“American Horror Story” Back For More Scares
By LaDale Anderson
Oct 18, 2012 - 7:00:00 AM

HOLLYWOOD—Watching the first episode of “American Horror Story” sent chills down my spine, literally.  It was so spooky I wasn’t even able to finish the first episode because I was so terrified.  If you thought “The Walking Dead” was good you haven’t seen anything.  The second season “American Horror Story: Asylum” premiered Wednesday with a sleuth of surprises.


This second chapter focuses on the residents of Briarcliff Manor, an asylum for the criminally insane.  Many horror pictures have attempted to provoke tales involving the wild things that are presumed to take place inside insane asylums, but “American Horror Story” does that ideology justice.  Its not about someone torturing patients, there are some strange things taking place. 


Returning for more scares is season one veteran Jessica Lange.  Lange this time around plays Sister Jude who runs the asylum.  Jessica was such a powerhouse last season; audiences should expect that same caliber of acting this time around.  She makes it crystal clear to everyone that comes into contact with her that she is not one to be toyed with.  


Also returning is Evan Peters who portrayed Lange’s psychotic son in the first season. This time around he plays Kit Walker, a man who is believed to be responsible for the murders of several women.  Kit proclaims his innocence, but being locked in mental ward doesn’t help his case. He finds solace after speaking with another inmate named Grace (Lizzie Brocheré).  She appears sane, but everyone has secrets to hide.  The big mystery behind Briarcliff Manor is the rumor that the place houses a mass murderer known as Bloody Face. 

The now abandoned Briarcliff Manor.


The first episode of the season opens with two newlyweds Leo (Adam Levine) and Teresa (Jenna Dewan Tatum) who are celebrating their honeymoon by venturing into the now abandoned Briarcliff Manor.  Who would want to do that still has me guessing, but some people are so spontaneous.  The couple decides to explore the place and engage in a little S&M before they start hearing strange sounds.  Upon exploration, they discover a hidden compartment. Leo being the brave solider sticks his arm inside the compartment only to have it ripped off by someone or something.    We rewind back to 1964 where Kit experiences some paranormal event that lands him in Briarcliff Manor.  Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson) is a reporter who interviews Sister Jude to get the scoop on the legendary place and details about Bloody Face.  It is here the audience meets nymphomaniac Shelly (Chloe Sevigny).  Sister Jude likes to punish inmates by spanking them, hence Kit, after he spits in her face. 


The audience is well aware that something shady is taking place inside the asylum thanks to Dr. Arden (James Cromwell).  He’s experimenting with patients and just what he is doing may have transformed some of them into beasts.  This theory is validated when Sister Eunice (Lily Rabe) goes to feed “them.”  She is caught by Winters who decides to sneak into the asylum and later finds herself being held captive. To ensure that the reporter stays captive, Sister Jude threatens her secret lover Wendy (Clea DuVall) into committing Winters or exposing her secret.


For those thinking Sister Jude has no weakness think again. She has a major crush on Monsignor Timothy Howard (Joseph Fiennes) who she fantasizes about on multiple occasions.  She even cooks him an elaborate feast. The interesting twist in the episode occurred in the final moments when Dr. Arden retrieved a mysterious chip inside Kit’s throat.  That chip later manifested into some spider like creature.  So if this chapter of the series is not focusing on ghosts, I am eager to find out just what is in store for audiences this time around.


We get our first glimpse of Bloody Face as a panicked Teresa runs through the halls of Briarcliff Manor after Leo’s arm is ripped off.  It is a gruesome face to say the least.  I can only imagine the horrors that Teresa and Leo will experience. Perhaps they should have chosen to honeymoon in Hawaii. Things look interesting next week as Dr. Oliver Thredson (Zachary Quinto) makes his presence known at Briarcliff Manor.  Horror has never looked so good.  “American Horror Story” airs Wednesdays at 10pm on FX.

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