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American Horror Story: Asylum

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  • American Horror Story: Asylum
  • Editor: various
  • Director: various
  • Producer: various
  • Year: 2012
  • Country: US
  • 40 minutes

necrophilia, aversion therapy,

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In the year 1964, the church-owned Briarcliff Manor, located in Massachusetts, was founded to treat and house the criminally insane. A man accused of being prolific serial killer 'Bloody Face' after the disappearance of his wife is incarcerated at Briarcliff, though he claims she was abducted by aliens. This piques the interest of ambitious journalist Lana, who is yearning to find a story for her big break.

At Briarcliff, many of the patients claim to be unjustly institutionalized, including micro-cephalic Pepper, who was framed for her nephew's murder; nymphomaniac Shelley. The man, believed to be a violent serial killer, he becomes the subject of interest of a pragmatic psychiatrist and the sadistic Dr. Arden, the latter of whom routinely conducts scientific operations on patients.

The institution is run under the watchful eye of the stern Sister Jude and her second-in-command, the naive Sister Mary Eunice, and the founder of the institution. Briarcliff's inhabitants are routinely subject to supernatural and scientific influences, including demonic possession and extraterrestrial abduction.

Qvamp says:

Lana, the main character in Season 2 is a lesbian. Her lesbian relationship and orientation is central to the entire plot.

Her partner, who is a school-teacher, is threatened with blackmail if she doesn't have her partner committed against her will. While in the asylum, she is given aversion/conversion therapy to make her straight.

Like most of the seasons of American Horror Story, queer actors are prominent. For this season it includes Sarah Paulson and Zachary Quinto

Rating B+
Queer Vampire Rating A
Amount of Gay Content same-sex relationship

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