‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ thrills audience

Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean you should quit seeking that adrenaline rush you get from a scary movie. Get your weekly frightful fix from FX’s “American Horror Story: Asylum.”

This is the second season of “American Horror Story.” However, it has a completely different plot line and characters.

The second season is only four episodes in, so it is easy to get caught up. Last year’s season focused on a family living in a haunted house, while the second season takes place in 1964 at Briarcliff Mental Institution. Patients, both guilty and innocent, are watched over by nuns, psychiatrists and one torturous doctor.

Each of the patients has some type of “illness.” One woman is in the institution for being a lesbian, another is a sex addict, but most of the patients are convicted murderers.

This might need a spoiler alert, but the season begins with a rampant serial killer called Bloody Face being committed to Briarcliff. I don’t want to get too graphic, but the murders by Bloody Face are horrific. The convicted Kit may or may not be Bloody Face, but he definitely has no recollection of any of the murders. In fact, Kit believes aliens abducted him.

Another main character is Lana, a reporter who found out too much about Briarcliff so in turn was forced by Sister Jude (head nun) to be committed for being a lesbian.

The head doctor at Briarcliff, Dr. Arden, is a suspected Nazi war criminal and might possibly be the real Bloody Face. Instead of curing patients, he focuses on torturing them and testing human limitations.

There are so many more characters that have plot lines just as twisted and dark as the ones mentioned.

Many new characters are introduced each episode. Currently, a woman who believes she is the real Anne Frank is being held at the asylum. Is she the real Anne Frank? As of now, it seems highly likely.

“Asylum” is one of those shows that is extremely unpredictable. You never know what is actually happening or just made up in an insane person’s mind. While this may seem like an intricate TV show, it is definitely easy to understand.

Some might avoid the show because of its frightening name. However, it is more of a suspenseful show that is built off of cliffhangers.

It isn’t a family show, so don’t watch it if you have a weak stomach or are easily upset. “American Horror Story Asylum” deals with some really graphic material. Just try it once and you might get hooked. The creators made it to play with your mind.

Alyssa Townsend

Opinions editor

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