‘American Horror Story’: Creators reveal secrets of ‘Asylum’

…and it’s out now on DVD and Blu-ray, which is why we didn’t have time to do more than a quick post today… got the delivery from Amazon. Great special features – especially the section on ‘creature effects’!


‘American Horror Story: Coven’: Kathy Bates To Star In Season 3, Featuring Witches And Filming In New Orleans

Yes, we realize this is the third piece in a row covering this, but it revealed what the clue Murphy teased in Episode Ten was (which Murphy said would be “given in a medium we haven’t ever done”, leading us to consider styles of shooting and other things way off base, rather than a simple song choice) in the tenth episode, “The Name Game” was:

Many “American Horror Story” fans had speculated that the Salem Witch Trials or New Orleans’ witchcraft and voodoo would be the subject of Season 3 after Murphy told viewers there was a hint about the upcoming season in the “American Horror Story: Asylum” episode, titled “The Name Game.” When a jukebox in the rec room played the 1950s classic “I Put A Spell On You,” many audience members bet (correctly) on bewitching.

-Laura Prodom, Huffington Post Online

We hadn’t even thought of it, possibly because most of the episode had us levitating (not to mention jaw-dropper after jaw-dropper). Yes, the first song played on the new jukebox for Briarcliff Manor’s day room was announced loudly and proudly by Sister Mary Demon to be specially dedicated to Judy Martin. Then the opening to “I Put A Spell On You” began as Dr. Thredson/Bloody Face entered the day room, to the horror of Lana and Kit.

Remember the song that played  in the next episode the jukebox and Jude were featured together in? We do! It was “Love Potion #9″. Murphy had teased there’d be another hint in the episode “Spilt Milk”, and we’re going to go out on a limb here that was it.

Click the big red link below to read the HuffPost piece, which contains more information than was given in the last two articles.

‘American Horror Story: Coven’: Kathy Bates To Star In Season 3, Featuring Witches And Filming In New Orleans.


While you’re at it, check out the video (also within the HuffPost piece) of Jessica Lange on The View containing clips where she talks about what she knows re: Season 3 (before the title “Coven” was revealed, that is).

"The witch no. 1" lithograph

“The witch no. 1” lithograph (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

OK, so, eight months to go! We can’t WAIT and will be sure to get any new info up as soon as we hear about it. Any other fans want to speculate below, go to town!

Meanwhile, enjoy this awesome music video of Screaming Jay Hawkins performing the shit out of “I Put A Spell On You” below.  Not perfect picture quality, but it’s Screamin’ Jay at the top of his game. ONE! TWO! THREE!

Interview: Sarah Paulson On The Twisty Second Season of American Horror Story – Spoilers (From The A.V. Club)

I came  across the interview with Sarah Paulson on evening of the American Horror Story  Asylum finale on The Onion A.V. Club by Todd VanDerWerff (who also impressively reviewed every episode of the season, and I agreed with him the majority of the time). It’s the most in-depth print interview I’ve found with her about Season Two/American Horror Story Asylum, and even though this season is wrapped, I can’t recommend it enough. Click on the big red link below to check it out.


Sarah Paulson on the twisty second season of American Horror Story TV/Interview/The A.V. Club (Todd VanDerWerff).


You know he's the asshole, right?

You know he’s the asshole, right?

Vote! American Horror Story Asylum – What Was Your Favorite Episode(s)? We Want To Know!

If you haven’t seen the entire season, still plan to, and want to go in clean, skip this and wait to vote until after you watch ’em!

Well, the budget here at Horror Boom is oh, let’s say we round it off, and ….we’re gonna go with zero at this point. That means we have to pay an extra $80 if you want to present more than ten options for any kind of poll. So,  we can only list ten episodes, and had to cut out three- which has hard to do, but we went with Episode One- “Welcome To Briarcliffe”, Episode Two – “Tricks and Treats”, and episode 12 – “Continuum”. It’s not that they wer’nt good episodes; we just did some thinking and were pretty sure than they weren’t going to be in the running for best or favorite episode. There was just SO much more going on in the other ten, starting in “Nor’eastr” (Episode 3) – we saw the Raspers, for the first time, Sister Mary Eunice’s possession started to pick up speed, Sister Jude got hammered right before movie night, and we got the first (and only) actual look at the alien other than seeing flashes of long , freaky, insectile arms  legs  appendages later in the season. Plus, Shelley’s true descent into Hell began in the final scene of the episode with the first truly shocking, disturbing reveal of the season …the first of many, MANY more to come.

