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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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.

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.

American Horror Story Asylum’s Sarah Paulson Says Life Will Get Even More Terrifying and Nightmarish For Lana Winters!!

…according to Sarah Paulson, who plays lesbian reporter turned Briarcliff patient Lana Winters, “It’s so only just begun. What happens in the first few episodes is like eating a bowl of ice cream compared to what happens to her.”

Source: The Huffington Post Online  ©Jaimie Etkin, 2012.

Here are some juicy tidbits from an interview with Sarah Paulson (who plays Lana Winters) dated 11/07/2012 (in other words, the night episode 4, “I Am Anne Frank” aired).  Here she discusses Evan Peter’s junk, whether episodes are hard on her health, how much worse and blood-curdling it gets for hapless Lana, and that as of this writing, they’ve just wrapped Episode 8, ready to shoot #9 or 13. POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT BEGINS (highlight to read): In a recent interview with Chloe Sevigny, she stated she has wrapped for the season and hasn’t read any of the scripts past episode six. So, it may very well be that our poor Shelley will only survive till the end of episode 6. I wish she’d stick around longer …mainly because I would love to see her give some payback to Dr. Evil Nazi Prick – and up close and personal. I do know that another character who is on their way to becoming a fan favorite will get revenge for her this season, though!

(END SPOILER)

American Horror Story Asylum Sarah Paulson
“…given what I know happens and what we’ve shot, it’s so only just begun and it’s so horrifying that what happens in the first few episodes is like eating a bowl of ice cream compared to what happens to her.”

If you’ve been watching “American Horror Story: Asylum,” chances are … you’ve been scared shitless. But, according to Sarah Paulson, who plays lesbian reporter turned Briarcliff patient Lana Winters, “It’s so only just begun. What happens in the first few episodes is like eating a bowl of ice cream compared to what happens to her.”

On the series’ fourth episode (Wed., Nov. 7 at 10 p.m. ET on FX), things take a turn for Lana, Paulson told HuffPost TV. Even Chloë Sevigny, who played Shelley on “Asylum”, told us, “What happens to Sarah Paulson’s character [later on] is what’s scariest to me.”

Below, Paulson, who also recurred on Season 1 of “American Horror Story,” explains why “Asylum” is far more terrifying than its predecessor, upcoming guest stars, how the show can make an impact in terms of gay rights (even though it’s set 50 years in the past) and what it’s like being flashed by Evan Peters, which made her and Jessica Lange burst into laughter. Seriously.

Will Lana find out about Wendy’s murder?
[Laughs.] I can’t answer that yet because that doesn’t happen until much later … in Episode 5.

I was kind of looking forward to Lana being out in the non-Briarcliff world for a while. Were you surprised she was committed so early on in the season?
Well, I feel like in true Ryan Murphy form, it’s going to be an assault, not a slow burn. The show to me — even the style in which it’s edited — is very in your face. I feel to draw it out would have been antithetical to the way he does things. I think now that she’s in there, what happens to her is so insane and so extreme that if we waited a few episodes to get her in there, all this stuff wouldn’t have happened. I can understand why a viewer would think, “Wow. That was quick!” But at the same time, I sort of feel like, given what’s coming for Lana and what happens — we’re about to shoot Episode 9 — given what I know happens and what we’ve shot, it’s so only just begun and it’s so horrifying that what happens in the first few episodes is like eating a bowl of ice cream compared to what happens to her.

Q: I‘m officially terrified now.
A:  Yeah. You should be. [Laughs.] It’s just really terrifying, I have to say.

Does Lana’s lack of friendships affect her mental state in the asylum?
…Lana Winters is a fighter so she’s not going to go down without a fight, that’s for sure. Boy, I wish I could tell you everything. [Laughs.]

“American Horror Story” alumni Frances Conroy and Dylan McDermott are all also coming back to guest star this season. Have you done scenes with either of them yet?
Um, I don’t know if I’m allowed to answer that question. Dylan, no and I’m going to plead to fifth on the other one.

There was an interview with Evan Peters on Vulture and he said he flashed you and Jessica on the first day of shooting “Asylum.”
… Yeah, but listen, there are worse things to look at than Evan Peters from behind, I gotta say. I mean, Jessica and I blew a couple takes, we were laughing so hard because we just looked at each other and thought, “What the hell are we doing?!” We’re looking at these bare asses of these people and I’m handing her canes from the closet. [Laughs.] At one point, we were completely off camera — the camera was just pointing at Lizzie and Evan and we just literally could not get through the scene we were laughing so hard.

