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American Horror Story Asylum



Critic Ratings: 11
Critics Consensus

American Horror Story ushers in a new season as is to be expected: with a healthy dose of mysterious, gruesome fun.

Episode Info

In 1964, the notorious serial killer Boody Face is committed to the sanitarium Briarcliff Manor. Reporter Lana Walker arrives to interview the asylum's head nun, Sister Jude, but is secretly hoping for a story on Bloody Face.


Jessica Lange
as Sister Jude
Sarah Paulson
as Lana Winters
Evan Peters
as Kit Walker
Lily Rabe
as Sister Mary Eunice
Zachary Quinto
as Dr. Oliver Thredson
James Cromwell
as Dr. Arthur Arden
Joseph Fiennes
as Monsignor Timothy Howard
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Critic Reviews for Welcome to Briarcliff

It was a Rocky Horror Clockwork Orange Leatheryfacey Freaksfest, with a dash of X-Files thrown in.

Aug 9, 2016 | Full Review…

Asylum promises happy scares and a goofy good time, all with a thematic underpinning that makes the ridiculousness easier to swallow, the spoonful of medicine that makes the several pounds of sugar go down.

Aug 8, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

This looks like a campy, period rich series this season, and I'm eager to see how they are going to manage the time shifts.

Aug 16, 2016 | Full Review…

Briarcliff - it sounds like one of those depressing old-people manors where you go if you're not quite totally demented but you still might burn down the house making a hot borscht. This whole season is going to be like a Marilyn Manson video.

Aug 9, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There really is nothing like it on TV and there never has been.

Jun 20, 2018 | Full Review…

A great episode that sets several stages while still being an incredibly fun, strange, and entertaining hour of television.

Aug 8, 2016 | Full Review…

As wackadoo as American Horror Story is, they do often raise interesting themes.

Aug 8, 2016 | Full Review…

The premiere of American Horror Story: Asylum: I didn't love it, but I am INTERESTED.

Aug 15, 2016 | Rating: 8.3/10 | Full Review…

Fans will be more than delighted with this premiere, as American Horror Story: Asylum presents an intriguing mystery that is perfectly acted and just as darkly-goofy as the first season.

Aug 15, 2016 | Full Review…

I really have no clue where all this is going and it may eventually cross the line from fun-filled adventure to over-the-top mess. But for now I'm on board.

Aug 9, 2016 | Rating: 4.8/5 | Full Review…

Asylum's premiere might have been a lot to take in, and an awkward hodgepodge at times, but it's still gruesome fun.

Aug 9, 2016 | Rating: 7.4/10 | Full Review…