Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Asy­lum

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fri­day, 8.30pm, FX If you are ex­pect­ing to catch up with the tor­tured char­ac­ters of the first Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story se­ries, Mur­der House, for­get it. The cre­ators are done with the Har­mon fam­ily and their neigh­bours. Par­tic­u­larly fab­u­lous in a se­ri­ously creepy way was the Har­mons’s neigh­bour Con­stance, played with rel­ish by Jessica Lange in her first re­cur­ring TV role. But al­though those char­ac­ters are gone for­ever, some of the ac­tors, notably Lange as Sis­ter Jude (Judy Martin) and Zachary Quinto (still killing them as Spock in the re­boot of the Star Trek film fran­chise), re­turn in this se­ries play­ing to­tally dif­fer­ent peo­ple. Ex­cept for the jolts and truly ghastly hor­ror mo­ments, the di­rec­to­rial style and the over­all gothic tone, this is al­most an en­tirely dif­fer­ent show. Like the first se­ries, Asy­lum is set in both the present and the past, specif­i­cally 1964. By way of in­tro­duc­tion to Bri­ar­cliff, the asy­lum of the ti­tle, we meet new­ly­weds Teresa (Jenna De­wan-Ta­tum) and Leo (Adam Levine), who share an erotic fas­ci­na­tion with old in­sti­tu­tions. They are at­tacked and pur­sued through the asy­lum by a char­ac­ter called Blood­y­face, and so we must go back to 1964 to find out how all of this was set up.

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