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!

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

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

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

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

 

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

No way THIS is going to end well...

No way THIS is going to end well…

 

New Interview: Lily Rabe Talks American Horror Story Asylum And Sister Mary Eunice To ShockTillYouDrop.com!

We thought this might be the same old stuff rehashed (though we’d still read it) but there’s some great new insights and info her from the talented Lily Rabe on playing Sister Mary Eunice. Here’s a quote or two to whet your appetite…

[when asked about what scenes were difficult emotionally] I think some of the murders… where she was just absolutely completely taken over by the devil and throwing these actors around and slitting their throats and stabbing them ruthlessly and all of that sort of, you know I’ve been the victim a lot, so I’ve often played the person who’s getting raped or murdered or abused.  And so to actually be raping and murdering and abusing people is a whole different kind of challenge … and sometimes I would sort of go home from work and just kind of stare at the wall for a couple of hours.

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[On the final scene of “The Name Game“] James Cromwell and I were always sitting around talking about Shakespeare like big theater dorks and so we felt like we’d gotten a nice, Ryan had given us a sort of beautiful horror story Shakespearian ending.  But I think it seemed sort of completely sort of the perfect end to the very, very, very bizarre and complicated and dark love story of sorts.  I think for him he really had loved her for so long and been so devoted to her; and I can’t speak for Jamie, but I feel like that was just maybe the last straw for him.

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Oh, and if that’s not enough, she talks about the awesome “You Don’t Own Me” scene! Damn, that must have been fun to play. To read the whole interview, click below…

Interview: Lily Rabe Talks American Horror Story: Asylum | Shock Till You Drop.

 

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American Horror Story Asylum: Lily Rabe on Sister Mary Eunice’s Pivotal Episode, “The Name Game” (Especially The Last Two Acts Of The Episode)

I think it was perfect in its own crazy way. It was very true to the show. That was a very intense scene to shoot also. That was harder for me than the wires. I would do that any day over going into an incinerator, let me tell you.  –Lily Rabe

Thanks for being patient with the “Ten (insert adjective indicating how awesome, scary, and fucked-up the episode was here)  Things We Learned From American Horror Story Asylum, Episode Ten, ‘The Name Game’- Spoiler Alert!” usual post AHSA wrap-up/review/recap. Hope to have it up within the next 24 hours!

I was literally up all night (until I conked out around 10AM) writing after the show Wednesday, which might have worked out better if I hadn’t been up all night writing the night before as well. Need to stop keeping the sleep cycle of a vampire crack whore,  here. NOT complaining, I had fun, nice to be up all night  and have it actually be voluntary. Gonna repeat this next sentiment in its own post, but we got THREE TIMES more traffic–starting Wednesday AM– (in the 24-period the episode aired in) than we did on our absolute busiest day of 2012. Horror Boom is still racking up the hits, and I want to thank EVERYONE for their support. Would we have gotten even half that much traffic if American Horror Story Asylum hadn’t been back from their holiday break? No! Of course not. Thanks again from both of us.

We also think Lily Rabe should at least get an Emmy nod for best supporting actress (along with Jessica Lange winning Best Actress) for her work this season. She nailed it EVERY time. Hope Ryan Murphy casts her in another great role in “Chapter” (AKA Season) Three.

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American Horror Story Asylum Episode “I Am Ann Frank, Part 2” Earns A Spot On EW.com’s Ten Best Single Episodes Of TV in 2012

It’s hard to choose the best episode, but picking “I Am Ann Frank Part Two” as one of their top ten, when there was a LOT of great shows with great episodes this –I mean, last– year. I don’t agree with about half their picks (“New Girl” isn’t, how do I put this, my cup of tea), but the other half was dead on. I forgot about that pitiful squirrel speech. “The Origins of Monstrosity” was pretty goddamned great, too. Yay, EW.com!

