AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM REVIEW!Posted: October 20, 2012
Sorry for the late review, work was crazy this week 🙂
I won’t post recaps or spoilers for the season two episodes. This is a show that really needs to be seen and not simply read about. I will post reviews though!
This season premiere features new actors and returning actors in a whole new set up. In the present day we have the super sexy newlyweds Leo and Teresa aka The Lovers (Adam Levine and Jenna Dewan-Tatum) exploring an abandoned insane asylum. These two have sex and make out in various creepy rooms throughout the asylum but they soon find themselves running for their lives.
Flashback to 1964 and we see a frightening and active Briarcliff Manor that is run with an iron fist by Sister Jude (Miss Jessica Lange). A nosy journalist (Sarah Paulson) comes to Briarcliff to expose the alleged abuse of its inmates and she comes across the timid Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe) and her secret, nightly routine. Sister Jude and Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cronwell) clash over his use of torture to find the ‘madness’ that he believes lives in every human being. One of Dr. Arden’s victims is Kit Walker (Evan Peters) who is accused of being the serial killer ‘Bloody Face’. Kit denies the claim and he finds kindness in the fellow inmate Grace (Lizzie Brocheré).We’re also introduced to the sex-crazed Shelly (Chloe Sevigny) but it’s not clear what her involvement will be. And we also see that Sister Jude has a sexy, freaky side during her dinner with Monsignor Timothy Howard (Joseph Fiennes).
I left out a few details because you really need to see it to understand how this story all ties together in the first episode.
The creep factor is HIGH so far. I think insane asylums are already creepy, so it creates a very haunting atmosphere for the characters. Jessica Lange is very commanding and overbearing as Sister Jude, and I think she will be a constant favorite throughout the season. Also, episode 2 promises to reveal a horrific secret that she is hiding.
There’s a couple of torture scenes here, and these scenes definitely leave a mark even though they are brief and don’t show any gore. The intensity of the show increases when the show goes back to the present day to show the terror that The Lovers are experiencing.
Overall, this season premiere starts off very strong and keeps the scares going until the end. I can’t wait to see what happens next week!
Did you watch the season premiere of American Horror Story: Asylum? What did you think?