A Few American Horror Story Asylum News Flashes – Spoiler-Free Round-Up For You!

I got tired of trying to cram the American Horror Story Asylum news into a series of blurted-out tweets, and the Horror Boom Facebook page interface is giving me grief, so how about I try something new? I’ll just give you the news and link back to where ever I got it from. I don’t think it’s cool, copyright-wise, to just present it like it’s right off the AP wire. I don’t know, can I do that? Well, I’ll worry about those issues and focus on getting you the latest news!

Episode Two, airing Wednesday, 10/24 at 10PM on FX is called Tricks and Treats. I recall seeing it titled “Tricks and Treats Part One” with the Halloween episode airing (when else) 10/31 titled “Tricks and Treats Part Two.” That bummed me out a little for some reason, maybe because I remember the Halloween two-parter episode last year. Ryan Murphy said he kind of wanted to make it an annual tradition, and said he originally pushed for the episodes to be aired on two consecutive nights, with Part Two airing on Halloween. Didn’t work out as planned, but boy, did those episodes hook me on the show. I was already impressed and fascinated, but at some point (maybe during the “Dead Breakfast Club” scenes, definitely when the characters started crashing into one another, and absolutely on the sad walk back the “murder house” by all the trapped souls who knew they’d only get to travel and maybe get some human contact or closure another few minutes, then it would be another long year.  I fell madly in love with the show.

No guest stars listed on [S02 E03], but there’s no way that “daring escape” is going to end well for anyone. Except maybe some hungry “Raspers” in the woods who will be happy to get a hot meal this once. Plus, I predict whatever Sister Jude is hiding from is going to come back in a BIG way.

OK, so here’s the episode description released for Tricks and Treats (S02, E03) released by FX:

An exorcist is called to Briarcliff to help save a troubled farm boy; Sister Jude’s darkest secret is revealed.

OoooOOOOOO! That’s a fast reveal, but I’m sure not complaining. I know this season will have quite a few more. So far I don’t know who plays the “troubled farm boy” in need of an exorcism (or seemingly in need of one), but with all the name-dropping of actors from Season One stopping by, it could be great. I guess the “boy” part leaves out Dylan McDermott, Ian McShane and Mark “Tio” Margolis. But who will the exorcist? Whether it’s a familiar face or not, I’m fucking amped up to watch.

S02, E03 Episode 3 (airing on Halloween) is now titled Nor’easter. The episode description is…

A violent storm allows a group of patients to plan a daring escape; Sister Jude is haunted by her past.

No guest stars listed on that one, but there’s no way that “daring escape” is going to end well for anyone. Except maybe some hungry “Raspers” in the woods who will be happy to get a hot meal this once. Plus, whatever Sister Jude is hiding from is going to come back in a BIG way. My guess is she did something considered (maybe just by her, maybe just by the time period) “sinful” – hustle for drinks in bars? Have been a burlesque dancer (doubt it)? Being a high-end call girl… or a low-end one, financing her drug habit? I doubt it’ll be anything we expect, but I’m pretty sure it will involve sex and alcohol, given what we’ve seen of her so far.

In other AHSA news, the Zap2it Blog has these tidbits to offer. Click here to read goodies from a Twitter-hosted Fan Q&A with Ryan Murphy teasing Franka Potente’s role, aliens, and future appearances by the trashy (and unfortunate) couple played by Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Adam Levine in the modern-day framing story …and the possible return of Taissa Farmiga!

There’s no more episode descriptions, but some titles for future episodes:

S02, E04 is titled “I am Anne Frank, Part One” and S02, E05 “I am Anne Frank, Part Two.” I have NO goddamned guesses for what those involve. S02 E07 is titled, very ominously,  “Dark Cousin”.

Lastly, I heard a rumor that makes me nervous– that this 13-episode season will be split in half, with a break of over a month around the holidays. Now THAT’S some scary shit!

Be sure to check out the Dread Central “Related Articles” listed below – they’re still my personal favorite site for up-to-the-minute news, especially exclusives. I can’t wait till I finally scrape up the money for an Android phone and can hook up with the Dread Central App.

 

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Ten Reasons We’re So Psyched for American Horror Story: Asylum to Premiere October 17th!

Well, it’s about a week or so until the big night arrives the season premiere of American Horror Story: Asylum on Wednesday, October 17th. Now that’s gonna be a looooooong week for us AHS fans! Here’s ten reasons why.

REALLY looking forward to the things in the woods that Sister Jude went to feed in that very early promo. and there is no way that’s not raw meat in the buckets. Plus, is that part of a human arm I see on the ground?  I heard a rumor the creatures are the result of hideous medical experiments gone horrible wrong…

1. This season takes place in 1964. How about a S4 Mad Men crossover? Just have Don Draper or Joan Harris, circa 1964, stroll into frame for a few seconds? Of course that’s not going to happen, but the period mid-60s detail style will be incredible.