Well, now I’m scared to watch.
You should be. We can talk again after Episode 8 or 9 and you’ll be like, “Um. OK. Now I understand. OH MY GOD!”

Jaimie Etkin
©Jaimie Etkin, 2012.

jaimie.etkin@huffingtonpost.com

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.

Ten Things We Learned From American Horror Story Asylum, Episode 4 – “I Am Anne Frank, Part One”

Kit: You’re confusing me. You’re saying that if I’m crazy  I wouldn’t believe Dr. Thredson, but if I’m sane,  my crazy stories would be true?
[pause] 
Grace: I have no idea what you just said.

Well, that got ugly. Last night (unless you count Demon Sister Mary Eunice’s all-too-brief appearance as she happily picked out a cane with what looked like spikes on it for beating Kit and Grace), all the horror –and there were heaping helpings– had all-too-human causes. Nothing supernatural happened, but almost every character was in their own personal hell, caused by a fellow human being/s. There was also a strong theme of identity, sense of self, and which self you present to the world. Some characters present a wildly exaggerated version of the truth, some are willing to try to erase their identity in a ‘the ends justify the means‘ type of motive, some are more honest than we’ve ever seen them, and some show they not only have a dark side, but that dark side is enough to make them a monster. We see patient’s flashbacks that could be truth, or a lie. We see Dr. Thredson rather coldly explain to Kit why and how he killed his wife, and it’s shown in flashback format (for the record, I don’t buy it. As I recall, they were talking about telling everyone they were married, he wanted to share their love to the world, she wanted to wait).  Lana had a little fantasy (that I notice didn’t include Wendy–if so, I missed it) about finally being recognized as a serious reporter that was the final push for her to ask Dr. Thredson how soon she could begin treatment. Things didn’t go as Lana planned. Secrets, stories, and lies. We got introduced to this really quickly by Kit and Grace’s conversation in the kitchen at the beginning of the first act:

Grace: …it doesn’t matter what I believe.
Kit: It does. Especially in this place. Your story is who you are.
Grace. I wish I could forget my story.
Kit: No, you have to say it out loud all the time just to keep it straight in your head. Tell me. Tell me your story, I won’t judge you.

Which leads us to…

1. We learn that Grace’s father and step-mother were murdered with an axe (in a disturbing, gruesome scene that I loved) but that Grace’s stepsister, Patsy,  accused her of the murders and that ‘no matter how many times I told my story, no-one would believe me.’. We later find out (Sister Mary Eunice is more than happy to plop Grace’s file in front of Kit to show him ‘she’s not as innocent as she claims to be’ when they have a minute alone in Sister Jude’s office) this is a pack of lies (though I doubt anyone started to dislike Grace as a character when we heard the truth –especially coming from Grace as told to Kit ) and that Grace’s father sexually abused her-and she was ‘so young’ when it started. When she finally got up the courage to tell her step-mother, she didn’t believe her (or more likely, didn’t want to believe her) and gave her candy to keep her quiet. Finally Grace had all she could take, snapped, and killed both of them with an axe. While wearing fuzzy bunny slippers.  What seemingly pushed her over the edge, she says, was that her father had sold all her horses… and she never lied about how much she loved to ride. Grace’s sister walked in and caught her red-handed (rather literally in this case) hacking up her father, and so Grace was arrested and sent to Briarcliff. We don’t find out whether it was true that (as in Grace’s first version of the truth) her father and her step-sister Patsy (I assume she was a stepsister, and not his biological daughter) were secretly lovers who wanted the farmhouse for themselves. We also learn that Grace loved riding horses and misses the feeling of pure freedom and flight that it gave her more than anything else.

2. We discover that the high-end out call escort back in the episode Treats and Tricks was so terrified by her Halloween date with Dr. Nazi that she actually went to the police. I realize she was a more professional ‘lady of the evening’, who didn’t drink, but can you imagine actually going to the cops and saying that she was turning a trick, found some horrifying photos while rifling through his things, and (we don’t see this during the original scene, but I bought it) found some Nazi memorabilia. Looked like a medal of achievement he’d wear proudly), got so scared she ended up biting him and kneeing him in his groin to incapacitate him long enough to just get the fuck out of there? I’m surprised that (in 1964) they didn’t blow her off, threaten to arrest her if she made false accusations again, call her a whore and boot her out. My theory is she was friendly with someone in the department, which is why they took her seriously and even investigated. One of the cops also asks Sister Jude if Kit looks like someone who could skin a woman with “surgical precision”.

