Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me American Horror Story: Asylum for review on my movie blog. The second season of American Horror Story, like the first season, is excellent. If you have not seen the FX series, you should. The cable show is essentially a drama in a horror setting. You don’t need to see season one to watch the second season of American Horror Story. It has a completely different story, characters, and location. As far as I can tell, the seasons are not related. American Horror Story: Asylum is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.
American Horror Story: Asylum starts off in present time at an abandoned insane asylum. A couple sneaks into the facility and are then attacked. The story then flashes back to 1964 at Briarcliff Mental Institution. That’s where we are introduced to the main characters of American Horror Story: Asylum.
The main characters are Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe), Monsignor Timothy Howard (Joseph Fiennes), psychiatrist Dr. Oliver Thredson (Zachary Quinto), scientist Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cromwell), patient Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson), patient Kit Walker (Evan Peters), and patient Grace Bertrand (Lizzie Brocheré).
Sister Jude and Sister Eunice run Briarcliff. Their boss is Monsignor Howard. The monsignor has high ambitions and Sister Jude intends to ride his coattail (among other things) to Rome. Sister Eunice is a pushover initially, but then she becomes possessed by a demon or fallen angel.
Dr. Thredson is a psychiatrist on the show. Like many of the characters in the series, he has a secret. Dr Arden is essentially a mad scientist. He’s performing secret experiments on the patients. Then there are the patients. Lana is an ambitious journalist who was wrongly kept at the insane asylum. Kit is accused of killing his wife, but he thinks aliens took her. And Grace is Kit’s love interest at Briarcliff. She’s there because she murdered her family.
I thought all the actors were good in the series, but Jessica Lange really stood out. She’s a great actress. Jessica Lange was also in the first season, but she played a different character. Oh yeah, Dylan McDermott is also in some of later episodes of season two. He was in season one too, but plays a different character in season two. He’s sinister!
I really enjoyed watching American Horror Story: Asylum. The series kept me on the edge of my seat and was filled with wicked twists. At first I wasn’t too keen on the main characters, but some of them grew on me thanks in part to flashbacks on their life prior to Briarcliff. I thought some of the villains were killed off too early, but I did like how the story wrapped up at the end. It was a little sad.
American Horror Story: Asylum Special Features
I just got done watching all 13 episodes of season two, so I have not had a chance to watch the special features yet. Here are the bonus features on both the DVD and Blu-ray:
- The Orderly
- What is American Horror Story: Asylum?
- Welcome to Briarcliff Manor
- The Creatures
- Deleted Scenes
American Horror Story: Asylum Synopsis
Step inside a madhouse of horror and experience the chilling new incarnation of TV’s most daringly provocative series. The sins of the past haunt the present at the notorious Briarcliff home for the criminally insane, ruled with an iron fist by Sister Jude. Forbidden desire and terrifying evil lurk around every corner… from alien abduction to demonic possession to a skin-wearing psychopath known as “Bloody Face.” Emmy winner Jessica Lange leads an exceptional ensemble cast, including Zachary Quinto, James Cromwell and Sarah Paulson.
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