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American Horror Story Asylum – Want A Longer Look At A Rasper? Check Out Our Horrifying Gallery, Part 1 (Disturbing Image Warning)

“Kill me.” -Shelley (RIP)

 

 
Sometimes, when you see a still of a creature or a monster, it doesn’t look as scary when it’s not in action. This is not the case with the Raspers –the horrible result of bloodcurdling medical experiments performed secretly in American Horror Story Asylum by a former Nazi (who did the same thing in the medical experiment section of concentration camps in WW2)  who was able to escape and change his name from Hans Gruper to Dr. Arthur Arden.

Ahh, you never forget the first time you see a rasper, huh? We were watching Louie, calmly sitting through a commercial break, when the teaser–the first one we’d seen– for American Horror Story Asylum came on. Maybe you saw the below teaser first, too…

Mrs. Horror Boom here has a very distinct memory of thinking and having time to say, “Bet this i– HOOOAH-kay! Knew it” (meaning to say, “hey, I bet this is an American Horror Story Season 2 preview, but that didn’t have it out all the way). All the teasers were creepy and cool, this one (and the one I believe they called “White Rose”, with a twirling white flower bud unfurling its petals to show a screaming, scary woman in a white straightjacket, with a jolting musical cue) frightened me as much as the knee-jerk reaction when I saw anything American Horror Story-related for the upcoming season: Oh, AWESOME!  Even my husband was slightly unsettled. I’d also read a cover story Entertainment Weekly did (I recall almost giving myself a paper cut flipping through the issue at lightning speed to get to the piece, especially when I saw it was an in-depth article with several pages. In the issue, Ryan Murphy was extremely talkative and excited; I remember seeing a photo of Bloody Face in the make-up chair and saying, “Damn!” out loud, then a make-up photo also taken on the set:

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Then reading: He may appear harmless, but 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. Also, Arden may or may not be a Nazi.
Murphy elaborated later in the article: “They’re really scary because they’re a mixture of typhus and syphilis and gonorrhea and leprosy.” Yeah, that falls under the category of “really scary” to us, for many reasons. We actually theorized after we read the above but before the Raspers even showed up that their name had something to do with the fact they’d been injected with TB, which makes it difficult to breathe normally, let alone talk. We also had a theory that Dr. Nazi cut out their vocal chords and/or tongues as well as part of his “experimental” process, but we guess that was too mean-spirited even for American Horror story. Removing their teeth would have been a smarter idea, as we’ll see later on…

That sounded cool (and pretty goddamned frightening), and I immediately connected that with image of those inhuman figures zipping through the woods and then vanishing. From the first episode, “Welcome to Briarcliff,” I looked forward to seeing a Rasper …especially when pre-possession Sister Mary Eunice nervously carried to buckets out to the woods. Then came “Nor’easter” on Halloween… and we got our first look. Not much, because Murphy has said he wants to keep the Raspers’ coverage much like the Infantata in Season One of American Horror Story –just flashes. It also looks like during the scenes with the active Raspers, the film was under-cranked (which means it happens much faster on camera; the technique was used heavily during the arena fight scenes in Ridley Scott‘s Gladiator,  especially the fight with the tiger, for example).

In case you wondered what the INSIDE of a Rasper looked like, this may be your only chance (from "Dark Cousins")

In case you wondered what the INSIDE of a Rasper looked like, this may be your only chance (from the excellent episode seven, “Dark Cousins”)

Our theory, not officially confirmed yet, is that the Rasper that crashed the kitchen scene at the end of “Dark Cousins,”  is the one from the photo getting made up. Pretty sure about that one, but the other is that it’s Spivey, the poor jerk-off (har-de-har) that got caught with his pants down in The Origins of Monstrosity (Episode six) and as a result ended up on Dr. Nazi’s experimental laboratory, because Ryan Murphy said we’d see him again, and it’d be memorable. Then again,  we still have to IMDB it and check the actor’s name. Plus Spivey didn’t look too energetic when we saw him before that scene;  he looked both sub-human and miserable. The face sort of bulges out in the same way… anyway, here’s a longer look at Spivey in Episode 6, I assume towards the end of Dr. Nazi’s Rasper-izing treatment. (Warning: these are not a pretty sight; then again, nothing in this gallery is).

