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Lily Rabe Will Appear on ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show,’ Reprising ‘Asylum’ Role!

Mrs. Horror Boom (HorrorBoom.com):

This is AWESOME news. We can’t wait to see what happens. Pepper, if you’ll recall, was framed… who really drowned that baby and cut off its ears?

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The American Horror Story installments of Asylum and Freak Show just became even more connected: EW has exclusively learned that Lily Rabe will be appearing on Freak Show and reprising her Asylum role as nun Sister Mary Eunice. The actress, who has appeared in every season of AHS and is currently starring in the ABC midseason series The Whispers, will shoot her spot this weekend.

The reason for Sister Mary’s return involves Pepper (Naomi Grossman) and how she ended up going from the freak show to Asylum‘s titular institution, Briarcliff. Rabe’s appearance will be on AHS‘ 10th episode, which is their big winter cliffhanger.

EW has also confirmed reports that Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, David Burtka, will indeed appear on Freak Show this season but in separate episodes.

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New! Pepper On American Horror Story Asylum: Naomi Grossman, Who Plays The Fan Favorite, Talks Musical And More!

Do I really need a lot of introduction here? It’s an interview with Naomi Grossman on Huffington Post, discussing playing Pepper on American Horror Story Asylum (and on possible future projects). I feel sort of stupid for not sniffing this piece out before,  since it was published right after “The Name Game” episode. It’s another great one, she’s entertaining and informative as always:

 

Pepper On ‘American Horror Story': Naomi Grossman, Who Plays The Fan Favorite, Talks Musical And More.

 

 

I’m really going to miss “Asylum”, but I started missing Pepper the minute “Dr. Krump” gently told Jessica Lange that Pepper had passed in 1966. Too bad, I loved watching her playing “Candy land” with Jude, and also seeing them hanging out in the kitchen. Glad she knows how many fans she’s made happy!

 

Candy Land: The Great Lollipop Adventure

Candy Land: The Great Lollipop Adventure (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Check Out American Horror Story Asylum Teasers For Episode 12, “Continuum’ (Five Things To Expect – Zap2it)

Ok, I wouldn’t call these major spoilers, they don’t give away any big shockers, but these are GREAT teasers for the penultimate episode of American Horror Story Asylum. My brain is still turning over these little mysteries the piece teases…

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Find out (well, figure  out – this is five things to expect, they don’t just blurt shit out) what face returns to Briarcliff, and if that character, or a scary new one, have it in for Sister Jude. Also, who or what from Lana’s past haunts her in her appearance in 1969! Click below and start speculating…

‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ episode 12 spoilers: Five things to expect from ‘Continuum’ – Zap2it.

 

Oh! And you get to see Evan Peters in his underwear! Though he may also be wearing a little blood in one scene, too (we don’t know whose).

No way THIS is going to end well...

No way THIS is going to end well…

 

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Breaking News: Pepper’s Back Next Week! Until Then, Read Naomi Grossman’s Piece From EW.com On Being Cast, Transformed Into Pepper the Pinhead on American Horror Story Asylum!

Mrs. Horror Boom (HorrorBoom.com):

When it comes to covering and Q&A about American Horror Story Asylum, I get more questions about Pepper than practically all the other characters combined. Is pinhead on ASHA real?  and Who plays pinhead on AHSA?  but the last month, the top question (more than who is bloody face ) is When is Pepper pinhead coming back?

For the answer on that last one, you can read my re-blog here; I highly recommend this piece that Naomi Grossman wrote herself. Right from the pinhead’s–er, horse’s–that doesn’t sound nice either, let me try one more time. Right from Naomi Grossman’s mouth!

 

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America Horror Story: Asylum has such an amalgam of strange, creepy characters who slither in and out of the FX horror show’s criminally insane asylum, Briarcliff Manor. But one character that’s a hit with fans is Pepper, the childlike yet murderous microcephalic female inmate with a tuft of hair and a joyfully toothy grin recalling the derogatorily named “pinheads” in Tod Browning’s 1932 side-show film Freaks, and one of its stars, Schlitzie. In this funny, sassy exclusive essay to EW.com, actress Naomi Grossman explains her transformation from a pretty, comedic actress to mischievous Pepper with the aid of prosthetics and makeup. She even shaved her noggin for the part.

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American Horror Story Asylum Releases Official Featurette on Pepper The Pinhead – Watch “Meet Pepper” Now!

“I found out kinda late what I was getting myself into.” -Actress Naomi Grossman

Well, it’s about time – after we  scoured the internet for information on American Horror Story Asylum’s resident Pinhead, Pepper– and the brave actress who plays her– “Inside The Asylum” just released as official featurette! Warning: it’s rather surreal seeing Naomi Grossman in her full-on Pepper makeup and costume, but out of character, chatting away in her pretty, semi-valley Girl voice. Check it out below!

They also show some clips (“RATS!”). It’s funny how, when her character first popped up, I thought the same thing some people on set did – Holy shit, did they somehow find an actual pinhead with a SAG card Then I figured it was CGI. Then  I went looking, and started posting! I’m still amazed at the job they did, and the whole American Horror Story Asylum make-up effects team deserves an Emmy. If anyone we talked to didn’t think they deserved an award, then they haven’t seen this video.

Gabba Gabba HEY!

You know, she is actually kind of cute. Still not leaving her alone with a baby, though.

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Ten Little-Known Trivia Facts About American Horror Story Asylum – We Bet You Haven’t Heard Them All Yet!

