American Horror Story: Asylum - Final Preview - Undead Monday

Posted by Grey Monday, October 15, 2012

This Undead Monday, we revisit American Horror Story with its much-anticipated Second Season, American Horror Story: Asylum


Billed as a "psychosexual thriller" by co-creators/executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, American Horror Story hit FX network last October with its first thirteen-episode freshman season with tremendous success given its unique subject in the modern television environment: Sex, depravity, adult-themed horror, and a theme firmly set on "infidelity." A consistent ratings winner for FX network being the biggest new cable series of 2011, the horror drama went on the receive praises, earning numerous Emmy nods with renowned actress Jessica Lange receiving the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in her television work.

Being fans of the horror genre, our keen interests in American Horror Story were well-documented and we were reasonably sceptical given the series creators' previous works such as the mega-popular Glee. We vaguely recalled how we speculate if we are on the verge of another creepy classic the likes of Twin Peaks or if we are in for yet another self-important campy drama with an identity crisis to boot. So our final verdict after the run of the first season? As expected, it is a mix of both sentiment. The plot of the show were inevitably bogged down by unnecessary complexity that serve no real purposes than to provide a visage of a thought-provoking horror tale. We go from the haunted house genre to a seance/serial killer combination to eventually, the birth of the Anti-Christ. For a thirteen-episode drama, this is too overwhelming. That said, the show managed to provide some much-needed real scares and horrifying visions that the current television landscape is so deficient of. With a mixed bag-like result, what can we expect from the series who has by now evolved into an anthology show?

First and foremost, co-creator Ryan Murphy confirmed that there will be zero connection from the first season despite the return of most of cast. Asylum will take a depart from the Los Angeles haunted house and thrust viewers into the dark realm of an asylum for the criminally insane, Briarcliff Mental Institution, in Massachusetts with the main bulk of the story taking place in 1964. While Jessica Lange will still be spearheading the cast along with returning cast members Zachary Quinto, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Lily Rabe, new comers to the show include Joseph Fiennes, Chloe Sevigny, Lizzie Brochere, Clea Duvall, James Cromwell, and Adam Levine.

Secondly, Murphy has also confirmed that there will be no ghosts in the new show as the stories of the patients, doctors and (gasp) nuns who occupy the asylum will be the focus of the show. Now that changes the game more so than one might suspect. With the supernatural element removed, the show is now more of a psychological horror than ever before. 

We have earlier pondered on the potential burden the show bore with its namesake as the "American Horror Story", but with the runaway success of the first season, we were on the verge of predicting if the show will follow the footsteps of popular shows with an "American" title the likes of America's Next Top Model, American Idol or America Got Talent to become a global TV franchise to spawn stuffs like Malaysia Horror Story or Kazakhstan Horror Story. With the show now officially evolved into anthology format, it will be down to Asylum's success to see how horror, as a genre, grow in the world of boob tube. 

Now, with no further ado, have a good feel of the "Feel Bad Show" in its second run with these cool trailers and clips for the show.

The full length trailer entitled "Aheist."



"Insanity" Trailer.



In this featurette entitled "Inside the Asylum", have an in-depth look at the methods behind the madness of the production.



Fans of first season of the series might recall the viral campaign at the show's Facebook page pumped up with a series of creepy teaser clips. This season, the macabre teaser campaign is back and we can thank YouTube user WatchThisShowNow now for compiling every teaser clips together for our viewing pleasure.

Hit the jump to check out the compilation of all the creepy teaser clips.



Check out the creepy posters for the show.








Rounding up the cast, here's a look at the official images from the show.











Here's the official synopsis of the series:

Set in 1964, American Horror Story: Asylum takes us into a Church-run haven for the criminally insane, ruled with an iron fist by Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), a nun with a troubled past. Inside this locked down facility, danger lurks around every corner. From Nazis and serial killers, to mutants and aliens, no one is safe inside these walls. Starring Jessica Lange as “Sister Jude”, Sarah Paulson as “Lana Winters”, James Cromwell as “Dr. Arthur Arden,” Evan Peters as “Kit Walker,” Lily Rabe as “Sister Mary Eunice,” Lizzie Brocheré as “Grace,” Zachary Quinto as “Dr. Oliver Thredson,” and Joseph Fiennes as “Monsignor Timothy Howard.” Guest stars for the miniseries will include Frances Conroy, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Levine and Mark Consuelos.

Like its predecessor, American Horror Story: Asylum is a thirteen-episode series kicking off this Wednesday at FX.


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