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Timothy starts to realize what a terrible fucking idea it was to 'partner up' with Dr. Nazi... too late.

Timothy starts to realize what a terrible fucking idea it was to ‘partner up’ with Dr. Nazi… too late.

Whatever you do, don’t watch Sister Mary Eunice bathe herself through a hole in the wall, even is she invites you. ESPECIALLY if she invites you.

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In “they didn’t deserve THAT!” mode, let’s check out poor, poor Shelley… that must have been one loooooong make-up session for Chloë Sevigne.

Monsignor Timothy accompanies a suit through the lobby of what looks like a MUCH nicer medical complex. He’s been called to give last rites to a woman. The suit thanks him for his compassion, due to the controversy and all the stuff in the news, he’s the fifth or sixth priest they’ve contacted who didn’t turn them down flat. Timothy smiles benignly as they enter the elevator and replies that all of us our God’s children. When they get to the door of the room, Timothy seems to fail to pick up on the red flags that 1. the suit is avoiding making eye contact with him and 2. after the suit warns him of the patient’s disturbing appearance, he hastily steps away from the door and quickly tells him he’ll be in the hallway if the Monsignor needs him.

That’s odd, what could have shaken the man up so much? Oh well, all of God’s creations are beautiful, and

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I think that some of these shots were made to morbidly mirror early publicity shots, character photos, and trailers (click to zoom… if you really want to. Also the shots of the trailer of Shelley lounging on her cot, you couldn’t see anything really below her knees.  Of course, we didn’t know then what we know now, and didn’t give it a second thought until the end of “Nor’Easter”

She deteriorated at an alarmingly speedy rate, too. Dr. Nazi really applied himself here… and of course, Sister Mary Demon helped out.

Early stages of horrible experiment

Early stages of horrible experiment

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Stage One (shown at the beginning of I Am Ann Frank, Part One)

But by the end of that same episode...  good Lord.

But by the end of that same episode… good Lord.

Then, of course, the ghastly playground scene (which we suppose is Stage 4), where she causes a teacher, a little girl, and an entire class at recess to scream with terror on sight.

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And in her last scene, I’m not sure how Father Timothy recognized her as a female (though I suppose they told him ahead of time), let alone Shelley. Don’t think she would have lasted much longer, she could barely wheeze her breath in and out. Whatever combination of horrible toxins Dr. Nazi injected her with (grrrrr), it worked fast. Fortunately, so did Father Timothy, who performed last rites and a mercy killing.

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And she’s gone. Click here to read on to Rasper Gallery, Part Two, for the really hungry males…

When The F*ck Is American Horror Story Asylum Back, You Ask? We Have Airdates For Final Four Episodes, New Episode Titles, AND A Plot Description For Episode 10 -“The Name Game”!

We swear, American Horror Story Asylum withdrawal kicked in with us about an hour after our last two posts (the post-mortem with Ryan Murphy for The Coat Hanger is just a click away, and so is the link here of a post-show interview with Dylan McDermott.  Turns out we’re not the only ones who though McDermott (as Johnny Thredson, AKA Son of Bloody Face) was  somehow strangely hotter in this episode than he was playing Ben Harmon in Season one (Murder House). I don’t know, maybe it was the stubble and messier/longer hair, or the tattoos, but he was much more interesting, I’ll tell you that.

