In a decade, American Horror Story came up with ten incredible scenarios for television. Series creator Ryan Murphy is no stranger to television success, as he is responsible for beloved series like Glee, Scream Queens, Pose, Rished, and much more. He also recently finished the first part of the side story American Horror Story. Murphy’s Ten Seasons Include Murder House, Asylum, Fireplace, Freak Show, Hotel, Roanoke, Cult, Apocalypse, 1984, and Double feature.
Unfortunately, not all seasons of American Horror Story received a similar positive response. Early season like Murder house and Coven was one of the fan favorites, while later seasons like Roanoke and Denomination among some of their favorites. Of the American Horror Story ten seasons, there are a few that can be considered the best of the series. However, there is one season that can surpass the others.
American Horror Story: Asylum is the second season of the horror series. It falls between the beloved seasons of Murder house and Coven and is often considered one of the scariest seasons of American Horror Story. The season featured infamous faces from American Horror Story franchises include Jessica Lange, Evan peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto and Chloë Sevigny. Characters born from this season of American Horror Story remains one of the most infamous from the franchise, in part because of the familiar faces that play them. What makes Refugee a strong season of American Horror Story thanks not only to the cast’s performances and the somewhat grotesque and surreal themes, but the ability to seamlessly connect the past with the present to create an authentic production.
Refugee not the only season of American Horror Story try to combine past and present together or combine different genres and elements. Refugee just does its best job. The inner spirals Refugee doesn’t feel rushed or seem hard to follow as some have criticized Roanoke exists, nor does it go above and beyond to try and be intimidating. Refugee masterfully creating refugee camp suspense, in which the story is set, and through its music and use of sound. It also combines elements of science fiction, history, and a dangerous, unspecified murder threat.
Refugee works with a three ring structure that each ring divides into plot and respective sub-plot. While all three appear to be unrelated, the unifying elements of each round were found before the end of the season, although it leaves some vague conclusions. Unlike the uncertainty that remains at the end of other seasons, Asylum’s works well in favor of it. The ambiguity stems from the first layer of Refugee, which is the mysterious inclusion of aliens. They kidnap Alma (Britne Oldford) from the house she shares with her husband Kit (Peters). The aliens appear again to find Grace (Lizzie Brocheré) after she forms a romantic relationship with Kit in the refugee camp. Grace suggested Aliens come looking for Kit because of his assimilation but in a season heavily associated with religion, Murphy also mentioned that aliens also act as signs of God or angels.
Religion was an important part of the foundation of the asylum, Briarcliff. Monsignor Timothy Howard (Joseph Fiennes) presides over Briarcliff while dedicated sisters like Sister Jude (Lange) and Mary Eunice (Rabe) handle direct contact with the asylum’s patients. They are joined in the refugee camp of Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cronwell) and Oliver Thredson (Quinto). Everyone is hide some kind of secret and they were all forced to confront their sins. The holy and innocent Mary Eunice was once possessed by a demon and began to terrorize the asylum and its inhabitants. She teases Jude about his secret past, learns of Arden’s past with the Nazi Party, and admits Thredson is his murderous alias, Bloody Face.
Bloody Face is the last layer of Refugee and it is also the layer that weaves the past and the present together. Thredson is eventually revealed to be the real Bloody Face, but Kit is initially arrested for murder and sentenced to Briarcliff before trial. Thredson intends evaluate Kit’s mental state to see if he was fit enough to stand trial, but it is known that his real motive was to convince Kit of the murders for which he was responsible. Lana Winters (Paulson) gets entangled in the story of Bloody Face as she tries to make a name for herself as an up-and-coming journalist. She eventually realizes she made a false commitment to Briarcliff because of her homosexuality. She befriends in Thredson and is horrified to discover that he is the killer responsible for the deaths of countless women including Wendy, her lover. Lana is also pregnant with Thredson’s child, who is revealed to be a modern-day Bloody Man actively murdering people in the present.
Unlike Murder House, Hotel, or Roanoke, Refugee don’t rely on its settings make it scary. The refugee camp setting lends itself to typical horror elements but American Horror Story rise above and beyond by introducing additional elements of Bloody Face, Arden’s gruesome past, and the aliens. Refugee successfully tells a cohesive and convincing story that maintains a revolving door full of mystery and suspense. Except for Bloody Face, none of its characters are intentional designed to be scary and appear very normal. Even Thredson, whose bloody face seemed to have been an ordinary citizen during his days in Briarcliff. The mundane is what makes the asylum so effective because it reflects the horror potential that comes from anyone or anything. After all, there is nothing scarier than reality.
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