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10 Things We Learned From This Week's Demonic Episode Of "American Horror Story: Asylum"

By Joanna Robinson | TV Reviews | October 26, 2012 | Comments ()


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I apologize for the tardiness of this post. Tumblr has been down and that is, historically, where I get my gifs. I had to go elsewhere. It was ARDUOUS. You're welcome.

Sister Jude Used To Be A Hot Mess: The drink all your drinks, dry hump solider boys and mow down little girls in blue kind of mess. But she's on the straight and narrow now (provided there are no Fiennes in the immediate proximity). Cure for the chronic masturbator? Oh I bet you are, baby.
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Chloë Sevigny Is Preposterously Talented: So far Shelley has been given some of the worst dialogue I have ever heard. Her scene with James Cromwell's Dr. Arden was particularly heavy handed and clunky. But Sevigny is compelling as h*ll. Especially with a half-shaved head.
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Dr. Arden Has A Thing For Nuns?...Bondage?...Schubert? All of the above.
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I Still Think This One Is Bloody Face First of all, the crazy eyeballs match. Secondly, the character has to be young enough in 1964 to be able to keep stabbing the sh*t out of Adam Levine in 2012. (Yaaaaaaaaaaay! Do it every week!) Also, nice nudity scene, Ryan Murphy. Way to put the *ss in asylum. If it weren't for Eliza Coupe on "Happy Endings," Lizzie Brocheré would win Most Creatively Non-Naked Nakedness Of The Week.
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Lily Rabe aka Sister Mary Eunice Is About To Get Much More Interesting: It would seem as thought Sister Mary E has been possessed by the spirit that Linda Blair'd that poor farm boy. Which should be fun. This is great news because a) I was already sick of her simpering, quaking act and b) Lily Rabe is very talent (see her performance as Nora Montgomery last season) and deserves some insanity to chew on. I may be behind the curve, but I just found out this week that Rabe is the late, great Jill Clayburgh's daughter. That's some fine acting pedigree right there.
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Best Electroshock Face?: Sarah Paulson did a pretty great job, but I'm afraid Claire Danes is still our winner.
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The "Faculty" Loving 90s Girl In Me Refuses To Believe Clea DuVall Is Dead: Yeah she got all up close and personal with Bloody Face. But did we see the body? No we did not. So I choose to believe she's going to make it through that encounter. Besides, if there's another Bloody Face killing while Kit is still in strapped down in Briarcliff, wouldn't that exonerate him? And deprive us of more bare ass caning scenes?
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Gallahad Speaking of which, Sister Jude referred to Kit as Gallahad. I hope she's as fond of that as she is of the recurring "Lana Banana" nickname. Nicknames are adorable.
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All Work And No Play Make Dr. Oliver Thredson A Dull Boy: This week we were introduced to Zachary Quinto's character, the clinical, irreligious Oliver Thredson. And while this character is not nearly as entertaining as his hysterical, bitchy interior decorator ghost from last season, I have faith that you don't cast Quinto to play the straight man (straight Vulcan, maybe). So my hope is that the grimy, crawling creepiness of Briarcliff will take its toll on Dr. Thredson and we'll see him completely unhinge before the season's over.
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Acute Insanity a) That sounds made-up. Any doctors in the house? Was this ever a technical diagnosis? b) A-CUTE is right. Evan Peters, shine on you crazy, bare-*ssed diamond.
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  • Laura

    "Evan Peters, shine on you crazy, bare-*ssed diamond."

    Yep.

  • Shane

    In all the talk about Bloody Face and creepy Jim Cromwell and possessed nuns and Adam Levine getting stabbed over and over and over, let us not forget this season's creepy-character du jour; the wonderful Pepper. Bless her pointy little head.

  • Quatermain

    I've been meaning for a while to start watching this show, and I really should get on that. This does seem like the appropriate time of year for it.

  • Slash

    Yeah, I'm looking forward to seeing Demon Nun lower the boom on Nun Ratched and Dr. Psycho. I hope she/he/it does, anyway.

