After a life-changing experience, a young man is admitted into a notorious insane asylum, while a local reporter is determined to get the full story.

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Briarcliff, a former tuberculosis hospital, is now an insane asylum run by the Catholic church. The year is 1964, and the asylum houses some seriously disturbed individuals. The day to day administrator is Sister Jude Martin who works under the general supervision of the director Monsignor Timothy Howard. Her chief nemesis however is their in-house medical officer, Dr. Arthur Arden, who is frequently seeing patients in the night - patients who die and are disposed of immediately. Briarcliff's latest patient is Kit Walker, aka Bloody Face, an accused serial killer of several young women but is unable to stand trial due to insanity. Sister Jude is tough as journalist Lana Winters learns when she starts poking around the place. Written by garykmcd

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17 October 2012 (USA)  »

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The score for the movie Carrie (1976) can be heard when Lana (Sarah Paulson) first arrives at Briarcliff. See more »

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References The Song of Bernadette (1943) See more »

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Performed by Anonymous 4, Netherlands Radio Choir, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic & Steven Mercurio
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A strong start for season 2!
25 March 2014 | by (Winnipeg) – See all my reviews

A strong start for season two. Different story, and characters, but same actors. The story line is set inside an asylum, which is scary. Strong characters, a mean nun, famous killer, reporter etc who are interesting, hated, loved. The characters have a right mix for good mechanics for plot devices for season 2. Interesting watching actors for season 2 playing different roles, in a different time period. The story goes to present also! Many questions are asked in the Welcome to Briarcliff episode which keeps the viewer wanting to know more. Each character has their own personal story which keeps the story line interesting. I give Welcome to Briarcliff an eight out of ten.


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