…they found her two days later. Her skin had been removed. So had her head.    -Dr. Thredson

 

3. Sister Jude is onto Dr. Arden. I especially liked the way she heard he was being questioned by detectives and then pretended to ‘accidentally’ walk in on their meeting.  Hmm, when I say Dr. Arden, should I perhaps say…

4.  Herr Doktor Hans Gruper, of the Nazi SS. Anne Frank (whose story is feasible, and if I know this show, I bet we’ll never find out anything more regarding whether or not it was true– if she’s lying, I don’t think she knows it). I believed the whole story, especially when Anne Frank/Kassie described him flipping a coin back in Auschwitz because he couldn’t save every girl, seeing the flashback, then seeing that same coin as described was one of the two Nazi souvenirs that poor prostitute found in the stash Dr. Arden had hidden in his bedroom. Not to mention, his interest in identical twins…

5.  We found Dr. Thredson’s fixation on ‘helping’ Kit is not as benevolent as we first thought. Remember when he seemed like the ONE person employed by Briarcliff, or in any position of authority there, who was sane? He objected to the exorcism as ‘outdated’, as well as the ECT done on Lana to ‘cure’ her homosexuality. We now have the seed planted in our minds that Dr. Thredson could be using his knowledge just to fuck with Kit, and maybe brainwash him into thinking he really did kill his wife. He fed him a story. Very firmly. If he can get the authorities to believe Kit did it but isn’t sane enough to stand trial, he’ll be “allowed to live out the rest of his days” at Briarcliff (oh goodie–I guess it’s still an improvement on the electric chair, though). By the end of the episode, he’s a weeping mess; telling Sister Jude that he doesn’t know any more, he must have done it, he doesn’t remember, but nothing else makes sense. Dr. Thredson seems to have accomplished his mission. Speaking of Dr. Thredson…

Could this be Bloody Face?

6. Dr.. Thredson also seemed like he cared a little about Lana and even hinted he might have had to go through aversion therapy himself at some point. He seems fixated, especially during this episode, about ‘helping’ Lana and Kit, even if he has to bend (Hell, even break) some rules to do it. We ask ourselves, what’s the common thread (no pun intended) between Lana and Kit? Bloody Face. I don’t know about Kit, but for Lana, we can’t see a happy ending, even if her only ‘crime’ was sneaking around Briarcliff so she could write an exposé and stop having to write about domestic issues and bake-offs due to being female. Dr. Thredson getting her out of Briarcliff, one way or another? “I’m leaving here on Friday and I’m taking you with me. I don’t know how yet, but… I will not leave you in this place, Lana. That’s a promise.” It’s too good to be true… especially on American Horror Story. Speaking of things not ending well…

Kit Walker. Does he seem like the kinda guy with the surgical precision to remove a woman’s skin …and her head?
-Detective questioning Sister Jude

 

7. While watching Lana’s revolting ‘aversion therapy’, I actually wondered who I felt more sorry for– Lana or Shelley. The sexy photo of Wendy that Dr. T suddenly revealed in the slides seemed an especially low blow …and he just took it from their house after he went to allegedly check in on Wendy and give her the note. Uh… there’s something way the fuck wrong with this picture. His description/flashback to her of the incident during movie night sounded kind of shady. He just broke in–Lana didn’t give him a key–saw some blood on the floor, then thought hey, while he was there he should grab that erotic photo of Wendy, then went to the cops, who told him the case was closed? I call bullshit on that. During the cold open, Shelly could still form coherent sentences, but at the end of the episode, she was barely recognizable; covered in boils, legs gone, one of her eyes larger than the other, only able to beg “Anne” to kill her. A mid-episode scene w/Dr. A on the phone showed her strapped to the table, unable to do anything but gasp and wheeze for air. My theory is he’s been giving her injections of diseases (like TB and syphilis) and if she lives through all of them, Shelley will “probably live forever,” per Dr. Nazi. For some reason, during this episode especially, I kept thinking of this certain HORRIBLE urban legend (fortunately, I only heard it as an adult, though it still  messed me up) when it came to Shelley’s fate.  When I think of Shelley now, I daydream about a scenario on the season finale where someone (hopefully all the female cast members he treated like dogs who have survived the season) cuts off Dr. Arden’s hands and feet and tosses him to the Raspers …and who is that crawling out of the fog and trees towards him? Now that we see her more closely could that be …Shelley, horribly mutated and deformed at the evil shithead’s hands, who happens to be very hungry?  Why, yes, that is her, and since she’s so messed up, it’s going to take her hours to chew his face off!  Now THAT would be a great pay-off. Well, I can dream, can’t I?

