7 items from 2013
As a horror fan, my initial reaction to hearing Glee creators Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy’s next project would be a horror-themed series was something along the lines of, “Um, what?” Of course, the first season premiered to some surprisingly positive reviews, appeasing both horror fans and critics alike, not only creating a provocatively creepy vibe, but also presenting a story that kept viewers on edge week to week. That was Season 1 though – Season 2 is a completely different story.
No, seriously. American Horror Story: Asylum tells a completely unrelated story to the original season, setting up the anthology collection mentality that Season 3 would follow. Numerous cast members returned and Falchuk and Murphy certainly attempted to push boundaries once again – but this maddening story of psychological horror lacked the wit and flowing storytelling that made American Horror Story‘s inaugural season such a smash-hit.
Season 2 of American Horror Story takes us to Briarcliff, »
- Matt Donato
Genre: Sci-Fi | Horror | Drama
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 13
Run Time: 572 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Original Broadcast Network: FX
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Set in 1964, American Horror Story: Asylum takes us into a Church-run haven for the criminally insane, ruled with an iron fist by Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), a nun with a troubled past. Inside this locked down facility, danger lurks around every corner. From Nazis and serial killers, to mutants and aliens, no one is safe inside these walls. Starring Jessica Lange as “Sister Jude”, Sarah Paulson as “Lana Winters”, James Cromwell as “Dr. Arthur Arden,” Evan Peters as “Kit Walker,” Lily Rabe as “Sister Mary Eunice,” Lizzie Brocheré as “Grace,” Zachary Quinto as “Dr. Oliver Thredson,” and Joseph Fiennes as “Monsignor Timothy Howard.” Guest stars for the miniseries will included Frances Conroy, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Levine and Mark Consuelos.
- Erin Willard
After a season of television that promised absolute lunacy and madness, the title for American Horror Story: Asylum‘s finale seems quite fitting: Madness Ends brings closure (somewhat) to a season that has been all over the map. But with time comes growth, and there is an emotional aspect to this season that was sorely missing last year. You never realize how much you’ll miss some of these characters until they’re gone, and this final chapter in Briarcliff’s story brings the whole thing to a bittersweet conclusion.
In the quick intro, Johnny wanders around the abandoned asylum, lying in wait for the couple of lovers from the premiere to appear. In case you forgot what happens to them, Johnny gleefully takes an arm and leaves the man to bleed out. Ah, sweet memories.
We’re then taken back to 1971, when Lana sneaks into Briarcliff with a television crew, »
- Christian Law
Season two of American Horror Story came to a close last night, and now that we know how things ended for Sister Jude, Lana Winters, Kit Walker and the rest of Briarcliff's brethren, it's time to begin thinking about what season three of Ryan Murphy's amorphous anthology will look like.
Much as he did with season one, Murphy scattered clues about his season three plans throughout the final few American Horror Story: Asylum episodes, but said that this year, "it's a different kind of clue," meaning it wouldn't be as overt as Psychic Billie Dean Howard's long soliloquy about paramagnetic grip (how evil can be absorbed by an environment, ie: an Asylum).
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So ETonline scoured the final few episodes for clues, and have come up with some pretty good theories. Although, if I'm being honest, one stands heads and shoulders above the other.
The first possibility »
While I've been ready to start handing out Emmys to Ahs: Asylum since the second we first laid eyes on Pepper (R.I.P., Pep!), I'd like to send a special shout-out to the makeup artists who aged Sarah Paulson 30 years for tonight's finale. Top-notch neck work on the elder Lana, you guys!
As you may have guessed, we finish the series in the modern day, as the internationally recognized investigative journalist Lana Winters, host of America Unmasked, sits down in her opulent New York apartment with a film »
Tonight's episode of FX's American Horror Story: Asylum not only wrapped up our favorite characters' arcs, it concluded the show's entire second season. Things were tied in a neat little bow with massive character deaths done in the most tasteless possible way...for the most part. After the jump, we'll talk about how Ryan Murphy and the creative team of Ahs:A explored and resolved the theme of insanity, who will return next year and just where the show might be headed for season three. American Horror Story: Asylum stars Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe, along with newcomers Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Chloe Sevigny, Lizzie Brochere and Clea Duvall. Hit the jump for the recap and review of tonight’s finale, “Madness Ends” and a look back at the second season. [You have entered spoiler territory. Turn back now or commit yourself to the insanity.] Well, we've made it twelve episodes and managed to »
- Dave Trumbore
Genre: Sci-Fi | Horror | Drama
Air Date/Time: January 23 at 10/9c
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Writer: Tim Minear
Set in 1964, American Horror Story: Asylum takes us into a Church-run haven for the criminally insane, ruled with an iron fist by Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), a nun with a troubled past. Inside this locked down facility, danger lurks around every corner. From Nazis and serial killers, to mutants and aliens, no one is safe inside these walls. Starring Jessica Lange as “Sister Jude”, Sarah Paulson as “Lana Winters”, James Cromwell as “Dr. Arthur Arden,” Evan Peters as “Kit Walker,” Lily Rabe as “Sister Mary Eunice,” Lizzie Brocheré as “Grace,” Zachary Quinto as “Dr. Oliver Thredson,” and Joseph Fiennes as “Monsignor Timothy Howard.” Guest stars for the miniseries will include Frances Conroy, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Levine and Mark Consuelos.
So, it all comes down to this. »
- Erin Willard
7 items from 2013
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