I Think I Have A New Favorite Character And Ten Things We Learned About This Week's "American Horror Story"
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I Think I Have A New Favorite Character And Ten Things We Learned From This Week's "American Horror Story"

By Joanna Robinson | TV Reviews | November 2, 2012 | Comments ()


Ryan Murphy Found Something Even More Enjoyable Than Stabbing Adam Levine: As much as I love a good Levine gutting, there was something exhilarating and satisfying in that shot to the head. No? My only regret is that we won't enjoy more stabbing in the future. Unless, well unless every episode opens with some further defiling of the Levine corpse. I might be okay with that. Also, in the present, there appears to be...what..."Bloddy Face" copycat killers? Like this is some sort of Scream sequel?

Sevigny Haters Also Got A Treat: Many of you expressed your disdain for Chloƫ Sevigny's histrionics last week. Well, lucky you. After her dine and dash on Orderly Carl, Shelley got her wings clipped by Dr. Arden. I doubt this is the last we'll see of Shelley.

Dr Treadstone Likes To Misbehave: Oh it was minor, but, hopefully, that little Quinto smirk will lead to further shenanigans. He makes for a fairly decent boy detective and here's hoping he cracks the case of "Bloody Face" wide open.

Drunk Jessica Lange Is, As You Would Expect, A Delight: Lange was half in the bag all last season on "American Horror Story" and it was so fun to see her back to her bobbing and weaving ways. One high point, of course, was when Sister Jude started quoting Rodgers and Hammerstein instead of scripture. But the pinnacle moment had to have been when she called Charles Laughton an "enormous whoopsie." What an adorably offensive term.

Pre-Code Hollywood Was The Bomb: If you've never taken a film history class, there's a possibility you might not know that before the Hays Code was fully enforced in 1934, there was a lot of salacious material coming out of Hollywood. For example: Claudette Colbert in a milk bath. Why Sister Jude thought it was a good pick, we'll never know.
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Oh, Look, A Triumphant Shawshank: Mom-AAAHHHH ZOMBIES: The Briarcliff reaction to Claudette Colbert already gave me a Rita Hayworth/Shawshank Redemption vibe, but then we got the classic "freeeeedom" shot in the rain. But no one ruins a moment of triumph like Ryan Murphy. This time with zombie/experiment/creatures.

The Zombies Were Bad: Pustules? Really?

But The Alien Was Worse: I don't know. My take on this was "alien." Maybe it was just meant to be another creature. Or the manifestation of the evil inhabiting Sister Mary Eunice. Or one of Sister Jude's drunk delusions. But it looked reptilian/alien to me. Do we know where Kit was during this time?

"The Mexican" Has Never Seen A Horror Movie: You never call the murderer/monster out. Not unless you want a pair of scissors to the neck.

Sister Mary Eunice, I Think I Love You: Lily Rabe absolutely killed it this episode. Let's hope she continues to do so. This plotline has quickly become my favorite.

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  • Sassafrass Green

    So... do we think Ryan Murphy couldn't help himself possibly referencing Chloe going down on Vincent Gallo in Brown Bunny or was it just a coincidence?

  • Three of the Bloody Face characters in the opening sequence were role-players, a call back to last season's serial killer groupies who infiltrated the Murder House.

    I fear the 'real' Bloody Face in the sequence is a product of Sister Mary Eunice's 'juicy' hot-eyed encounter with the monsters.

    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the Brown Bunny reference!

  • ClaireB

    Whait IS this show ?

  • stryker1121

    Holy shit I was about to ask the same thing. I've never seen AHS and it looks completely coo-coo bananas. What IS this show, indeed.

  • Jemiah Jefferson

    Those of us who watch actually ask the EXACT SAME QUESTION every week!

  • ClaireB

    Can't even write right.

  • People didn't like the Chloe Sevigny histrionics last week? COME ON, PEOPLE. Her hissed/hysterical reading of "jazz musician" was delightful. I'm living for how in on the awefulsome she and Cromwell are.

    Possessed Sister Mary Euniphant is my favorite thing Ryan Murphy has ever done/will ever do. LOVE.

  • DarthCorleone

    Bloodyface is an alien.

  • Candee

    Is it weird that I felt soooo bad for "the Mexican"?

  • lillie

    I would totally be okay with Murphy showing Adam Levine getting mutilated at the beginning of each episode.

  • Blake

    THIS. 1000 Upvotes.

  • My theory is that we're never going to see Bloodyface in action during the main storyline. We have to settle for how a copycat killer is recreating the crimes in the present. Adam Levine is going to be decapitated, skinned, and maybe even poked around a bit before his twisted girlfriend gets pinned with the crime.

  • Anna von Beav

    Hm, that's pretty good. Maybe he's rich, and she's pulling a To Die For, getting her teenage lover to kill him, and it goes awry when one of the teenage lover's friends gets killed. It could work.

    I have a different hypothesis, partly based on the cliche-ness of the action... the 2012 characters are filming a horror movie. They could go several ways with that.... they're making a film about BloodyFace and the actual BloodyFace (or BloodyFaceOffspring) shows up and murders off the whole crew; they're just making a film about BloodyFace and they wrap it up and then BloodyFace is in the shadows lurking waiting for them to go away so he can go back to BloodyFace-ing around.... something along those lines.

  • I wouldn't put it past Ryan Murphy to go that meta. There are enough horror movies that use that kind of gag to be cliche enough to interest him.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I think the alien was there because of the alien microchip in the Arden's lab. The stuff at the beginning was weird, with the Bloodyface copies. Eunice is just the best.

  • lillie

    Lily Rabe--WOW. Thank God Sister Mary Eunice became possessed, so Rabe could finally show the acting chops I KNEW she had. Enough with the simpering ninny nun she had been playing.

  • Anna von Beav

    Sister Satan is SO MUCH MORE FUN than Sister Cries-A-Lot, for sure.

  • annie

    I am totally okay with Murphy showing off every facet of her acting ability in the course of this whole show.

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