Anne: I know who you are!
Dr. Arden: You don’t even know who you  are!

 

8. Monsignor Timothy turned out to be a rotten prick. He’s in on Dr. Arden/Gruber’s evil Nazi past, but maybe he’s being blackmailed. Still, he was so shitty to Sister Jude when she finally went out on a limb to discuss it with him. He knows her weaknesses, and how to hurt her. “This isn’t about me. I am trying to protect you, this institution, our dream!”  Sister Jude entreats him. “Maybe this job is too much for you,” he sneers cruelly to her. “This job means everything to me,” she tells him,” we believe her, and he knows it. Then he has the nerve to bring up Movie Night, and gets downright shitty, telling her she was, “a drunken fool, almost slobbering.” Tough Sister Jude wiped away tears. Hey, you don’t say that to a woman, Father Jerkoff, even if she is a Nun; she wants to keep her dignity. After telling her to “pray on it” (grrrr) he immediately returned to his office, got on the phone w/Dr. Nazi, tersely telling him, “They’re onto you, Arthur. If you have any housekeeping to take care of, I suggest you do it now.” Monsignor Timothy replaces the phone headset back on the receiver, and takes a long drag off his cigarette. So they’re on first name terms?

“You killed the thing you loved most” – Dr. Thredson, to a weeping Kit

9. Sister Jude does have a heart. Oh, she’s scary as hell, ordered Grace and Kit to be ‘sterilized’ when she accuses them of ‘trying to make a murder baby! ‘and insanely strict, but I think she did feel some motherly concern for “Anne Frank” after seeing the concentration camp numbers tattooed on her inner arm. She has a talk with the Mother Superior, who is surprisingly cool and supportive of her. Later, when Kit says he wants to confess to her (not about banging Grace in the kitchen, as she first assumes) “about his crimes”. He asks her even if did something bad but couldn’t remember doing it, “he knows, right?” Sister Jude flashes back to the hit-and-run (which she still can’t forget, so far I think she was hammered, but not in a total blackout) and softly answers him, “God sees all.”  She also is visibly moved when he tells her,  stammering, “I need to be forgiven,” and she responds with surprisingly genuine compassion. “God forgives all.” She even puts her hand on his shoulder to comfort him, but the scene abruptly cuts away to the physical confrontation between Dr. Nazi and “Anne”. Was I the only one yelling, “Shoot him! JUST SHOOT HIM!” at the screen? I think not. I cheered when she called him a ‘Nazi piece of shit!’ and shot him in the knee. I hope it hurt like hell.

But there are eyes everywhere. The eyes of madness and disease. These people here are resigned to die here. We were never resigned. We always held on to a shred of hope. —“Anne Frank” in a letter to “Kitty”

 

10. Finally, no-one seems especially concerned about the complete and total disappearance of Shelley, Pepper the Pinhead, or “The Mexican.” In fact, it only came up in a flashback when Dr. Thredson was telling Lana that he saw her, Kit, and Grace leave and then return together, all three soaking wet from the rain and shaking with fear.

Stray Thoughts:

  • I had a bad feeling when Dr. Thredson brought up Skinner’s ‘behavior modification’ rather than ECT treatments to treat homosexuality, since we know that’s horrible bullshit too and definitely know in 2012 that being gay is not a choice, not something that can be cured, and certainly that aversion therapy continues to this day and the data shows that if anything, it does more harm than good. On the bright side, gay marriage has now become legal in my state as of election night, so society has finally made progress, at least in more liberal areas of the US. Looking forward to going to lots of weddings! I know it won’t undo all the damage done in the past, but it’s a good start.
  • From the previews, it looks like someone’s getting a lobotomy (icepick-style, through the corner of the eye, AAAAGH) on “I Am Anne Frank, Part Two.”  There was a shot (see featured image) of Kit being dragged down a hall by guards, but I think it’s a fake out and that the eye they showed looked (sadly) like Grace’s. Could Sister Mary Eunice be behind this, while Sister Jude is pre-occupied with investigating Dr. Nazi.

