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AHS Asylum is a cheesy Gothic Horror masterpiece.....it's perfect!
on October 24, 2015
There may not be much agreement over which season of American Horror Story is the best, but Season Two, Asylum, wins my vote hands down! The season is a sadistic pastiche of demon-possessed nuns, Nazi doctors, serial killers, prosecuted lesbians, alien visitations, and one lovable pinhead named Pepper. Oh, and lots of caning of shapely male buttocks. A little something for everyone!
The acting is, of course, over the top....the usual gang of AHS stalwarts; Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, and Lily Rabe all play their characters with malicious delight, and Evan Peters is the tortured innocent and the brunt of much of the abuse. Sarah Paulson's role as the lesbian undergoing some "unconventional" conversion therapy is particularly impressive.
I work in a former asylum building that was completed in the 1820s, and it looks much like Briarcliffe, albeit with less blood, fewer demons, and no Nazi doctor hiding out in the basement (at least not to my knowledge!)