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After that, American Horror Story Asylum just put the goddamned pedal to the metal and kept it floored, not easing off for a moment.  Meanwhile, we viewers quickly realized were being treated to a pitch dark roller-coaster of a ride where you couldn’t see something coming at you until right before when it was already WAY too late to stop in time. They had carefully planned the route, but didn’t warn us before the really dangerous stuff)–sharp turns and dangerous driving that made our hearts pound and buckle up our seat belts instantly and hastily,  trying not to panic about the fact that a head-on collision could occur at any moment. They then smoothly and wisely began backing down to the speed limit and thinking about the best route to the exit ramp on the penultimate episode, “Continuum”, where story lines took time jumps (in the case of Jude, a real nightmare of one), the finish line was in sight, we got closure on a couple of things, only to wrap up on the season finale (I keep wanting to call it ‘series finale’, since each season is self-contained and considered a novel of its own). All our questions were answered, we got closure (including the end of one character’s life that had Mrs. Horror Boom here so emotional she burst into tears and had to pause the episode for a goof ten minutes before fast-forwarding through the commercial break and onto the next act), and some great slow-burn pay-offs. Didn’t realize this till it got written down here just now, but there wasn’t much, if any, gore. in the finale. So what, though? It WORKED, and that’s all that matters!

As usual, you can vote on up to three (even we  have trouble even narrowing it down to that) of what you personally thought were the best, most memorable episodes of American Horror Story Asylum. Also, there’s room for write-in votes as usual (all anonymous; we don’t even bother to block repeat votes, so there’s no cookies or IP addresses tracked) in case your favorite episode wasn’t included in the top ten. We included a link right here to the IMDB episode guide for the entire season right here,  in case you’re not sure which episode  title which major event happens in.  Here’s the poll- vote away, and we’ll present the winners and runners-up in early February. Now, please exercise your right to vote below!

For the record, we voted for “I am Frank Part 2”, “Origins of Monstrosity”, and “Dark Cousins” tying with the finale, “Madness Ends”,  and there wasn’t a  dull or predictable moment in “The Name Game” either, and.… damn, this is just too hard!
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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)

American Horror Story Asylum Recap: Whatever Happened To Happily Ever After? “Continuum” Episode 12 – EW.com

OK, when my weekly piece on Episode 11, “Spilt Milk” is this late, and the season finale is less than 24 hours away, I’ve accepted the unfortunate fact that I’m going to have to skip “Ten (Depressing) Things We Learned From American Horror Story Episode 12, Continuum,” because it’s that or skip Episode 11, which is pretty much impossible to skip. It may be a couple weeks late, goddamnit, but I ain’t skipping it.

Instead I wanted to find the best possible recap and post THAT, which I’ve done here. Jeff Jensen picked up on things I managed to miss after multiple viewings, so give it a read! Click the link below, and check out the comprehensive EW.com recap for “Continuum” – well worth your time.

American Horror Story Asylum recap: Whatever Happened To Happily Ever After?  Season 2 Episode 12  (EW.com).





New Interview: Dylan McDermott Talks American Horror Story Asylum Finale And Ben Harmon, Upcoming Horror Projects, Favorite Horror Movies, What Scares Him, And Much More! (SPOILERS)

[McDermott] goes as far to admit that portraying the character of Johnny Thredson has begun to “creep him out” in minor, tell-tale ways, left him a tad unnerved and has invaded his own dreams. “It’s funny, because with this particular role you don’t know it when it’s happening, because it’s unconscious,” McDermott offers. “But, yeah, this guy has gotten under my skin a little bit, I have to say.”

We expected something we’d heard before, even though this interview from ©Digital Journal only was published about six hours ago. We get a tiny bit of older information, but a ton of new information (as well as a personal tragedy in McDermott’s past that we were surprised–and very saddened–to learn he’d had to go through). The article focuses on his roles in American Horror Story S1 and S2 (“Look, I really love this show, I mean, if I wasn’t on the series, I’d be watching it”), why he loves working with Ryan Murphy, why Rosemary’s Baby should never be remade, and more.