  • Is it just me, or is it somehow much more revolting when sexual terms are described with their clinical names? The four-letter words might be filthy, but they sound much less creepy. Bleh.  It seemed like Dr. Thredson was trying to use euphemisms, but no wonder his comment, “We’re all rooting for you,” finally made her grab the bucket and really puke harder than even the chemicals had.
  • Wondering how they got the flashback version of Dr. Gruper/Arden to look exactly like he would decades ago?  The actor was James Cromwell’s son! You can read more about it here in this Huffington Post article.
  • Which reminds me–I’ve heard and seen that “Miller 64” commercial (the one that consists of the manly men singing what sounds like an Irish sea shanty) 300 too many times, to the point where I’M  going to need a bucket like Lana’s if I have to sit through it again. They play it on Sons of Anarchy every commercial break, too. UGH! Where’s the bucket?
  • Dr. Thredson is looking very good for either Bloody Face, or being involved. I hear Lana’s “re-union” with Wendy will be the stuff of nightmares.
Anne Frank Chestnut Tree. Edited for brightnes...

Anne Frank Chestnut Tree.. Derived from Image (Photo credit: Wikipedia).

American Horror Story Asylum – Who Is Bloody Face? Horror Boom Wants Your Opinion – Quick Poll

So after “I Am Anne Frank, Part One” I know you’ve got theories and opinions on who Bloody Face is.  Most people are pretty sure it’s a man, which I currently agree with. If Bloody Face was a woman, it’d have to be two people, like Sister Jude riding piggyback on Sister Mary Eunice’s shoulders*  then draping an elaborately made costume over them.  Not to mention, they’d have to wear special gloves that gave them man-hands.  Since last night shoved Dr. Thredson and Monsignor Timothy into the running, there’s quite a few more  feasible candidates now. The poll I made below lets you vote for two different people (if you can call Dr. Nazi a person), and according to Ryan Murphy, Bloody Face will be unmasked NEXT WEEK (with his/her/its “origin revealed” in the following episode, appropriately titled “The Origins of Monstrosity”). It’ll let you write in the answer, too. If you follow this blog regularly and want to put your own theory in the comment section (hit Reply) AND you’re right, I’ll send you a $5 Amazon Gift Card (all you need to give is your email address, Amazon takes care of the rest). So guess away! My regular “Ten Things We Learned…” piece/recap following every episode will be up later tonight.

*Hey, get your mind out of the gutter! It’s getting way too crowded down here!

American Horror Story Asylum – News and SPOILER Round-Up For Upcoming Episodes (Part 2 of 2) – Plus Pinhead Pepper Plots REVENGE!

Above/featured image: Could this be from Grace’s insane crime flashback? Or just a crime flashback? Is that Pepper the Pinhead in there? I’m curious why Pepper feels protective (or even friendly) towards Shelley, by the way. Perhaps Pepper was an average, attractive woman at one point (kind of like the pretty Naomi Grossman who plays her–damn, she REALLY cleans up well;  I’m a babe, but it takes me at least two hours of prep time for me to look that pretty), but I have no idea how you would surgically make someone’s head half its normal size and pointy? I’m still trying to figure out how they made the actress look so ugly –other than prosthetic appliances for her face, and some really bad fake teeth. Perhaps Shelley was just kind towards Pepper once. Does it look like Pepper has a lot of friends?

OK, where was I when Part One of this piece left off? Oh yeah  —lots  more spoiler ground to cover.

Alright, so if you saw those last few tweet replies from Ryan Murphy, we now know:

The things in the woods/Raspers are “mutants” who are not necessarily cannibals (just really hungry).  I guess we’ll find out if Shelley’s legs end up as their next meal.  Well technically, I suppose that wouldn’t prove anything. We don’t see a lot of wildlife–or any at all– in the area …so I don’t think they HAVE to have human flesh. It just makes things all that more fun… did I just write that? I didn’t mean it to sound so twisted. Oh well.