Some of these you may have read or heard; others also obsessed with American Horror Story Asylum may know most. However, I’m thinking you’ll read at least one fact you didn’t know, hopefully more! I cited sources when I could, or links to the articles I came across the info or quotes in. A couple I stumbled upon by accident –I was trying to find more than ten, so I could weed out a few of the blander ones–even surprised me.  Let’s start things off with a bang (so to speak)…

Ryan Murphy told EW.com that Cromwell said, “Well you have to fucking cast my son — he looks just like me.’  He walked in and indeed he did. We cast him on the spot… it was perfect.”

1. Well, If you’re one of the many ladies and gentlemen out there who find Evan Peters yummy, you might have heard this one. Evan, while wearing a cock “modesty sock” in the scene closing the second episode where he gets bent over Sister Jude’s desk and caned for trying to escape with Grace accidentally gave Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson a free show! Yes, the rumors are true, Peters confirmed them himself (and so did Paulson). Here’s his confession, from Vulture.com:

Peters: That was literally the first day of shooting. It’s embarrassing that I’m telling you this, but why not? I had to wear a cock sock, right? And since I was wearing a hospital gown, I thought, Well, my front’s not going to be showing. It’s not a big deal. And when they bent me over [laughs], they could see my balls hanging down from the other side. The first day of shooting, and I flash Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson my balls. Welcome to American Horror Story ! It was ridiculous. I have to put on a cock sock and sheath my balls. Once someone’s seen your balls, it’s over. It’s fine. Everything’s good. They didn’t even say anything. Sarah just walked over after that take and kissed me on the cheek. I was like, Why? What’s happening? That’s when I realized. I was mortified.

Uh, not this exact scene, but I thought Evan Peters fans probably wouldn’t complain.

2. Ryan Murphy said the part of Charlotte/“Anne Frank” was written for Franka Potente, and that she was the “only choice” for the two-episode role.

3.  Chloë Sevigne as Shelley had to wear prosthetics after Dr. Nazi “clipped her wings”. When asked about “physical challenges”, she replied, “Well, the prosthetic pieces that they put on made it impossible to straighten my legs, so I had to keep my legs bent all day and I had to be wheeled around in a wheelchair and I was feeling quite helpless.  It was a strange feeling to have to need assistance to do lots of different things.  And that was probably the most challenging part, feeling kind of helpless in that way.” Eek!

Some foreshadowing for Shelley’s character during an early promo that turned out to be pretty goddamned disturbing… never would have suspected anything, until I saw “Nor’Easter”.

4.. In the flashbacks so far that take place during WWII, the reason the young Dr. Nazi looks almost exactly like the 1964 Dr. Nazi is that they cast James Cromwell’s son.  Ryan Murphy told EW.com that Cromwell said, “Well you have to fucking cast my son — he looks just like me.’  He walked in and indeed he did. We cast him on the spot… it was perfect.”

Spitting image. I actually assumed they just used CGI, the resemblance was so dead-on.

5. The make-up process to transform pretty, petite actress Naomi Grossman into Pinhead Pepper takes about three hours (though it was longer during initial sessions). The process includes a contact lens for one of her eyes (that the actress says makes her almost blind in one eye) and a bumpy piece for her spine.

Oh, I can’t wait till we see Pepper again! Especially since I have a newly found admiration for Ms. Grossman since I read her interviews.

6. To protect leaks about the plots, nearly everyone in the cast except Jessica Lange, James Cromwell, and Zach Quinto only see their own script “sides”.  Sarah Paulson (who plays Lana Winters) has said she doesn’t yet know the ultimate fate of her character.

7. Both James Cromwell and Jessica Lange have played characters that were in-patients in mental hospitals. On the much-loved HBO series created by Alan Ball, “Six Feet Under”, James Cromwell played Ruth Fisher’s (played by fellow American Horror Story alum Frances Conroy, who was robbed of any Emmy for her SFU  role, especially in Season Five) second husband, Arthur, whose obsessions about preparing for World War Three turned into deep psychosis; When it got to the point that he moved into the basement bomb shelter and refused to leave, his miserable wife had to finally call a hospital and he was taken out of the house in a straitjacket. While he was undergoing treatment (in a much nicer psychiatric facility than the one in Asylum,  of course), his character had to have several sessions of shock therapy that resulted in serious (though temporary) memory loss.
In 1982, Jessica Lange played tragic actress Frances Farmer in the emotionally brutal biopic Frances.  During the portions of the film covering her years-long stay in the 1940s after her abusive mother had her committed to a state mental hospital, she also had to receive very extreme, repeated treatments including repeated shock treatment (she had bruising/slight scorch marks on her temples very similar to Lana’s after her shock treatment in episode two) and a padded cell. Towards the end of the movie, her character was shown being on the receiving end of a trans-orbital lobotomy. If you want to watch the aforementioned scene from the film below, you’ll recognize a very familiar line of dialogue from the doctor when he’s “pitching” the lobotomies. Hell, that’s trivia I just accidentally stumbled upon when I was finding the clip: that Brad Falchuck, who wrote the episode “I Am Anne Frank, Part Two”, was inspired from this horrifying scene. The clip ends before the actual surgery, but trust me, it’s still disturbing.

8. According to the IMDB, actor Chris Zylka was booked for a two-episode arc as a deaf, mute patient in the series’ second season. However, Zylka was quietly dismissed from the show after refusing to shave his head for the role. Producers then reduced the role to a one-episode guest spot in the wake of the actor’s ouster.

