Hard to believe that the second season FX's anthology show "American Horror Story" outdid the first in the darkness of its gruesome and sensational stories. Season one, Murder House, brought viewers a delicious Romeo and Juliet love story between teen Violet (Taissa Farmiga) and the ghost of a Columbine-style killer (Evan Peters), later revealed to have impregnated Violet's mom with the Antichrist. Ghosts peopled the home, racked with decades of violence, including multiple murders, copycat crimes, suicides, abortions, urban legends, and dismemberments. Even true life crime's Black Dahlia (Mena Suvari) made an appearance.
What could possibly top that? Try a former TB center turned institution for the criminally insane in 1964, when electroshock therapy and pre-frontal lobotomy were all the rage, run by a cruel and overzealous nun (Jessica Lange). Asylum, the show's second season, threw into that setting serial killer Bloody Face (Zachary Quinto), known to skin his female victims alive and use the spoils to fashion lampshades.
A young man (Peters), judged for his marriage to a black woman (Britne Oldford), is falsely accused of being Bloody Face. Add to that mix alien abductions, a former Nazi doctor (James Cromwell) experimenting on patients (and his victims, the ravenous, flesh-eating raspers), a power-hungry Monsignor (Joseph Fiennes), a nymphomaniac (Chloë Sevigny), a sane reporter committed because she's lesbian (Sarah Paulson), a microcephalic (Naomi Grossman), the Angel of Death (Frances Conroy), a coat hanger abortion attempt, an exorcism resulting in an innocent nun's (Lily Rabe) possession by Satan, and cameos by a murderous girl (Nikki Hahn), a psychopathic Santa (Ian McShane) and Anne Frank (Franka Potente). Yes, THE Anne Frank!
This diverse list compelled viewers to tune in each week to see just what crazy stuff the creators might come up with next. Since Asylum ended in January, obsessed fans have theorized on what October's season three will bring. Click here for the latest. In the meantime, Asylum's sleaze and gore fest produced some of TV's most memorable quotes and inspired some great artwork. See list attached.