So, soon we’ll find out why Grace ended up in Briarcliff. I caught some very fast shots like the one above, but I wasn’t fast enough to get a screen cap of a shot showing someone’s lower body, dressed in either a fuzzy robe/pajamas or both, wearing fluffy bunny slippers, and dragging an axe beside them along the floor. Whatever explanation turns out to fit that clip, I bet it’s going to be awesome!

Here’s another spoiler tidbit that I found on TVLine‘s Ask Ausiello:

Question: Anything on American Horror Story: Asylum? I’m officially obsessed! —Anna

Ausiello: Wednesday’s episode boasts one of the young season’s most unsettling non-horror scenes — one of the doctors aims to “cure” Lana of her lesbianism through a graphic session of aversion therapy. Also: A new character by the name of Anne Frank (yes, the one with the diary), played by Franka Potente, has some provocative intel on one of Briarcliff’s denizens that explains so, so, so much.

At this point, I feel it’s a toss-up who’s going to get the more horrible , wretched fate: Lana Winters or Shelley. We also got that fan tweet answer from Ryan Murphy that sounds like Episode Five is going to be the shiznit! Lana’s re-union with, or at least finding out/getting closure on her lover. Possibly Pepper’s Revenge, possibly the end for poor Shelley. Chloë Sevigny said in an interview that Lana ends up outside Briarcliff, but in a terrible place. Do I see a reunion in woods? Or will it be something even more brutal (though I have trouble trying to figure out what that might possibly be)?

OK, here’s one really interesting item, pretty much open to interpretation. Recently EW.com was asked for some spoilers on upcoming episodes (which I think will only occur before Episode 5 is over, but it could be Ep. 6). Here’s how it went down (source: EW.com)

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM: LET’S PLAY A GAME (I’m in!)…

Luckily, there’s a little less gross-out in the next two episodes and a lot of developments. (Mind you, there are still some gross-out moments.) For a taste of what’s to come: Who’s up for a game?

  • This week, [character A] will [spoiler A] with [character B] in the kitchen.
  • 
Did we know that [character C] knows about [character D’]s evil deeds? I don’t think we did…
  • Two patients will be outside Briarcliff’s walls sooner than we think. But there’s a twist…
  • As EW told you first, this week, you’ll be introduced to a character named Anne Frank (Franka Potente).  Along with making crazy accusations about [character E], she’ll have [character F] questioning [his or her] sanity.
  • [Character G] is going to try to [spoiler B] [character H]!! [Her or she] might succeed…

Franka Potente starts her guest run in Episode 4, “I Am Anne Frank, Part 1.”

So, here’s my speculations for this game… filling in the blanks. I’m actually glad that was all the info they got out. I have some good guesses, but also a couple stupid ones, so thanks for bearing with me.

Character A – Grace,  Spoiler A- Have sex with Kit in the kitchen
Character  C – my guess is Monseigneur, Character D- is Dr. Arden.

As for who ends up outside Briarcliff sooner than we think, but there’s a twist…  I’m thinking it’s Lana and Shelley, either as Raspers or victims of the Raspers. What a drag.

Character E is Dr. Arden, Character F is Sister Jude.

Character G, Spoiler B, Character H- This one gets hard. “Spoiler B” is either have sex with, kill, or lobotomize*. That leaves a BIG amount of choices. Uh, Dr. Arden is going to try to lobotomize Dr, Thredson? I give up.

Episiode 4, “I Am Anne Frank” has already started on the East Coast, so I’ll Rasp this up. I have PLENTY more coming soon!

*Reminds of a what would be a really fucked-up new version of the game “Bang, Marry, Kill” where someone gives you three names (all of them horrible, or all of them people you think are really hot, keeps it interesting that way), and asks you to pick which one you want to.. yeah, you get the idea. When we played it in the 80s, our version was “Marry, Have a dirty weekend with, or Push off a cliff”.   Now “Have Sex With, Kill, Lobotomize” …I don’t think I want to play that version!

 

 

American Horror Story Asylum – News and SPOILER Round-Up For Upcoming Episodes (Part 1 of 2) – Plus Pinhead Pepper Plots REVENGE!

