American Horror Story - Asylum, Episode 8 - Rotten Tomatoes

Unholy Night



Critic Consensus: "Unholy Night" makes up for its transitional storyline and unanswered questions with a welcome return to the grotesque and a standout scary performance from new cast member Ian McShane.

Episode Info

A killer who dresses as Santa Claus is an inmate at Briarcliff. As Sister Mary Eunice organises a Christmas party, Sister Jude returns to confront her... but Sister Mary Eunice thinks it's time for 'Santa' to come out and play.


Jessica Lange
as Sister Jude, Sister Jude Martin
Sarah Paulson
as Lana Winters
Evan Peters
as Kit Walker
Lily Rabe
as Sister Mary Eunice, Sister Mary Eunice McKee
Zachary Quinto
as Dr. Oliver Thredson
James Cromwell
as Dr. Arthur Arden
Joseph Fiennes
as Monsignor Timothy Howard
Ian McShane
as Leigh Emerson
Barbara Tarbuck
as Mother Superior Claudia
Chris McGarry
as Martin Lancaster
Lara Harris
as Rhonda Lancaster
Jennifer Holland
as Nurse Blackwell
Tehya Scarth
as Susie Lancaster
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Critic reviews for Unholy Night

I guess it was time for an episodic bridge, an installment with dialogue set to soap-opera music (and an instrumental of the creepiest carol, "Hark How the Bells"), but it seemed a little bit on the nose compared to weeks past.

August 30, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

We sure saw a fair volume of [blood] spilled in this twisted Christmas spectacular!

August 30, 2016 | Full Review…

Often confusing but never boring mess.

June 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Leave it to American Horror Story to want us needing more.

August 29, 2016 | Full Review…

The good news is that on this episode of "AHS" Santa is played with sadistic glee by Ian McShane ("Deadwood"). No matter how bad his Santa is, that's still pretty damn good.

August 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Featuring Ian McShane (Deadwood) as a deranged Santa Claus, tonight's episode wasn't just a fantastic addition to the series so far, but a stand-alone dark holiday classic.

August 29, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

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