Ben was  kind of a self-absorbed prick, though he did redeem himself in the last couple episodes.  He sounded like an arrogant douche at times, without the talent at his profession (a shrink) or sex appeal to back it up, any self-confidence on Ben Harmon’s part seemed to  be based on no evidence whatever (other than being able to bang, continue an affair with, and knocking up, a reasonably attractive psych student definitely young enough to be his daughter). There was one scene in the pilot where Ben and Vivian were fighting (I mean screaming at each other, with her looking like it was good she didn’t have a taser gun within reach), then they suddenly threw themselves all over the other one and having what started out as “anger sex”, then got into  really, REALLY passionate, semi-rough and tumble make-up sex. Unfortunately, there was a scene (uncomfortable at best) shortly after where Ben walked into the kitchen nude and started weeping and jerking off naked, which isn’t exactly a turn-on for most females to see (or men either, now that I think of it), and even pretty hard to come back from. He was  just more dark and really intense in the first scene with the therapist, though if mentions killing/skinning more animals (not necessarily in that order, which doesn’t make it the poor house pet’s day either), it’s going to end THAT  sex appeal pretty goddamned fast.

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Uh, sorry, where were we? Oh yes, air dates, titles for all but the finale, AND a description for the next episode, which sounds pretty damn compelling. So he we go:

S2, Ep10/ Airdate Jan. 2, 2013

 

Title: “The Name Game”

…and in case you missed it, here’s the thirty-second long  teaser/preview For Episode Ten “The Name Game” below!
Moving on, because there’s a lot of speculations we need to discuss about it soon…
S2, Ep11

Announced Air date: Jan. 9, 2013/title: “Spilt Milk”

 S2, Ep12
Announced airdate is Jan. 16, 2013/title: “Continuum”
Episode #2.13/Airing Jan 23, 2013

No title for the finale yet.

Here’s a decent plot description for “The Name Game” below:

 

SPOILER ALERT!

 

The Monsignor (Joseph Fiennes) confronts the Devil.  Dr. Arden’s (James Cromwell) experiments reach a shocking conclusion. Dr. Thredson (Zachary Quinto) facilitates a surprising reunion for Kit (Evan Peters).

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Ten Unholy Things We Learned From The American Horror Story Asylum Christmas Episode, “Unholy Night”! (Episode 8 – Spoilers)

We told you it was going to be a kick-ass holiday episode! We’re a little surprised by the Christmas tree decorations not consisting of parts of a human body, but this was sick in its own original way. So why not kick things off with…

1. The demon in Sister Mary was pretty excited about decorating the tree. This time, she just got really mean— she yelled at all the poor patients to line up, then grabbed a festive basket, and went down the line, taking what she wanted. from the wretched-looking people in line cutting off hair (above the ribbon), taking out some poor toothless old inmate’s dentures, and using those items, saying it was a lesson in Christmas being “all about giving,” which Monsignor Timothy seemed sort of impressed by. He even noticed the IV bags and bottles (all empty), though he didn’t remark on the garlands, which were either rolls of gauze, or toilet paper (maybe both; with the medical supplies hung up, I think it was gauze, which is somehow sicker than TP). Either that, or he’s getting bad vibes from her too and thought he should probably just humor her, then regroup later to snoop into things. I have to admit, putting fingers, toes, eyes, etc.  would have been nice and sick, but probably would have drawn a teeny bit more attention.

She had this… light in her. The light’s gone out.

 

2. Speaking of attention, Sister Mary Eunice was on FIRE in this episode. Almost every time she opened her mouth I got a big grin on my face or laughed. Click here to read  “Ten Of The Best Lines in the Christmas Episode, ‘Unholy Night‘ ”  In an entertaining interview I posted few weeks back (you can find it here) Lily Rabe was right. Sister Mary does have a lot of Christmas Spirit…

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You don’t know what Christmas means to me…

3. Ian McShane’s character, Leigh Emerson, was also pretty entertaining (and frightening; I wouldn’t want him coming at me in that Santa suit with his rotten teeth, matted beard and greasy hair, even if he wasn’t carrying a sharp object). We learned his back story from Sister Mary Eunice (remember, she knows all).  As a young man,  he was thrown in jail for trying to steal a loaf of stale bread (the ultimate crime!) Unfortunately for him, it was close to Christmas, and when the guards went Christmas caroling (I actually don’t blame this guy for having… issues… with Christmas after we got his back story) five men held him down and raped him. Merry Christmas! They took his virginity (well, Sister Mary points out, the first guy took his virginity), the rest stole his dignity, self-esteem, but worst of all, his Christmas spirit …and that’s only the first part of the back-story.