  • Sirilicious

    Didn't ghosts kill bucket loads of people last season? I've seen more sites talking about Bloody Face time travelling or somesuch, why?

    I'm not saying there can't be. There's demons and aliens and exorcism, but people seem to feel the need to explain Blace, or Foody (heads disappeared right, maybe he's a cannibal) beyond AHS past set of rules.

  • Chrispeare

    Pink Floyd reference. Word.

  • jM

    I can't with Chloe Sevigny's character. The more she went on with that speech, the more I couldn't breathe from laughing so hard. Runaway! Jazz musicians! Bass player! Smothered housewife! Fleet week sailors! BINGO!

  • Jezzer

    "HE HAD IT COMIN'! HE HAD IT COMIN'! HE ONLY HAD HIMSELF TO BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAME!"

  • JoannaRobinson

    Which was sh*tty writing, right? No?

  • jM

    Oh, hells yeah. But, I don't think her performance helped at all.

  • Jezzer

    It really did seem less "I'm desperate to get outside" and more "That couple at the back table payed $15 for steak and a show like everyone else, and by God, I'm going to make sure they see every emotion."

  • Lauren_Lauren

    Oh no, acute insanity is real. Obtuse insanity, on the other hand . . .

  • Robert

    I was honestly getting nervous for Lily Rabe. Her character was so dull that I couldn't figure out why she signed on for season two. I mean, she went toe to toe with Pacino in Merchant of Venice on Broadway and outshines him in the thankless role of Portia. I'm not just talking about the trial scene, either. Her Portia was a much better realized character than Pacino's Shylock.

    Now that I know that she's getting the sisters of satan/possession shenanigans all to herself, I understand.

  • KatSings

    I don't think Grace is Bloody Face. She's awfully petite. I also don't think 1960s and present day BF are the same person - they have different eyes and eye colors.

  • I also don't think 1960s and present day BF are the same person

    It can't be the same person. This is why I think Bloody Face is actually several of the monsters the doc created.

  • Robert

    I'm thinking the same thing. The monsters are patients that the doctor has destroyed and discarded and one of them is now decapitating women in the town.

    The alien abduction issue is a separate problem that ties into it. I think Kit is right that the body at his house is not his wife's, but wrong in that she's still alive.

  • Not that I am endorsing this 'school' of thought mind you, but I think the 'monsters' premise of AHS might be based on Dave McGowan's work.

  • Melanie

    It's interesting that Dr. Thredson used "acute" instead of "chronic" meaning that at some point Kit Walker would be rid of his clinical insanity. That was a term used in the 60s and earlier but today the patient would be given a DSM-IV diagnosis under the Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders category, pieced apart into ridiculous minutia which basically means, "That boy is fucking cray."

  • Jezzer

    "Chloë Sevigny Is Preposterously Talented..."

    I found myself using "preposterous" in connection with her performance too, but for different reasons. Were we watching the same actress? Because I found myself suspecting the secret tunnel Lana and Grace were looking for was chewed into the scenery during one of Chloe's scenes.

  • Fairly sure 'insanity' is more a legal term now than a medical, or psychological one. Now specific disorders are used--sociopathy, psychopathy, schizophrenia, etc. more than "insane." Though in the 60's? I think things were in the process of changing, but insanity could possibly still have been a valid clinical diagnosis.

    Also, I don't think Grace can be Bloody Face because dude looks TALL.

  • lillie

    I don't understand Lana's reasons for betraying Grace and Kit. Is she really that scared of him? I don't trust Grace at all either, though I'm not sure if she is BloodyFace. It would make sense though, with her crazy eyes and young age. Good point about B.F. needing to be young enough in the 60's to be (gloriously!) ripping Adam Levine up in 2012.

  • Ginger

    That's going to be Lana's journey. Coming around to Kit.

  • Sydney

    The term 'mossy bank' is going to show up in my nightmares.
    Completely agree about the French woman as Bloody Face. Someone pointed out how big her eyes are in the first episode, then when I saw Bloody Face again the penny dropped. Although - she must have a way out of the asylum if she killed Lana Banana's girlfriend? She seems convinced Kit is innocent and looked like she was ready to bolt with him when the power went down - wouldn't she use her secret way out to let Kit free?