9. As of this writing (November 19th), Ryan Murphy as said that not only has the season not wrapped yet,  but that the script for the Asylum finale is still being polished by the writers.*


10. During a red carpet interview at the American Horror Story Asylum premiere event, Zachary Quinto (Dr. Thredson)  said that the set was so creepy, and the atmosphere was so intense, he started bringing his banjo to the set and playing it during breaks in shooting. He said at first he was “sort of a little bit nervous” about playing, but everyone has thanked him for doing it, and told him how much it helps to lighten the mood. You can see the entire montage of red-carpet interviews with the leads in the below video (brought to you by DreadCentral.com).

*For the record, I trust him and the entire creative team completely.

I have a feeling we might be seeing this character from Sister Jude’s past again…

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See Proof Brave Actress Shaved Her Head To Play Pinhead ‘Pepper’ In American Horror Story Asylum!

Well well, it looks like Naomi Grossman has her own You Tube Channel! Cool. She’s done a lot of skits for Funny Or Die, as well as quite a few short films. First, she put up a video of herself stylin’ on the Red Carpet for the American Horror Story Asylum Premiere event (and yes, that’s a wig, you’ll find out why soon):

Here she is being asked about American Horror Story Asylum at the same event (though she can’t give up many details, of course) in a short interview:

Aaand  here she is being incredibly brave, getting all that hair off except for that little ponytail on top… WOW.

Any actress that dedicated deserves all the attention she’s getting for her role. She did say in an interview I posted a link to earlier that when she was on set without her costume/makeup, no-one recognized her. That’s definitely a good thing! Glad her character is becoming a fan favorite and getting so much attention. Ms. Grossman sure as hell earns every last bit of it!

“Pepper’s not harmless. She drowned her sister’s baby and sliced his ears off.”

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Ten Very Disturbing Things We Learned From American Horror Story Asylum Episode 5 – “I Am Anne Frank, Part Two” (MAJOR Spoilers)

“THERE’S A MONSTER!”  - Peggy

 

Oh, this episode has its share of monsters, that’s for damn sure. One of them is only a monster on the outside,  but it’s FAR too late to help her. The best we can hope for is that the man (who’s a monster on the inside) that turned her into something barely recognizable as once being a human will be discovered for what he is.  Hopefully he’ll get the worst, most agonizing death of any character yet on American Horror Story. The writers would have to really apply themselves to pull that off, though, given the viciousness and agony characters have been subjected to on varying levels all season-and we’re not even halfway through. There’s still EIGHT episodes left –HELLyeah! Okay, there’s a lot of ground to cover, so let’s do this. Believe it or not, this is the trimmed-down version!

Don’t worry… she won’t bite.

 

1. Dr. Thredson has a pretty cool-looking bachelor pad;  lots of warm wood tones, plenty of Eames-like furniture, minimalistic decor, almost like Roger Sterling and Burt Cooper at their best decorated it. Oh, did I say furniture?  I’m excluding the lamp that, when turned on, revealed a shade that would have looked much better if it had been left on its original owner: a woman (we could faintly make out nipples on it). Which leads us to…

2. Dr. Thredson is Bloody Face!  In a series of perfectly timed and progressively horrifying reveals, we found out he is indeed the serial-killing monster who has been skinning women (possibly while they were still alive), decapitating them, and wearing their severed faces as a mask (sewed up the back). We saw some red flags when Dr. Thredson, AKA Dr. Bloody Face,  brought in a reel-to-reel recorder the size of a coffee table to take Kit’s ‘confession’, which had been fed to him by Thredson almost word-by-word. Poor Kit believed Dr. T.  He can be very convincing; I sure as hell didn’t suspect him for Bloody Face at all until ‘Nor’Easter’, but then it just sort of crossed my mind. I didn’t seriously consider it until the second viewing of  “I am Anne Frank, Part One”.  American Horror Story  is not known for its predictability, and though Dr. T got the most votes in the Bloody Face Poll I posted (about half the votes were for him, the rest were spread out on the other choices, though there was not one vote for Kit, Sister Jude or Mary Eunice) I wouldn’t have bet on it.  The way he more or less smuggled Lana out of Briarcliff, also a big red flag, especially his response when Frank went out to the parking lot saying Sister Jude was asking for him. “I don’t work here any more. As a matter of fact, I never did. You can tell her I said that,” he replied in his usual monotone, now sounding colder. He never did work for Briarcliff. Dr. T was always working for himself, his own secret agenda, not because he cared about the patients getting treated humanely,  but to frame the suspect that had been arrested for the gruesome, brutal murders of three women (that the police knew  of, that is): Kit Walker.

“Instincts are everything. We ignore them at our peril.” -Mr. Goodman

 

3. Lana’s decision to trust Dr. Thredson was possibly the worst she made in her life (after the decision to write an exposé on Briarcliff for her career, I suppose). She seemed nervous when Dr. T wouldn’t let her make a phone call, though she glanced at the lamp shade’s faint nipples (which was when I exclaimed loudly, “Oh holy shit, it IS him!”*), she looked away quickly enough that she obviously didn’t suspect it was made of human skin.  She still grew increasingly unnerved,  though Dr. T talked a very good game, even giving her the name of the police detective he’d (claimed to have) set up a meeting with the next morning. Still, any awkwardness about quickly turned into bad vibes after Dr. Thredson told her he just knew it– she was the person to tell his story.  Uh-oh. Lana knew she was in serious trouble when he offered her a mint from what at first glance seemed like a white bowl, but on closer look was a dish fashioned from the top of a human skull (the sound the bone dish made rolling slightly on the coffee table as it sank home for Lana was especially unsettling to me).  At that point I would have leaped up and bolted the hell out of there even if I had to launch myself through a window that was closed, but Lana bravely kept her composure and asked to use his bathroom. After she left the room, Dr. T sighed in a rather resigned way (as if he was hoping to keep up the façade as long as he could so he could toy with her and scare her as badly as possible before she hit the basement) and removed his glasses, but all the doors “right down the hall” were locked …except for one.