“There is no God… but there is  a Santa Claus!”  – Leigh to Sister Jude

4.  THEN, we learned that Leigh Emerson escaped in 1963 (or was released from prison, either way it was a very bad idea for him to get out of there six days before Christmas).  He approached a Salvation Army Santa outside a supermarket, hit him with his  Salvation Army bell, then shot him in the face, plus four more times. THEN, he put on a blood-stained Santa suit from the guy, and killed 18 people from five different families.  In the murder we saw n the cold open, a little girl named Susie, buys him as Santa even without the beard, bloodstains, and the fact he came in through a smashed window instead of the chimney. He was nice to her (that we saw, anyway, she never seemed scared of him) tied up the husband and wife with (lit) Christmas lights, yells at them for overdoing it with the decorations, and after a really raunchy comment also in the piece with quotes, shoots them. He ends up in Briarcliff by Christmas 1963 (more on that Christmas at Briarcliff in the Stray Thoughts section)*

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5.  We learned some facts that would make anyone–well, anyone with a soul– turn down a lavish Christmas gift of real ruby earrings  (big stones, set chandelier style). We learned in the same scene that Dr. Arden is still (of course) a sadistic, evil Nazi asshole with a Madonna/Whore complex, but that he had hoped for some response from Sister Mary Eunice other than delight and preening when he told her how he got the earrings. Would YOU want to try on, let alone keep, earrings that had been swallowed and shit out every day for weeks by a woman in a Nazi concentration camp, not to mention they ended they ended up killing that someone due to internal injuries (the jewels tore up her intestines, Dr. Arden/Gruper explains) who died in the wretched camp, then  were given to you by the Nazi that “retrieved them”?  And regardless of hygiene, I’d be more than a little worried about a vengeful female spirit haunting you if kept and/or sold them. That’s an onyro’s secret back story reveal from a J-Horror, K-Horror, or Thai ghost movie right there.  Talk about bad karma. We at Horror Boom saw through the ruse with Sister Jude (360 degree turnaround all of a sudden from THAT shitty guy? Just didn’t buy it, though he sold it to Sister Jude skillfully) but we think he actually was kind of down–or feeling sorry for himself, at the very least– that there’s nothing left of the Sister Mary he, er, had a …crush on.

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6. Dr. Nazi is probably more scared of Sister Mary Eunice now; he didn’t seem to take any satisfaction in setting up Sister Jude’s (botched) murder. He didn’t want to stick around as he and Sister Mary Demon listened (below the French spiral “Staircase to Heaven”) to Jude’s terrified cries and desperate calls for help and all the crashing around. After he told Sister Mary (who practically looked like she was just about to discover her G-spot) that he hoped his loyalty was proven, he said–not entirely convincingly–he found it all rather tedious and that he had work to do.

Oh, you really don’t want me to be around the others this time of year…

 

7. Sister Mary Eunice’s telekinetic powers are improving. This episode, when Sister Jude managed to sneak in the office and hold a razor to Sister Mary’s throat and says she’s figured it all out.  Sister Mary Eunice looked amused and asks, “what are you gonna do, cane the devil out of me?” then laughs as the doors of the armoire containing all the canes are yanked wide open, followed by the various canes flying out, then the record playing a Christmas carol is shattered.. on the ceiling.  Before any more mayhem could ensue, Dr. Arden intervened and had Sister Jude ‘escorted out’.

See? We all made a little sacrifice for the greater good. That’s the spirit of Christmas!

