I bet the network was freaking out when they learned that the third episode of AHS: Asylum was going to air on Halloween. If that wasn’t crazy enough, the episode revolves around a vicious storm, and this weekend my area was in the path of Hurricane Sandy. Coincidence? Or do Murphy and Falchuk have occult powers?
The first season of American Horror Story was one of my favorite shows of last year and was a godsend for many fans of the genre. While many of the horrors on the show were supernatural, the show really excelled at exploring psychological and social darkness as well. This was something it shared with another popular horror series, The Walking Dead. After the success of last year, there was much anticipation for the second season, subtitled Asylum. Did the first episode live up to the hype?
Find out after the jump!
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As I’ll be covering American Horror Story’s second season in the coming weeks, both Andy and I agreed that a recap of the first season’s events is in order. The first season focuses on the Harmon family, who has their fair share of issues long before any ghosts show up. The most prominent is the fallout from Dr. Harmon’s affair with one of his patients. His relationship with his wife Vivian is strained at best, and their daughter resents them both. They’ve moved to a mansion in Los Angeles as a means to a fresh start, but it isn’t long before their demons and a slew of other malevolent spirits and unwelcome neighbors come on the scene to wreak twisted, over-the-top havoc.
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WARNING: The following post may contain spoilers on some of your favourite shows so please proceed at your own risk!
Ryan Murphy, co-creator of American Horror Story has spilled some information on the show’s second season location and characters. Murphy appeared at an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences event honoring the FX series on Wednesday and confirmed that it will be “set on the East Coast at an institution for the criminally insane that is run by Jessica [Lange].” The show also recently announced the casting of French actress Lizzie Brocheré, whose character was likened to Angelina Jolie’s hospitalized sociopath in Girl, Interrupted. Murphy also confirmed reports that Maroon 5 frontman and Voice judge Adam Levine had signed on for Season 2. “He’s a sexy guy so he needs to play a sexy guy, but the guy is different than who you think he would play,” Murphy shared. As previously reported, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe — who in Season 1 played Chad, Tate, psychic Billie Dean and doctor’s wife Nora — are set to return for Season 2 but as different characters according to TVLine.
If the name of your television show is American Horror Story, you really better live up to the horror part, right? Luckily, in the case of the Ryan Murphy produced series of the same name, which debut last week on FX in the US, we wind up with a fair amount of scariness in front of our eyes.