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‘American Horror Story: Asylum” Season 2 – Ep1: Welcome To Briarcliff SPOILER ZONE

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“American Horror Story: Asylum” Season 2 premiered last night in a kinetic one hour premiere that revolves around the going ons of Briarcliff Sanitarium ( loosely based on the real Waverly Hills Sanitarium in KY  which at one time, one of the busiest TB hospitals in the world) located somewhere in New England which at one time was a tuberculosis hospital where dead people were transported through the Death Chute, and was later turned into a sanitarium (insane asylum) run by the Catholic Church. Now, it’s a decrepit old ruin that is one of the most haunted places in America.

So far AHS: Asylum seems to be following two plot lines.

.The 1964 piece concerns the insane asylum itself, along with its sadistic head nun Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), high-minded director Monsignor Howard (Joseph Fiennes), experimental physician Doctor Arden (James Cromwell), and their various plots and sadist treatments and experiments on the patients – some with real mental illnesses but some who have not. These include the accused murderer known as Bloody Face, aka Kit Walker (Evan Peters), nymphomaniac Shelly (Chloe Sevigny), the innocent and sane (?) Grace (Lizzy Brochere), and the hulking Spivey (Mark Conseulos). Complicating matters is the snooping lesbian reporter Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson), who wants nothing more than to get her hands on Bloody Face and really pick his brain; coincidentally, she’s not the only one.  As part of Lana Winters storyline last night and perhaps as a bit of social commentary the 1964 storyline revisited the fear and horrors that many gay and lesbians faced in the 60’s when they could be mentally institutionalized for just being gay.

The second storyline set in the present concerns a couple of newlyweds, Leo (Adam Levine of Maroon 5 fame) and Theresa (Jenna Dewan), who have spent their honeymoon traveling to haunted locations and fucking their brains out in them. While exploring Briarcliff, the couple run into a bit of trouble when something rips Leo’s arm off and the The Asylum seemingly won’t let Theresa escape and herds her into the Death Chute.

Last nights episode was packed to the brim.  Unauthorized medical experiments, ghosts, creatures in the woods, possible alien abduction, sadistic nuns, nymphomania, serial killers, blackmail, psychological torture and the list goes on.

What did you think of Episode 1 of American Horror Story: Asylum –  Welcome To Briarcliff ?

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