American Horror Story: ASYLUM ‘Welcome to Briarcliff’ – Review

American Horror Story - Welcome to Briarcliff - Evan Peters as Kit, Photo credit Michael Yarish/FX

“Legend has it, that once you were committed at Briarcliff, you never got out” – Teresa


AMERICAN HORROR STORY SPOILERS! (2:1) – In the first season, viewers became familiar with the ghastly inhabitants of the Harmon family home. This season of American Horror Story instead of the Harmon house, or “Murder House, we’re are going to take part in all the new macabre of occurrences of the Briarcliff Manor asylum, year 1964. Let’s meet everyone, shall we?

This season, Jessica Lange is no longer Constance Langdon, and Evan  Peters no longer her murderous son, Tate. Lange returns as Sister Jude, the head nun of Briarcliff Manor. Peters is Kit Walker or “Bloody Face,” who was abducted by aliens–yes, there were aliens–and allegedly killed and then skinned his wife, and also returning  this season is Zachary Quinto as Dr. Oliver Thredson. Also along for the season is James Cromwell as Dr. Arthur Arden, a man of science, who conduct experiments on his patients,  Chloe Sevingy as Shelley, a nymphomaniac I suspect will cause some trouble of her own, Lily Rabe as the very nervous Sister May Eunice, Lizzie Brocheréas Grace, a resident of Briarcliff, Sara Paulson as Laura Winters, an investigative reporter who made the terrible mistake of meeting Sister Jude, and of course, there is Maroon 5 leading front man Adam Levine who gives “a limb” for the debut.

The concern here may be that the story does not continue from last season.  The brilliance of not continuing last seasons story line is that it near eliminates predictability and gives the series writers flexibility to explore every ounce of their creative talents. Another concern, and the looming cliche of an “asylum” setting for the show and it is not an unique concept; however, the season premiere already surpassed last season so no worries there. Asylum teems with potential multiple plot twists of horror due not only to an adaptable theme–but due to a new round of talented actors. Aside from the main acting talents listed above, there are also several patients who weren’t properly introduced and we do not know their back stories as of yet, and are some of the most interesting looking persons or people you’d never want to meet.

There is a lot going on in the first episode, and I don’t want to reveal any more details than I already have–until the next episode. Let’s just say that we are in for an assured ride of terror. Slow, methodical, tremendously sexy terror filled ride with horror.

So strap yourself in and smoke if you got em.

Source FX/American Horror Story

American Horror Story, Welcome to Briarcliff
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 5 stars
  • Spectacular

Review Summary:

Welcome To Briarcliff Manor, a notorious insane asylum home to the deranged serial killer, Bloody Face. Lurking in the shadows of this “sanctuary of healing” are terrifying evils that blur the boundaries between reality and insanity.

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