Lana, when she was still safe at Briarcliff Manor… #PrayForLana indeed.

Unfortunately for her, it turned out to be the door to his Hobby Room of Horrors, which included hanging, translucent flaps of skin, chunks of what looked like cured flesh on a work table, almost wall-to-wall tools that would look right at home in a private room of a paying Club Member on the set of Hostel or Hostel 2,  the upper half of a skeleton assembled and mounted on the wall… and a handy hydraulic trap door that opened instantly at the touch of a button perhaps the most startling moment in the episode, I’ve never seen that in a horror movie before—which considering the number of them I’ve seen is saying something— and was one of the last things I expected (another “HOAH!” from me at a volume that woke up one of our cats). Just in case THAT wasn’t fucked-up enough, we learned something else horrible (I think all ten items on the list this week may be very disturbing information, and usually there’s one that could be seen as a positive discovery)…

3. Dr. Thredson’s REAL chamber of horrors is in the basement  It’d be terrifying enough to wake up face down on a tiled floor (with at least one drain for hosing down the place for easy clean-up after blood and body parts are everywhere), recall how you got there, then realize your ankle has a shackle around it attached to a long chain bolted to the floor. It’s another, worse thing to see a your lover’s body carelessly laid out a couple of yards away, wearing a familiar robe, think she’s alive, (“Oh Wendy, oh thank God”, Lana sobbed), turn her to face you, and discover the person you loved with all your heart is now a frozen corpse (hence the open door on the giant meat freezer),  then, just in case things aren’t horrifying enough, to see the human monster (who by the way, you had trusted unconditionally since your life took a BIG turn for the worse) walk in and explain normally he would have skinned and decapitated her by now, but he wanted to “keep her fresh for you” for the ULTIMATE aversion-conversion therapy that makes the revolting “treatment” you  went through earlier look like a fucking picnic.  All of us familiar with horror knows things can always  get worse, even if it didn’t seem possible. Wendy wad dead, but still had a face..  but that’s before Dr. Bloody Face tells Lana “she won’t bite”, and the ultimate horror (for now) is revealed-he pulls out a stitched-together, fleshy mask of human skin and dons it… then points to the ragged skin around the mouth of it and tells her Wendy won’t bite when Lana kisses Wendy’s cold lips… because he took her teeth  and crudely attached them to the ragged hole where the mouth on that face used to be (see featured photo). It’s only then that Lana finally lets out that raw, primal scream we saw in the preview.

“It’s almost like she wanted to re-live it… as if she could somehow change the outcome.”

 

4. Kit really had  been abducted. We discover this when Grace, who’d been curled up on the cot in her wretched cell after realizing there was nothing she could do to keep from being sterilized against her will, sees an unnaturally  bright, blinding light penetrating the walls of her cell. Grace is abducted too …and may have been ‘probed’/experimented on even more severely than Kit, as when we see her again,  a noticeable amount of blood has spilled out of her lady parts, leaked and pooled on the fabric of the chair in the day room she’s slumped miserably in. She looks much, much worse for wear after what Kit had referred to as “the creature in the sky” returned her. But that’s not all the news Grace (and the episode) lays out for us.

5. Alma (or some clone, copy or alien doppelgänger of her) is alive and trying to comfort Grace while she’s on the alien …mothership or whatever it turns out to be “up in the sky” (as Kit had earlier put it). Alma also looked pregnant in one of the trippy, disjointed shots in the montage. The zoom in on Grace’s wide, frightened eye (that I assumed was the eye of someone about to get a trans-orbital lobotomy in my last piece), was when the unearthly, blinding beams of light from the alien presence invaded her dank, David Fincher-esque cell. Before I saw the episode, I even thought I saw the reflection of a trans-orbital lobotomy tool moving closer to her eye. Nope.

“I cried and cried saying God didn’t answer my prayers… I remember my mother telling me that ‘God always answers our prayers, Judy. It’s just rarely the answer we’re looking for.’ ”

 

6. Unless a miracle or plot twist (or a totally successful escape plan) is introduced, it looks like Kit is totally screwed. He was already under arrest for the murder of his wife AND at two other women that they know of,  perceived by the authorities to be the sadistic serial killer nicknamed Bloody Face. In addition to that,  he was spending the majority of his temporary stay in Briarcliff (for mental evaluation) either getting the hell caned out of him until he couldn’t sit down or being tortured by Dr. Thredson. Now the police have a very convincing, detailed confession that he recorded more or less without the use of force, or even prompts, including details only the killer knew. Now that Grace has told him he wasn’t crazy, it happened like he remembered, and that Alma is (seemingly) alive, he seems doomed to slowly become insane —for real, this time— locked up in jail until his date with the electric chair.

Jessica Lange, beautiful at any age.