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Oh, and if you have the hots for him (or even a little crush), there are PLENTY of photos. Again, he sounds like a cool guy – and we wouldn’t mind sitting down with him and talking about our favorite horror movies.


While there has been some talk of a big screen “reinterpretation” of Rosemary’s Baby for several years now, McDermott promises that if a script for a remake of the Polanski classic ever pops up on his desk, he will immediately deposit it where it rightfully belongs – in the trash bin. (Ha-ha! Good for him-HB)

Plus, any actor that knowingly signs up for filming a nude scene while crying and whacking off* at the same time (in broad daylight, as we recall) is pretty goddamned fearless – especially when it’s broadcast on basic cable, rather than a direct-to-DVD limited indie that you’d have to go out of your way to see.

Here’s a link to the entire article for you to sink your teeth into:

Dylan McDermott is back home at ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ (Includes interview and first-hand account).


Also, we tossed in some quotes from the interviews to get you started (the copyright for the interview belongs to digitaljournal.com and was written by © Earl Dittman).

On working with Ryan Murphy to develop Johnny’s character:

McDermott does cop to adding one aspect to Thredson’s persona that wasn’t originally scripted for the character. “You see him smoking some crack… I needed him to have an outlet for feelings, and then when I started smoking crack, they started putting it into scenes. That was an important thing. I wanted him to be high, because a lot of these guys are high, and a lot of people do, obviously, terrible things on drugs. It was important for me to have him to be a drug addict as well.”

photo copyright Dylan McDermott, 2012

photo copyright Dylan McDermott, 2012

*the act of which was referred to as “tear-jerking” on one AHS message board, which we have to admit is a new one on us and actually kind of clever.

American Horror Story Asylum Season Finale – Six Teases (And A GREAT Review) From EW.com!

Holy shit… cannot wait! I also heard you’re going to want to have some Kleenex handy…*

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*Hey, get your mind out of the gutter! It’s already too crowded down here. I said to have Kleenex ready because the episode is supposed to be a tear-jerker. I’m already feeling blue it’s going to be over, I don’t need to be crying my ass off like I did at the last scene of the first-season episode, “Birth,” on top of it all.  I’ll be sad when it’s over, but I also can’t WAIT to see it!

American Horror Story Asylum Fans, Sound Off! Poll: With Only The Finale Left, Who Will You Miss Most?

Though characters have been dropping dead (or killing each other/themselves) since New Year’s, who will you miss the most after the story has ended? Note: not all characters here are heroes and heroines, some are just so evil they could be entertaining. A couple, let’s face it, needed to die. Also, some got killed off before this poll was created. We’d really like to know who you’re going to miss.

I miss her already!

I miss HER already! How about you?

We know it’s hard to trim it down to one character, so vote for up to three. Due to the fact we didn’t have room for more than ten, we couldn’t put separate categories for, say, Sister Jude and Judy Martin, or Sister Mary Eunice and demon-possessed Sister Mary Eunice. We’re pretty sure we covered it all, but there’s room for you to write-in your vote if we missed someone.   If we get a lot of response to this, we have several more fun polls (Scariest Scene? Most Shocking Moment? Nastiest Death? Character most likely to appear in your nightmares? Sexiest Scene?) that were really fun to jot down. Hey, we’re more than happy to have the First Only Annual American Horror Story Asylum Viewer’s Choice Awards and post the winners.  Shit, I’ll post polls myself every day, no shortage there!

Either way, start with our poll here and tell us who you’ll miss seeing every week on American Horror Story Asylum!

Oh, and it’s anonymous. If there’s more than a couple write-in votes, we’ll put a second one up for recurring (recurring=shows up in two or more episodes) characters (Shelley, Bloody Face Jr., Leigh “Psycho Santa” Emerson, Percy the compulsive masturbator guy,  Frank, etc.). Vote away, please!


HOAH! American Horror Story Asylum – Ryan Murphy Teases Next Week’s Finale: ‘There’s Only One Person Left Standing’ — EXCLUSIVE from EW.Com

Uhhh… holy shit! It’s going to take me a while to process everything. Boy, that last person standing better not be “Cardinal” Timothy. I will say that I was pretty sure that they were NOT going to do, well, pretty much anything that I expected… about the only thing I was right about was that they were going for a Jackie Susann look with Lana and her novel, er, memoir.


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