REVIEW - American Horror Story Season 2 Episode 1

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American Horror Story has an extremely successful debut season, bringing true horror back to television and adding in some sexy cable extras, saw the formula rise to international success and praise from the toughest critics.

This season instead of continuing a story, the show has done the next best thing and re-invented itself in a whole new haunted house, new characters and story. Set in an abandoned asylum a pair of newly-weds are on a honeymoon horror tour of the most haunted places in America. Leo (Adam Levine Maroon 5, The Voice) and Theresa (Jenna Dewan) head to Briarcliff, the abandoned asylum in search of the famous serial killer Bloodyface

After an unfortunate accident, we are whipped back to 1964 when the Asylum was fully functional and holding some insane criminals. The main protagonist is led by Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) a strict yet dark nun who is in charge with Sister Eunice (Lilly Rabe) and the experimental doctor with power issues Dr Arden (James Cromwell). All worthy characters for a new season, Lange as always is fabulous and showcases her acting abilities and is built for the horror genre. Rabe displays a wide-eyed innocence and willingness to submit to authority, she does this with such ease and believability. Cromwell is a great addition to this show, bringing the science element to it, with a complete disregard for women in authority.

Using the mental asylum as the centre of the story, has allowed the directors to really mess with the audience's mind. There are a lot of surreal moments in this episode when you question if it's real or not. It is done so flawlessly and sharply that it is hard to tell what is real and what isn't.

I don't want to reveal any spoilers or talk too much about the plot, apart from the fact that it is a completely different show to last season, it has built on some strong roots and with a higher budget, and cleverly mapped out plot this season is already greater than the previous.

American Horror Story is showing at 10 on FX


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