 

8. We leaned more about Bloody Face (Old Skool Bloody Face) and the good news that Lana —and Kit— finally have the upper hand (for now). We’re a little worried about Kit, because if we were Lana, we don’t know how long we could keep ourselves from beating Thredson to death. In fact, Lana wanted to kill him right then. He  doesn’t seem as pissed about her injuring him to escape, but accuses him ‘tricking’ him into being “intimate” (which must be the word he uses for ‘rape’).  He said he was going to just kind of humor her and let her talk, because hey, who would believe her story? Then he tells her he changed his mind, he’s going to kill her. The worst news (for Lana and Kit, anyway) was said he’d gone over every square inch of the basement and his house with a toothbrush, combed it for any evidence (remember, no DNA testing back them—plus did they even have rape kits in the early 60s?) and that the furnace got a lot of use,  which he’s also really pissed about. You made me kill Bloody Face!  he nearly snarls at Lana.

 

One day,  I will bury you.
-Lana to Thredson/Bloody Face

 

9.  We learned there was no doubt that Lana is pregnant.  Many fans already suspected it (and a very recent interview confirmed it).  On a TV show (even basic and pay cable), we see a woman who is capable of getting pregnant throwing up in the morning on a TV show, and she’s not a virgin, 99% of the time, that woman has discovered her pregnancy by the end of the next episode. Not sure if Lana has figured it out yet, since that is SO the least of her fucking problems at this point.  There was some not-so-subtle foreshadowing in the dialogue from Thredson—“Bloody Face had to burn so he could be BORN AGAIN from the ashes” and “Your skin with will be the beginning of a second Bloody Face.”  Maybe it will be this season’s version of the Violet reveal that was predicted by half of the fans ahead of time – but the sight of her when the reveal came actually gave me nightmares. Let’s hope they do something just as shocking with this season.

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Heads up, asshole! CONK

10. We learned that any male staff member in Briarcliff with compassionate, human feelings  towards others—not that there were a lot of them, and few females, too— might as well have an expiration date stamped on them. As we thought, Frank was completely broken up, weeping and praying over Grace’s body.  He also saw the Rasper that ripped Sister Felicity’s throat out and tells Dr. Arden he thinks they should alert the authorities. “Our former Irish cop is feeling the need to confess.” Dr. Thredson tells Sister Mary Eunice soon after. “I’ve got it under control,” she replies. RIP, Frank.  Sister Mary slices his throat later in the episode after Leigh (Insane Homicidal Santa) gets put back in ‘the hole’ after really snapping and losing his shit in the common room, Frank locks him in and turns around to see… slash.  I assume Leigh will get blamed for cutting his throat. Oh, by the way, we have a survey. With the characters dropping like flies lately, if you want to vote on who you think will get killed off in the next episode, please do; there’s a poll here. Take a second, because we wanna know your prediction!

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12/19 Poll Update- SPOILERS if you have not seen episode Nine, The Coat Hanger, yet:  This is going up soon on the poll page, too, but it’s ironic that of the eleven responses (with a free account with Polldaddy we can only have ten) we Kit out of the running–it was him or Sister Mary Demon, and we take HIM out as an option?  Naaahhhh, no way, there’s way too much unresolved business, if they do it, they’ll wait till the last or second-to-last episode.  We didn’t consider the fact he might only be dead for a minute or two at the end of the episode, and that would be one of the mid-winter finale cliff-hangers promised by Murphy (though I doubt anyone called things going down like THAT before it aired). Either way, WRONG! He died. Episode ended. He might (probably…I hope) have Dr. Nazi make it back in time to re-start his heart in Episode Ten. But other than that, it was just the hapless therapist whose penny-saver coupon brought in the last patient she would ever have a session with – Johnny Thredson (she got the most votes, BTW-good call). Remember, the Angel of Death didn’t kiss the Monsignor yet–if you’ve read the episode description for next week, or seen the nice spoilerish preview for the January 2nd episode, “The Name Game,” we know what happens there.  I’m still pissed at him for what he knowingly did to Sister Jude. You can read the FULL weekly piece, Ten Shamelessly Twisted Things We Learned In American Horror Story Asylum Episode Nine, The Coat Hanger (Spoilers) right here.

