American Horror Story: Asylum Reviews

October 18, 2012
We are all too well-educated now in horror-movie tropes to really be surprised by any of this stuff. It's all in the execution, and to his great credit, Murphy executes this horror story with aplomb. And a lot of screaming.
October 18, 2012
It's a solid setup. And given the writers were tasked with coming up with a completely new storyline for an established hit, the foundation seems well laid and primed with numerous avenues to explore.
October 17, 2012
For those who can get on its wavelength, Asylum promises happy scares and a goofy good time.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 17, 2012
A lot of the time, Asylum played like a cross between the work of directors Sam Fuller and Rob Zombie.
October 17, 2012
One final warning before you plunge in: AHS: Asylum crosses a line for television (which is getting harder and harder to do). It goes beyond dark all the way to clerical black, the scourge of all light.
October 17, 2012
The first AHS rose above some of its twisted storytelling. Asylum simply keeps sinking -- from one depth to another.
Full Review | Original Score: D
October 17, 2012
Asylum feels like a more direct and all-out version of the show season one wanted to be.
October 17, 2012
Say what you want about the excesses of series creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, but this is one series where the DVD extras are likely better than the program itself.
October 17, 2012
The most surprising thing about Asylum is that, in its over the top way, it's a much more satisfying platform for exploring the set of social issues Murphy's other series - Glee and The New Normal- so badgeringly take on week after week.
October 17, 2012
At this point, aside from Ms. Lange, they don't have a lot to work with. Asylum would be better off if Briarcliff Manor had more furniture for them to chew.
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October 17, 2012
There's nothing particularly scary about this messy, overstuffed cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 17, 2012
All the updated labeling doesn't change the fact that, two episodes in, this new "Horror Story" is nearly as depraved, unapologetically over the top and engrossing as the first season was.
October 17, 2012
If you thought last year's show was a campy joke, this season's American Horror is so over-the-top, it makes Trog, the movie in which Joan Crawford in lab coat took the missing link to lunch, look like high art.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 17, 2012
This is still a cheeky, trashy, nasty series, one that'll do or show pretty much anything if it thinks it'll get a rise out of you. But its sense of itself has become more refined.
October 17, 2012
Horror has rarely been this much fun. Intentionally, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 17, 2012
Camp, not horror, is the soul and motivating force of AHS, and if you don't delight in the fate that befalls Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine in the season premiere, you are not resonating at AHS's frequency.
October 17, 2012
Less scary than freaky, it's deliberately unhinged-light horror about low camp, a showcase for scenery chewing and giddy blasphemy, an exploitation chamber piece.
October 17, 2012
Like a good scare? How about a bad scare? Or a thousand scares, good and bad and crazy? Season 2 of American Horror Story, subtitled Asylum, is for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4