  • Blake

    " ....keep stabbing the sh*t out of Adam Levine in 2012. (Yaaaaaaaaaaay! Do it every week!)"

    This a 1000 x Please!

  • Blake

    "Chloë Sevigny Is Preposterously Talented" YES! She is fantastic!

    And seeing Zachary Quinto reminded me that Star Trek Into Darkness can't be here soon enough...

  • lillie

    yes, yes, yes to this.

  • lillie

    And by Yes, I mean to the "keep stabbing Adam Levine" comment, not to the "Chloe Sevigny is preposterously talented" one. I may be in the minority, but I think she is the weakest link in an otherwise incredibly talented cast.

  • Blake

    You need to watch Hit & Miss...

  • Jezzer

    This isn't "Hit & Miss." This is "American Horror Story," and so far she hasn't impressed.

  • Blake

    There's is only so much she can do with what she's given and writing wasn't been the best for her character.

  • lowercase_ryan

    The exorcism scene was top-fucking-notch. Seriously, that was done better than in most movies I've seen.

  • Jezzer

    It helped that the possessed kid was super-creepily talented. His facial expressions alone were scarier than most film possessions.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Oh hell yes. The voices, dialogue, and expressions.

    Also: 52 (or 57?) cocks was A LOT back then, amiright?

  • Jezzer

    Depends on whether or not you've adjusted for inflation.

  • lillie

    Depends. Were they in a row??

  • Ginger

    Did they come in a bag? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • lowercase_ryan

    I heart you, well played.

  • lillie

    thank you...you set that comment up perfectly.

  • lillie

    I agree. It creeped me out more than any other exorcism scene I've seen in any movie.

  • 'Mossy bank' FTW!

    I did not know Lily Rabe is Jill Clayburgh’s daughter! Thanks for the info.

    Present day Bloody Face has hair kind of like Grace but he walked like a man, baby. I think he's one of the monsters Dr. A is creating by feeding human flesh to humans. That said, I do NOT trust Grace. I think she's a spy for Sister Jude or the doc.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I think Bloody face is whatever was in that room that Dr. A was cleaning. Meaning, not Grace.

  • Yep, seems he's created several of these beasts, some of whom have survived to the present day. I guess Dr. A rapes hookers then chops 'em up and feeds them to the monsters.

  • Ginger

    I don't know. Given what Murphy did last season with Tate and Violet, I'd agree that he would likely get us rooting for Kit and Grace and then pull the rug out. I also think Bloody Face should be someone we already know. That's, like, the first law of creepy monsterdom.

  • lowercase_ryan

    To me Bloody Face has appeared huge. Like really really big. When "it" is chasing Levine's girl down the hall and whatnot. That's what got me thinking it was a monster.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Levine's girl Who is Tatum Channing's wife. Sheesh, it's more nepotistic than an episode of "Girls" up in this place.

  • Jezzer

    Let's not go overboard. :P

  • lowercase_ryan

    Granted you're "in the biz" so to speak, so I can't knock you for knowing that. But I can be oddly proud that I didn't.

  • Jerce

    WELL FINALLY.
    Thanks very much...I really do look forward to these much more than I probably should.

  • KatSings

    Lizzie Brochere's ass is perfect. Our facebook group obsessed about this (because I made them, lol). And Cromwell is hands down the scariest thing on the show. "Mossy bank" indeed.

  • KV

    But the tan line on that ass looked like it had been made from wearing relatively modern, low-waisted bikinis, and not the high-waisted ones that used to be more popular in the early 1960s.

  • TheMaskedEmu

    Additional research required. I'll get right on that.

  • Jezzer

    For the record, I didn't obsess. I believe my exact words were, "Pfft." >.>

  • Anna von Beav

    I obsessed a little. I believe my exact words were, "That ass almost made me believe in god again."

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