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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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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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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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Sister Jude Martin: I've dealt with bigger monsters than you, Dr Arden. Let me give you fair warning: I'll always win against the patriarchal male.
Dr. Arthur Arden: Bully for you.
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References The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »

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Lovemaker, Lovebreaker
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Performed by Frank Fafara
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very good storyline and acting
15 May 2016 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

Season 2 is the second best season I have binge watched so far in the AHS series (I've watched 1,2,3,5). I was quite intrigued by the sophisticated development of the storyline, the rich construction of characters, and of course the fantastic performance of actors and actresses, especially Jessica Lange. Sister Judy is a complicated character that makes me first hate, and then pity, and then respect. She is dedicated to her mission despite the obstacles.

Plot wise, I didn't really enjoy the horrific human experiments conducted by Doctor Arthur, which is too graphic to my tasting. I did quite like the part where Kit rescued Sister Judy from the asylum and Sister Judy got to spend some good time with Kit's two lovely kids.

Let's have more quality productions like AHS!


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