7. Sister Jude had a horrible childhood. Her mother drank heavily (“the Martin family cure for everything” Sister Jude says). Her single mother worked hard to support her daughter because her husband had run off. During a monologue to Frank— she tells a story that may rival her “movie night” drunken monologue in terms of misery and acting genius. She was a very lonely little girl who came home to an empty house after school and brought home a sickly squirrel to try to nurse back to health, then she kept it secretly in a shoebox. When she realized it had died, she wept and prayed with all her heart for God to bring back her little companion. Shockingly, God does not in fact bring her squirrel back from the dead; instead, Sister Jude’s exhausted mother got home from work,  saw her praying, and tossed her dead pet in the garbage. Sister Jude says her mother’s actions were understandable given how worn out she was at the time and that she didn’t know how cruel her action was. The lesson was, in her mother’s words, that “God always answers our prayers… it’s just rarely the answer that we’re looking for.” Yep, and Kit, Lana, Shelley and Grace, can attest to it.

“Are you as happy as you look?”
“I’ve never been happier.”

 

8. Sister Jude prayed long and desperately to God to let her keep her position at Briarcliff. She has demonstrated through her actions that the mansion and her position there mean everything to her in the world. After Frank came in to reluctantly give her the news that Lana Winters was missing from the grounds (and she told Frank that pitiful story) she fell back into terrible old habits, dressed up in a sex-siren outfit she still kept around, let her hair down and applied her familiar Ravish-Me Red (or a shade close to it) lipstick, went to a bar to cruise, and banged a man only listed in the credits as “Stranger”. She woke up the next morning probably feeling even more shitty, got dressed, and left the room while her bed-mate was still sleeping.  Sad as all this was, I LOVED the sequence of her preparing to go get laid, sitting at the bar waiting for a man to approach her. I really loved the musical beats during the montage when it was edited together with…

9.  The fate of “Anne Frank”, aka Charlotte Cohen. Her very concerned husband came in with him, her real story (and the proof to back it up- a photo of them with their son, David). She was already ‘emotional’ and ‘high strung” as her husband describes her. She’d read The Diary of Anne Frank,  and had been told she resembled her at the same age Anne would be if she hadn’t died in Auschwitz. Her husband says the turning point came after she saw a production of Anne Frank when she was eight months pregnant. After their baby was born and she slipped into a serious postpartum psychosis, spending most of her time in the library and the den she’d turned into a study of Nazis and holocaust atrocities, including the horrible war crimes she’d accused Dr. Nazi of; more on that later) . She even gave herself the concentration camp numbers, tattooing them on her inner elbow prison-style. Sister Jude was thrown off that her patient turned out to be a fraud (even though Charlotte didn’t know it herself) and sent her home with her loving husband. “A child needs his mother,” Sister tells her gently.

Guess what happens next.

Unfortunately, her mental condition got worse after she got back to home, and her husband, who had to work, simply didn’t feel the baby was safe being home with just Charlotte. That probably had something to do with her trying to smother their baby with a pillow right in from of him. Though he clearly didn’t want to, he brought her back to Briarcliff as a last resort- even Sister Jude tried to talk him out of it.  Dr. Nazi , though, almost immediately tosses her in a padded cell and talks her very sad husband into what he says is the best, safest ‘most humane’ treatment for her mental illness, a trans-orbital lobotomy. Dr. Nazi assures her husband (who nervously asks if he’s sure this is safe) in his hands, the procedure is routine as a dentist filling a cavity (in his usual vile choice of words). Of course, Dr. Misogynistic Evil Prick knows better, but her husband trusts him (though he’s still clearly hurting when he’s present at her “procedure”). Yes, the recipient of the trans-orbital lobotomy teased last week turned out to be “Anne Frank”, AKA Charlotte Cohen. At least she got anesthesia.

“What’s your poison, sweetheart?”  Stranger at bar

10.  The final reveal, that especially caught me off guard after I was POSITIVE the episode would end and cut to black after the “I took her teeth” line, and Lana’s reaction to it, was quiet, simple genius. Charlotte’s back home after her lobotomy. I assumed lobotomies back then (especially when performed by someone who hated you) probably resulted in becoming a vegetable on legs; instead it seemed to transform her into a Stepford Wife**.  Charlotte has taken down and boxed up most of her newspaper clippings and research on concentration camps and the SS; her husband hopefully asks her if it’s trash, and she answers him in the affirmative . She and her happy husband leave the room after she offered to make a martini for him (sigh).  Then they slowly pan in to one of the few remaining scrapbook photos on the wall that she hasn’t had time to dispose of yet… and we see a group of Nazis in full dress posing in a group photo with Hitler. When the camera pans further in, we recognize the man standing behind Hitler …and he’s clearly Dr. Arden/Gruber. BOOM.  End of episode. Charlotte was indeed delusional, but that picture was real. That’s why she was seeing flashbacks of him— his photo had been on her Wall of Obsession by chance. He is a Nazi war criminal. Sister Jude’s — and our—strong suspicions were absolutely true.
And that’s that.

Two Bonus Things We Learned (because this episode was PACKED with new information):

Not sure how many hours Chloe spent in the make-up chair for this, but it ended up being very effective.

