Review: American Horror Story — Asylum

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by Marleigh Felsenstein, Managing Editor

It’s 10:00 on Wednesday night. I’m in my basement with the lights off, cuddled under a blanket biting off my newly painted nails; the TV is on (FX). What, you ask, has me so terrified? It’s what’s on TV.

The second season of American Horror Story, “affectionately” known as American Horror Story: Asylum. Even though I get scared every week (to the point of having to sleep with my light on!), I still continue to click on the television and watch the entire episode for the hour-long run time.

The first season of American Horror Story started in 2011 and received a Golden Globe award. It was different than the previous season in all senses — the only thing that was remotely similar to Asylum was that some of the actors are the same. The story line was completely different — last season, a family with a troubled past (Vivien and Ben Harmon with their daughter Violet, respectively played by Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, and Taissa Farmiga) moves into a house that previously had countless murders inside its walls. The family subsequently has to deal with many events that happen inside the house, including the other inhabitants — Oh, the horror! Aside from the cheap thrills, the show was very suspenseful. I highly recommend renting or buying the original season to give you a good scare.

The current season of American Horror Story: Asylum is scarier and creepier than the first season, and I do not recommend it to people that have a weak stomach or do not like terrifying images. Its first episode began with a couple on their honeymoon going to visit different haunted places, including an abandoned, run-down insane asylum. Thrills ensue. The episode then switches to the past, a flashback to when the hospital was still running, and you run into the alleged Bloody Face character Kit Walker (Evan Peters, who also played resident ghost and murderer Tate Langdon in the first season), the stern nun and hospital director Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), and young albeit devilish nun Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe).

Each episode of the show gets scarier and creepier and more sickening as it progresses. It is absolutely for mature audiences only, as there are sexual scenes and references, obscene language, violence, and extremely disturbing images. Asylum is not for the faint hearted and you should not watch this show unless you like to be scared.