Stray Thoughts:

  • We actually thought that when Sister Jude drove something pointy into Leigh “Psycho Santa” Emerson’s neck in self-defense, it was a candy cane. Before you laugh, have you seen how sharp and pointy the ends of those get after you’ve been sucking on one end for a while? It’s like a hard-candy ice pick, or something. We know somewhere out there that HAS happened in a holiday-themed horror movie, probably one we’ve seen and just can’t place. We actually wish it had been a candy cane, but I guess that was a little too campy even for Murphy and Falchuck. We can see where they’re coming from… but still, that would have been a great, sick touch.
  • During the cold open teaser that introduces Leigh Emerson’s holiday season mayhem, was anyone else reminded of “And All Through The House…” that awesome, AWESOME Tales From The Crypt  (an anthology movie used the story from the comic first) episode where the mother –SPOILER ALERT, THE EPISODE OR AT LEAST A CLIP IS COMING UP AS A POST FOR THE HOLIDAYS, HIGHLIGHT TO READ:  kills her husband in the middle of a snowstorm on Christmas Eve, hears that a maniac dressed as Santa escaped from the local mental asylum, and it’s a very tense game of cat and mouse up until the chilling ending as she can’t really call the cops when her husband’s body is there with an axe buried in his head, blood everywhere, and her plans to drag him outside and drop him down a well become even more screwed up when she locks herself out of the house. Here’s the kicker, though, and you’ll remember it if you saw it: her little girl (who believes in Santa Claus) is awake in her bedroom upstairs because hey, what child can calmly sleep Christmas Eve? The murderous mother finally makes it in the house throw a window on the second door –wow, what a relief! However, the little girl isn’t in bed. She walks, filled with dread and shaking, to the landing of the stairs and looks down to see her little girl, smiling. Oh, Thank God she’s OK! We’re going to look it up soon, since I wouldn’t be surprised if the little girl’s name was Suzy in the comic, then sees she’s holding hands with someone. “Look, Mommy! Santa really came! He came and I let him in!” Next to her stands a grinning, large maniac dressed in a Santa suit… happy to finally be indoors. The comic ended on that last frame –Good Lord (choke)! The HBO episode ended on the evil maniac Santa asking, “Naughty… or nice?” in a gravelly voice just as scary as Ian MacShane’s, and then faded out on the woman’s hysterical screams. Robert Zemeckis directed it, which sounds like a red flag for a Tales From The Crypt  episode, but I still was on the edge of my seat even though I knew the ending… which gave me goosebumps.
  • So, fellow E.C. Comic and Vault of Horror fans, did little Suzy not being scared of Santa (even though it was six days early, he clearly entered through a broken living room window,  and had a few little bloodstains on his Santa suit) and then going to wake her parents up to tell them ecstatically Santa was downstairs, which of course ends horribly, remind you of that story? The “Unholy Night” version was way darker, obviously, but I think the parallels were there. It was even published is roughly the same time period (mid-century).
  • Who else got a big grin on their face when poor Frank grabbed a huge ladder to put the glass (or maybe tin) tree-topper up, the elaborately red-and-silver, star-shaped ornament (only with at least 20 pointy ends), and started climbing? We didn’t want Frank to get hurt (too late, sigh), so much as we saw total chaos about to break loose and thought there’s no way that star isn’t going to end up embedded in someone’s face or neck.  Didn’t expect him to fucking RUSH the ladder, knock it and  the entire giant strangely-decorated Christmas tree over, and leap on top of Frank like a wild animal, trying to smash it into Frank’s face (and actually succeeding) as not one, but two large orderlies had to sprint over to pull Leigh, in full-on homicidal maniac frenzy-mode, off of poor Frank. We’re putting up a featurette on the stunt soon, but until then, you can get a fix watching a behind-the-scenes look from FX  at how they performed the old “face-off” bite right here.  Sister Mary Demon’s casually amused reaction to the entire tree debacle, after she calmly watches: “Two steps forward, one step back.”
  • If we had been in Sister Jude’s shoes, the second we opened the double doors to her quarters/office and saw mangy, creepy, blood-thirsty Leigh lounging in her chair behind the desk, we would have turned around then and gone right out. She tried to get out fast, but she hasn’t seen as many horror movies as we have. If she’d been as big a horror fan as us,  it would have gone like this: open door, see homicidal patient let out of ‘the hole’ sitting there in a Santa suit opposite you behind the desk, immediately swivel around and step back out into the hall and close the double doors, all in one large motion.
  • There’s too many great quotes to count, but we made a list of ten OF the best (not THE ten best) quotes from “Unholy Night”, along with screencaps, and you can check that piece out here.

