10. “Welcome To Briarcliff” – Season 2, Episode 1
How does a series
begin to pick up the pieces after such a shocking first season? If your answer
was “with Maroon 5’s Adam Levine,” then you’re correct… unfortunately. In all
seriousness, the first episode of American Horror Story’s second season packs a serious punch
with some truly awful displays of horror, straight off the bat.
At the beginning of the episode, we meet Leo (Levine) and Teresa, a pair of newly-weds who, for whatever godforsaken reason, have decided to spend their honeymoon in the wreckage of Briarcliff Asylum. Things take a sharp turn for the worse when Leo promptly gets his arm ripped off by an unseen creature.
Flashing back to 1964, we meet Kit Walker, on whom tragedy befalls almost immediately. Aliens abduct Kit's wife, causing him to get committed to Briarcliff; police suspect Kit to be the infamous ‘Bloody Face Killer’ after finding his wife's body cut to pieces. But wait! As if that wasn’t enough, we also meet Lana Winters, a reporter who had come to Briarcliff to investigate. Horror soon strikes in the asylum when Lana blacks out, waking up to find herself strapped to a prison bed.
Needless to say, this episode crams in a tonne of unsettling nightmarish moments to set a phenomenally abysmal tone for the rest of the season.