Wow, that was a really fun headline to write: Revenge of Pepper the Pinhead! I know who she takes revenge on–and for– too. Read on for more –much more!

Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us, gabba gabba we accept you we accept you ONE of US!

OK, first up: I’ll be posting a much less spoiler-y version of this soon, and you’ll need to highlight certain portions with your mouse to be able to read them (for the less spoiler-y version; you can read this one just fine). The below  post, however, is going to contain spoilers– yet nothing REALLY major, like the identity of Bloody Face, what really is going on with Kit, a character’s death or someone murdering someone else, who gets eaten by Raspers, that kind of thing. I don’t have any idea what the answer to any of those are, though I could give predictions.  I will also be clear when I am speculating on something and when it has been stated. Cool?

How about we start out with the FX preview (in HD) that they showed right after the episode that aired on Halloween…

OK, first, I have some official episode descriptions, air dates, and titles, from IMDB (and a couple other official sites), and it looks like we’re going to have some serious bombshells about character’s back-stories dropped on us in this week’s episode,  I Am Anne Frank: Part 1 and on the November 14th episode, I Am Anne Frank: Part 2. As anyone who saw the preview for this week’s episode knows, Franka Potente (playing a character named Kassie, I predict she’ll be going after Dr. Arden because he tortured/killed a family member or someone she loved) will start her guest-starring arc this week on the November 7th episode. FX hasn’t been especially subtle about her making accusations that Dr. Arden is a war criminal. No one’s said the word Nazi yet, but that’s what all the evidence points to …so far. So far, Potente is only listed as a guest star for the two-parter, but who knows? Here’s the episode description for tomorrow’s show, after the jump!

Official still Released from FX for “I Am Anne Frank, Part One”

A new patient claiming to be Anne Frank exposes Arden’s past. Kit learns why Grace was admitted to Briarcliff. (OoooOOOO!)

S2, Ep5/ Air Date: Nov. 14, 2012: I Am Anne Frank: Part 2

Sister Jude employs a renowned Nazi Hunter to gather evidence against Arden. Kit makes a surprising confession. Rubber Man Bloody Face is unmasked.
S2, Ep6/ Air Date:Nov. 21, 2012 – The Origins of Monstrosity
A mysterious little girl is abandoned at Briarcliff. The Monsignor makes a Faustian pact with Dr. Arden. The origin of Bloody Face is revealed.
S2, Ep7 / Air Date: Nov. 28, 2012 – Dark Cousin   (I don’t have any episode description, just a title)
I don’t have any more episode titles after “Dark Cousin”, but I do have air dates, and good news! Looks like they will NOT be taking a mid-season break. The season finale (S2, Ep13) will be airing in early January. Hell yeah!
  • S2, Ep8/ Air Date:Dec. 5, 2012
  • S2, Ep9/ Air Date: Dec. 12, 2012
  • S2, Ep10/ Air Date: Dec. 19, 2012
  • S2, Ep11/ Air Date:Dec. 26, 2012
  • S2, Ep12/ Air Date: Jan. 2, 2013
  • S2, Ep13 (Season Finale) Air Date: Jan. 9, 2013
OK, so we’ll know who (and why) Bloody Face is after the November 21st episode (or so they say). Well, last season they were pretty straightforward about the Rubber Man reveal happening (on the episode they said it would). Somehow I don’t think there’ll be a simple explanation, though. I also don’t think Shelley is going to make it past Episode 7 (tops), sadly, if she makes it that long. Chloë Sevigny gave several interviews after “Nor’Easter” aired, and had some interesting things to say about the character (and about filming her scenes). You can read one of the best ones here on Television Without Pity. However, she spills the most info in this interview on Shock Till You Drop.com, which you can read by using this link.  However, here are some of the most juiciest highlights of that interview (Source: Shocktillyoudrop.com):

Question:  I know you’ve talked about working with all these great female actresses in some of the reviews, but I haven’t you talk about what it’s like to work with James Cromwell who is…I don’t know what he’s doing to you, but it’s really scary.  

Sevigny:  Oh, it gets much scarier.  He was good.  I mean I was a huge fan of his.  I actually saw him in a café right before we started shooting and I went up to him introduced myself and he just like, “I’m so looking forward to chopping off your legs.”  Yes, he was great.  I mean you know he was really into rehearsing the scenes before and really exploring it to its fullest, so that was kind of nice.  Sometimes people just go in and just hit their marks and he really wanted to work everything out before.  He was really … in that regard.