11. Oh holy shit, poor Shelley. She’s so mangled and messed-up that a little girl named Peggy (and a large teacher) both scream at the top of their lungs when they lay eyes on her. She’s barely recognized as a human woman (her stained bra and panties were pretty much all that indicated her gender), let alone being recognizable to anyone who knew her. She can’t talk anymore, just rasps and makes frightening animalistic sounds.  Shelley obviously got the shitty end of the stick, but every single one of those kids who saw mutant-Shelley are going to probably going to need therapy for life. Plus, that teacher is going to have to get a prescription for one of those 60s barbituate-sedatives like Seconal, Nembutal, or Quaaludes. Hell, ‘ludes would be my  choice if we were back in the mid-60s and I was the one who saw the most disturbing, horrifying, fucked-up thing I’d ever seen in my life times ten. Although the second time I watched, the shot where the teacher and all the kids all screamed in unison with their mouths open as far as possible was actually funny. One, two, three, now! AAAAAAAAAAAAUGH!!!

aaaaand you all should start looking for a good shrink right about now.

12. …and Sister Mary Eunice is TOTALLY in on this. It was chilling when Dr. Nazi expresses surprise that Sister Mary Eunice was able to transport Shelley ‘into the woods on her own’  and she casually, pleasantly replies, “You’d be surprised. She weighed very little.” We’re unsure right now what her motives could be. She didn’t bother to mention the fact to him that she dumped Shelley in a kid’s playground instead of the woods.  I read a while back in an interview w/Ryan Murphy that the demon in her definitely has a plan.  Did she do it so Dr. Nazi will get busted (and of course they’re going to take a nun’s word over THAT guy’s) and she can take over Briarcliff? Or was it to be extra-evil to Shelley by dropping her off in public where someone will find her and scream in horror at the top of their lungs? Or both? What a goddamned nightmare.

Can you find the Rasper in this picture?

Stray thoughts:

  • Sorry I didn’t post this in a more timely manner. I spent a couple of hours writing and proofing it (while doing two re-watches of the episode with closed captions), figured I’d do the photos and then publish it before the deadline, but funny thing, I had a little trouble sleeping until it was light out! Thus I slept way later than usual and hit the snooze button until I missed the 5PM PST deadline by five minutes or so.
  • If Jessica Lange hadn’t earned the Emmy for this season before, she’s sure as hell earned it now.
  • Frank, the guard, has feelings. I was completely expecting that when they cut back to him after Sister Jude’s miserable monologue about God answering prayers, and her telling him she was finished at Briarcliff, that Frank would either say, “Uh, ‘scuse me, Sista, but you been drinkin’ again? You ain’t making no sense here.” or it would cut to him leafing through a dirty magazine, then looking up and saying, “Uh, sorry, were you sayin’ something Sista? Ya lost me about five seconds in.” Instead, he proved himself to be possibly the only kind man on the staff, with no deep-seated issues towards women (unless you count the guard that Shelley blew went down on the night of the storm, he seemed pretty easygoing).  We were taken off guard to hear his quiet response:  “I certainly hope you’re not blaming yourself.  Men are never gonna accept a woman taking charge. Especially not a woman as strong as you are. In my opinion you never really had a chance.” At this point, it’s very refreshing to see a male staff member who not only doesn’t treat women like dog dirt, but even is surprisingly understanding towards women in her profession and the shit they have to constantly go through.

He’s just doin’ his job…

  • Loved the scene where Dr. Nazi goes to visit Sister Jude in her office with that crackling fireplace, and she refuses to lose her composure in front of him. She just glared at him when he hinted at dropping the charges if she prostrated herself on the floor and grovelled. You know he was hoping she’d do it, but good for you, Sister Jude, don’t give that sociopathic asshole the satisfaction.
  • GOD that mid-century pad of Dr. T’s was beautiful (we’re big, BIG mid-century modern fans), with that free-standing fireplace in the living room. Wonder if it was someone’s home, or a specially built studio set?
  • It’s no co-incidence Dr. Nazi’s cane— too bad Charlotte didn’t blow out his kneecap (or his brains)— has the silver head of a wolf. I think that’s one of his little death-camp souvenirs right there. Using it to anchor the table Charlotte was laid out on before her ‘procedure’ was especially cruel- and from her weak reaction, she wasn’t so drugged up that she didn’t notice it.  Her husband, to his credit, stayed there in the surgery room for the lobotomy …but couldn’t bear to look after the trans-orbital stabby-spike was in position over the inner corner of Charlotte’s eye.  Tap. Tap. Crunch. Click of Sister Jude’s lighter at the bar. Cut to black. I love this show.
  • Oh God,  poor Shelley. I don’t know if I’d wish that fate on any woman. I suppose she could be such a fighter (or hopefully, so infuriated) that she managed to painfully drag herself to the KID’S PLAYGROUND where she was found, rather than have been dumped there specifically by Sister Mary Demon. She made it up those stairs when she had less than half her legs and was in horrible pain. Of course the teacher is going to call someone to come get her, but tragically (and horribly) I’m pretty sure she’s not going to be able to communicate the truth to the authorities.  My money is on her sticking around for one more episode, and then we’ll be losing her. Update: Ryan Murphy has confirmed she WILL show up in episode six, and t hat Sister Mary Sicko purposely dumped her near a playground… because “that’s what the devil would do.” Agreed.
  • I’m usually not a big fan of deliberately ironic use of music (with some exceptions, like a John Waters movie). To me, it usually seems too contrived, like the movie or show is high-fiving itself, but I actually liked it at the end of this episode. In fact, it made me smile and shake my head. Oh, American Horror Story! You’re my bestest friend on TV.
  • I forgot sometime between the pilot and now that St. Jude is the patron saint of lost causes. For the record, here’s what the closed captions translated as Sister Jude’s whispered prayer before Frank came into her quarters to give her the bad news that Lana is off the grounds:  Holy apostle St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the patron saint of hopeless cases and things almost despaired of, pray for me who am so miserable, make use, I implore thee, of the particular privilege that is accorded to thee to bring visible and speedy help to those all hope where hope is almost despaired of…
  • I’m guessing Dr. Thredson also has some mommy issues. Remember the exorcism during E02? When he was giving the Jeb-demon an injection, the thing fucked with him telling Dr. T in an old woman’s voice, “Oh Oliver… look what you’ve become,” and he was visibly shaken. In fact, the only time on the show we’ve seen him that shaken.
  • Looks like we’ll be getting a little more of Sister Mary Eunice in next week’s episode, “The Origins of Monstrosity.” Loved her confiding cheerfully to that little girl, “I’m the devil.” “Are not,” she says.  “Am too!” she responds, with that evil I’ve-got-a-secret gleam in her eyes.  Plus, cooking with Bloody Face. Bring it ON!