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Ten Of The Best, Most Entertaining Lines From American Horror Story Asylum’s Episode “Unholy Night” (AKA ‘A Very American Horror Story Christmas’)!

There’s a reason I titled this piece “Ten OF the best lines” rather than “THE ten best lines”. This episode was overflowing with lines that caused me to get a huge smile on my face, laugh, curse (as in, “Man, I love this fuckin’ show!”),  my jaw drop, or a combination of the above.  I probably still would have had some trouble narrowing it down to twenty.

My “Ten Things We Learned” was taking longer to write; I kept jotting down great lines, then realizing I didn’t have room for them, but couldn’t bring myself to edit them out. Finally I just said the hell with this and wrote this instead (‘Ten Things We Learned’ will still be posted shortly).

If I left out one of your favorites, feel free —in fact please do— put it in the “reply” section. I’d kill for a script of that episode.. Fun fact: Ryan Murphy said in the post-show Q&A with EW.com that Leigh (Psycho Santa) Emerson (Ian McShane) will actually return  next week.  I re-watched, and they didn’t show him die…  not that it makes a difference when you’re in American Horror Story-territory.  That should be something to see;  it’s more of a dialogue between their characters (according to Murphy) rather than them trying to kill one another and getting tossed around the room while Leigh makes progressively raunchy and disturbing comments.

Of course, there’s spoilers, but it’s a scream.  Speaking of screams… these are in no particular order (OK, except for the one I saved for last).

1. Sister Mary Eunice (after Leigh pulls down the ladder Frank was using to put the pointy ornament on the tree top and smashes it into Frank’s face before two giant orderlies pull him off): Two steps forward, one step back.

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2. Little Susie: Are you hurt, Santa?
Leigh: Oh, no no. This isn’t Santa’s blood!

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3. Dr. Arden: I don’t believe in God. But I believe in evil. I have seen it up close and personal.
Sister Jude: Of that I have no doubt.
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4. Sister Mary Eunice: Did you celebrate Christmas in your Nazi household?*

 

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5. Leigh (after Sister Jude won’t take off his shackles for the group Christmas photo in 1963): Well, I don’t want to be in your shitty picture, then!
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6. Dr. Arden: I so dearly hoped you’d throw them back in my face, that you couldn’t stand to touch those shit-stained earrings. I was hoping there’d be a glimmer of horror… a glimmer of that precious girl who was too afraid to even take a bite of my candy apple.

 

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7. Leigh (dressed as Santa, with female patient on his lap): Whaddaya say we blow this pop stand, savage a few elves, and then go suck on each other? (patient hastily leaves)

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8. Sister Mary Eunice (after putting on the ruby earrings from Dr. Arden): Look how beautiful they are on me. They bring out the rose in my cheeks!

 

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9. Susie’s Dad: (after Leigh mentions finding some “rape” under their Christmas tree) Don’t you touch her!
Leigh: Hey, who said anything about her?  You know the difference between that Santa Claus and me? He only comes once a year!

10. Lana, to Thredson: One day, I’ll bury you.

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*on the first viewing, I mis-heard it as, “Did you celebrate Christmas, you Nazi asshole?”

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…