Question:  I’m curious what the heck is “Shelley’s” attitude going to be now in the wake of losing both of her legs at the operating table there.  What’s your disposition going to be; she’s going to be pretty pissed off I’d have to imagine.

Sevigny:  I think she’s pretty pissed off.  I think she feels pretty helpless and I think in the beginning you kind of like not so much rooting for her.  You think she’s this bad girl and then see her helping Evan’s character and … character trying to escape and you realize that she’s pretty selfless in that regard.  I think after she gets in the clutches of the evil doctor, I think you’re then kind of more rooting for her and hoping that she can escape or find a way out.  So I think the character goes through a lot.  The audience goes through a lot with the character.

No way this can end well for Kit… or Grace, probably.

Question:  Is that kind of what’s next ahead for her, trying to find a way out of this predicament, given the new disadvantage she has?

Sevigny:  Oh, yes, and her disadvantage has only increased.  She becomes more and more helpless.  It’s very tragic, actually.

If it’s getting worse– which is not a huge shocker– I’m still sticking with my theory that she’s going to end up a Rasper at the evil, shitty hands or Dr. Arden.  If Dr. Arden does  get busted for his crimes, I think it’ll be too late for Shelley …and I agree, that is very tragic. I think we now know the meaning behind the below teaser, which I don’t recall seeing aired, just released on the FX site and FX social media. Gee, I wonder why they had trouble getting it aired? I cannot watch this without wincing – especially with the foley art.
Guess whose legs are coming to dinner?

The news and spoilers don’t stop there, though! Next, Ryan Murphy did a Q&A on Twitter, and while he was coy about some things,  he dropped some JUICY tidbits… and guess what? I have screencaps to present most of his answers! One of them involves the aforementioned Pepper’s revenge, who, and why! We want to know NOW!
Yeah, yeah, Yeah… let’s get to the really fun stuff, here…
On that one, I’m ruling out Kit, because (unless they’re getting really sneaky) Evan Peters played what RM called, “the biggest monster, and our official villain” of Season One, Tate Langdon. Tate was responsible for many deaths before and after he was alive, not to mention setting someone on fire, yet I think Constance was a monster too.  Personally, I’d love to have a conversation with someone as into the show as I am about my opinion that Tate and Constance were both evil, but I digress.Two seasons in a row for him to be revealed as a killer is pushing it, and both Ryan Murphy and Evan Peters said in interviews that this season, Kit plays a victim, not a victimizer.
And for a certain high-profile moron who “writes about the show”, OF COURSE they’re not zombies, you cretin! He (that reporter) called them zombies right off the bat and referred to them that way from then on. Really? Seriously? Do all monsters either have to be zombies or vampires? OK, they’re messed-up and scary-looking, they eat meat, and chase people that get too close. That does not  mean they’re zombies, pinhead genius! Instead,  as many of us called it already…
HOAH! There is no way this could have a happy ending. From what Chloë Sevigny let slip in an interview (like one of the ones listed above) she says Lana ends up somewhere worse than the asylum. I have no clue how Wendy is involved– other than her finding out she’s dead, even though don’t have concrete proof of her death, just her being missing. I’m guessing both Shelley–or maybe Shelley and Wendy– end up in the scariest woods in the world outside the asylum …and one of them is a Rasper. I can all but guarantee either Wendy, Lana, or Shelley ends up as Rasper chow.
Now if that’s not enough to drive you nuts blow your mind (no pun intended),  check out a bombshell almost as good as that last one!  There’s a reason I saved it for last…
Holy Shit! Now you’re talking!
OK,  taking a break to celebrate here 😀

More Coming – Part 2 of 2 for News/Spoiler/Speculation Round-up before I hit the sack to sleep like a log!

UPDATE: That did not in fact happen. Oh, the part about sleeping like a log definitely happened, but I fell asleep after writing maybe 70% of Part 2 of 2 –with the laptop still on my lap. I woke up around 4AM, put the laptop away, brushed my teeth, then slept for almost twelve hours. When I got up to finish in time for tonight’s episode, I had technical difficulties that are just now clearing up. I‘m going to try to get as much of it out as I can before 10:00 PM Eastern. Thanks for being patient! Gabba Gabba HEY!