*My verbal reactions (especially during the final act)  during the first airing of the show last night were so loud and profane (example: “HOAH! …LEE FUCK !” at the reveal of Wendy’s teeth on the mask) that if I’d been seeing the episode in a movie theater instead of watching at home, a fellow audience member would have complained and gotten me kicked out of the place by the manager or a security guard (as well they should).

**I’d say “Betty Draper” rather than a Stepford Wife, but Charlotte was smiling and seemed capable of love.

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See A HD Preview For American Horror Story Asylum 2X05 – “I Am Anne Frank Part 2″ And Take A Closer Look… (Spoiler Specs)

Remember how during Season One (about this time last year) of American Horror Story, FX used to release an actual clip from the upcoming episode to Dread Central around Monday or Tuesday?  Hell, I think towards the end they’d even release two.  They didn’t drop any huge bombshells, but at least they threw us some table scraps. Well, maybe they’ll start doing it again. There’s got to be at least one minute of the episode they can show us that doesn’t spoil anything. Guess I took those  for granted!

OK,  so here’s the preview for American Horror Story Asylum Episode 5, I Am Anne Frank Part Two*, and it’s supposed to be a DOOZY. First, take a look…

OK, so I won’t lie, I usually watch these a few times in a row, then go frame-by-frame. Probably more practical ways I could utilize my time, but hey, it’s American Horror Story Asylum and I have it on good authority that the reveal (as to Bloody Face’s identity) will be sick and amazing. Actually, the whole episode is probably going to be insane. Literally every reviewer, critic, blogger, and writer who has seen it all say they cannot wait until the episode is aired, because they’re dying to be able to talk about it with us fans/writers who don’t get to watch the show in advance and share the twisted secrets and new developments.

and winning by a landslide (for now) the #1 vote on my “Who Is Bloody Face?” poll is…

There were some interesting shots from the “I Am Anne Frank, Part Two”* preview,  and I have some speculation. If you consider speculation for an upcoming episode SPOILERS, then you should probably skip this. I have friends (not who watch AHS, but True Blood and Breaking Bad, off the top of my head) who turn the channel before scenes from next week come up. I do NOT have the willpower, especially with BrBa and True Blood (they will usually release a short clip from the next episode, too). You want to talk about willpower, I know someone who just DVR’d every Breaking Bad episode for the first half of Season Five that aired this year (there were right) and SOMEHOW waited eight weeks so they could watch them all in a row. So yeah, SPOILER ALERT on SPECULATIONS coming up now.

Let’s see, I’ve been keeping my ear to the wind and we’re going to find out that Shelley is not the only “sex addict” (though she didn’t seem to need to be locked up for it, but fifty years ago …yeah in the cast of characters. I hear three patients will be leaving Briarcliff–actually, it could be three characters (meaning staff or patient), but I know one of them is a patient, probably more– but NOT in a way that works out too well for them. I fact, at least one will wish they *could* go back to Briarcliff. Yes, that bad.  I hear at least one person presumed dead will be re-united with their soul mate (I’d say, “other half”, but that might be an unfortunate word choice), but also in a terrible way.  The kinds of things one spoiler was hinting at, I’m not sure could be shown on American Horror Story Asylum, that’s how gruesome and sick it sounded. I have two theories, one I’m just going to keep quiet about until after the show, in case it does not get that sick and I end up sounding like a freak.  My theory is that Lana will be outside Briarcliff, brought by Dr. Thredson.  Dr. Nazi could finish up destroying Shelley’s humanity inside and out, and wheelbarrow her out into Rasper-ville in the woods. Whether or not she’ll be joining them dead or alive is another matter. Maybe with Sister Mary Eunice’s help…

OK, let me back up here. In the preview, we see Dr. Thredson quietly telling Lana (in a slightly scary monotone) that he’ll be taking her out of Briarcliff Manor with him after dinner. She’s so dazed and relieved at this news that she asks him if this is real. Sadly for her, it is.

Oh, but Lana, you forgot what show you’re on. Later we see her screaming in visceral horror and raw panic, more terrified (and broken-looking) than she did when they strapped her down to give her shock treatment, when she fought them all off as much as she could, actively frightened at what was happening to her, and equally terrified at the idea of her memory being erased against her will (very, very frightening concept for any sane person). In the shots of her screaming in the preview for tonight’s episode, it looks like she’s in some kind of tiled room. Maybe a bathroom? Maybe Dr. Thredson takes her back to the home she and her lover Wendy shared? Wasn’t Wendy showering when she heard a noise, and felt a breeze (as the song “Wishing and Hoping” played), went to investigate, turned around and RAAAAAARR!  There was Bloody Face. I don’t know if we saw her being killed onscreen, and there weren’t those heinous, grisly Foley effects added like when, say, Theresa stabbed one of the Bloody Faces with a trans-orbital lobotomy tool in the present-day wraparound story. Clearly whatever she does get revealed to her will be the stuff of nightmares. Dr. Thredson walking into the room wearing what is clearly Wendy’s skin, maybe? Oh, this is going to be brutal.