2. The return of half the actors from American Horror Story S1, including Jessica Lange as Sister Jude, Sarah Paulson as Lana (a lesbian reporter), Evan Peters as Kit,  Zachary Quinto  as Dr. Thredson, Lily Rabe as Sister Eunice, and Frances Conroy (though they haven’t specified as yet what part she’ll play, I was psyched to see her name).

3. Sister Jude’s dark, perverted back-story —or “troubled past” as I’ve heard it referred to in the press materials.  Speaking of that, you know else had a “troubled past” on American Horror Story last year? Dr. and Mrs. Charles and Nora Montgomery, for one! During the early episodes, it was referred to as a “troubled past”, but boy, what an understament. Their back-story that shocked the hell out of me (and created “the Infantata”,  and made me giddy it was so over-the-top and cool old-school horror. Oh and hey, know who else had a troubled past? Tate Langdon! Surprise surprise, that didn’t go so fucking well for anyone unlucky enough to be involved or get in his way.

4.  A really horrifying serial killer housed in the Asylum known as “Bloody Face”, who Ryan Murphy tweeted about saying he’s ‘this year’s Rubber Man’. I’ve seen photos of Bloody Face in the makeup chair and I’m about twenty times more scared of him than Rubber Man.

Suddenly, Rubber Man doesn’t look so scary…

5. Hopefully finding out what the ‘Easter Egg’ Ryan Murphy described in the S1 episode “Birth” is, and what it has to do with this season. He will not tell ANYONE. Or he could have just been fucking with us. Murphy has also (allegedly)  indicated that, some lingering questions from season 1 may get answered in season 2. Like oh, I don’t know… the ANTICHRIST?   “Now what am I going to do with you? “ Constance asks the unholy toddler lovingly after she came home and discovered he had cut open his nanny’s throat and apparently has had himself a little snack. Maybe that’s why he looked so happy…

6.  Lots of practical effects! Again, I’ve seen photos… the below photo was in also in  Entertainment Weekly when they did a cover story on AHS:Asylum at the end of August …

 

7. The things in the woods that Sister Jude went to feed in that very early promo. I linked to the Entertainment Weekly directly just now because it has a photo with a little more detail, and there is no way that’s not raw meat in the buckets. Plus, is that part of a human arm I see on the ground?  I heard a rumor the creatures are the result of hideous medical experiments gone horrible wrong (at least I HOPE it wasn’t intentional) by…

8. James Cromwell’s character, Dr. Arden. I am now quoting directly from EW.com:  the not-so-good doctor is behind one of the season’s newest frights: the Raspers. The mutated humans lurk in the forest outside of the institution and are a product of Arden’s diabolical experiments on Briarcliff’s inmates  (end quote)  Raspers.  Just that name for them is ghastly!  Raspers (and how they got that way ) show some serious  promise!

9. Some of the talent they’re bringing in as guest stars. Let’s see, among others we got Clea Duvall as the lesbian partner of the reporter played by returning cast member Franke Potente  (Run Lola Run, The Shield, two Bourne movies) Eric Stonestreet (he played a patient terrified of an urban legend about “The Pig Man,” in the season 1 episode “Piggy Piggy” and only lived through the last act of that episode), Chloë Sevigny as Shelley (an inmate committed for her nymphomania–though the 1964 definition/diagnosis was quite different back then), who I miss watching riding the crazy train on Big Love ), and Uncle Ring-a-Ding AKA Hector “Tio” Salamancas himself from Breaking Bad, Scarface, and Oz. Sorry, though, as a diehard Breaking Bad fan, he’ll always be Uncle Ring-a-Ding to me! And I sure wish they’d brought back Denis O’Hare, but when there’s not a schedule conflict, I bet he’ll show up in another role at some point. This just in: Ian McShane, who, as a hardcore Deadwood Fan, I’ll probably always remember as Al Swearagen, is signed for a guest spot. Welcome to the fuckin’ Deadwood Asylum!

10. (SEMI-SPOILER ALERT- highlight to read, though this bit of info was from the EW cover story on AHS, so maybe many people know. I’m just going to err on the side of caution, though). A giant spider-like alien (as also described in that Entertainment Weekly cover story). How cool would it be if they used a mix of  practical and CG effects on that? Or just practical? SOTA could probably come up with it. Maybe we’ll be extra lucky and  (as shown in Mega-Spider, which SOTA effects did some pretty cool spec work for) it’ll have a defense mechanism where it could spray someone with an acidic substance that burns into and melts away human flesh! I was concerned that nun all in white except for her black eyes* (they used her image on the first teaser promo poster, and it’s hard to miss her in those creepy teasers) was the alien. Actually even if she is the alien, or related to that story thread, I still have total faith in Ryan Murphy to make it work. He said in the EW article that spiders scare the hell out of him, which is why he chose the creature design.

* “Black eyes, lifeless eyes, like a doll’s eyes”… (Quint from Jaws  )