throughout the promotional campaign. Now, we’re seven episodes in and it seems they may be taking it too far. When do allusions to someone else’s work become straight up plagiarism? Was it really necessary to recreate the iconic carpet of Kubrick’s hotel?

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