I don’t even want to know… but I can’t look away! Image taken from the preview for “I Am Anne Frank, Part Two” airing November 14th.

I feel bad for her already.

Next, Sister Jude takes a look in Dr. Nazi’s** lab. “I see you finally got a chance to stick your nose in my lab,” he says in that tone he usually gets right before he does something scary and/or violent. She responds that it wasn’t too interesting. He goes on to tell her that she’s through here, and she knows it. Quick flashes of her looking like she’s weeping, or trying to pull herself together.

Later in the preview she’s almost certainly speaking to the “Nazi Hunter” she hired/contacted to look into the possibility of Anne Frank being right. “His name is Hans Gruper …he may have been an SS doctor.”

We see a shot of what looks like Dr. Nazi closing the door on a (very) padded cell on Anne Frank (or is she? Franka Potente‘s character, anyway). This does not bode well for her claims being taken seriously, though in several official promo pics released for the episode, we see her actually talking with the investigator, along with Sister Jude in some shots.

Cut to Dr. Nazi seemingly sincerely thanking Sister Mary Eunice “for protecting me”. “For protecting us  ,” she responds. There’s a quick shot of her dragging a body down a hall. I swear, in the first preview they showed right after the first airing of Part One, it looked like Sister Mary Eunice was either pulling her skirt up, or pulling something under them down, if you get my drift. Guess I must have imagined that part… we’ll see.

Next, it gets horrible for other characters. We see Kit being dragged down a hall by what look like two cops. fighting but losing.

THEN things get very dire, there’s a shot of someone’s open eye (I am sorry to break the news that it looks like Grace’s)  and the icepick-like trans-orbital lobotomy tool being tapped in (the tool in question was inserted in the corner of one of the patient’s eyes. I don’t even want to think about it). But here’s some photos.

Finally there’s a shot of an older heavy-set Far Side-esque woman getting a better look at something–with a group of small children around her, no less– down a recessed stairwell, outdoors. She screams at the top of her lungs when she recognizes the sight for what it is – my money if on a mangled corpse, possibly of a skinned and decapitated woman’s body that had been dumped there. Whatever it is, the poor woman looks like she’s in for a lifetime of therapy…

Hold on, children, I’m sure it’s nothing…

There’s a few very, very quick flashes I caught, and it’s harder to tell what the fuck we’re seeing. A couple of what looks like Grace’s head fighting against an ECT machine, or just some kind of scary, painful device of Dr. Nazi’s.

A shot of a patient (it’s unclear who, but I personally narrowed it down to Kit or Grace) wrapped in bandages – after some hideous “therapy” procedure? Before? Eeek!

Those are my speculations from the preview. Feel free to share yours below in the Reply section!  Just in case you’re unclear on what a trans-orbital lobotomy is… well, was, thank God they stopped using the device (and lobotomies)… and you really want to know, you can check out this Wikipedia article. I suggest you don’t read it if you have A. a headache B. sore or irritated eyes for whatever reason. The visuals are bad enough, trust me–yep, I woke up with a head cold today, sinus pain and pressure behind my eyes, didn’t get enough sleep and it felt like, for the first hour I was up, someone had tossed sand in my eyes when I hadn’t expected it.  Therefore, this article going up later than I wanted it to. Sorry! I just couldn’t stand to think about it, let alone look, until the Aleve I took kicked in as much as it was going to. I am pretty sure it is Grace, from the eye color, plus there’s an earlier quick shot of her being picked up bodily by what looks like an orderly as she fights back like a tiger.

And here’s some of those official photos released by FX I mentioned earlier… not a lot of variety, but I hope Sister Jude is ready for a fight. I don’t have a good feeling about Ann Frank’s future…

* I absolutely love everything about the show (which you’ve probably gleaned by now) but the titles are pretty bland. I recall Nip/Tuck episode titles would just be the name of the surgery seeker of the week… you know, the  So, Tell Us What You Don’t Like About Yourself patient. Last season on AHS, I think the most adventurous were “Smouldering Children” and “Spooky Little Girl”. Oh well, if they want to skimp on the creativity for the title and use it all for the episode, fine with me.

**I literally had a nightmare about the character the other night. He only made a brief cameo, but still, scared the hell out of me.

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‘American Horror Story Asylum’ Spoilers: Who Is Bloody Face? We’ll Find Out In Episode 5, ‘I Am Anne Frank Part 2′ [VIDEO] – IDT

NOTE: This piece is mainly speculation on Bloody Face’s identity, they don’t just blurt out who it is. They haven’t seen the episode either, but they DO have some interesting theories. I’ll post the results of the poll I put together asking everyone’s opinion on the “unmasking,”  but the consensus on it is the same character that this article is placing their bets on: Dr. Thredson. Check it out below – more to follow soon.

‘American Horror Story’ Season 2 Spoilers: Who Is Bloody Face? Find Out In Episode 5, ‘I Am Anne Frank — Part 2′ [VIDEO] – International Digital Times.

Speak of the devil…