American Horror Story returns with a new series, this time set in a mental asylum.
Following the success of its first series, atmospheric anthology series American Horror Story returns with a second season, American Horror Story: Asylum, and it’s just in time for Hallowe’en.
In the new series, which starts tonight at 10pm on FX, creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have moved the storyline on from its previous location in a haunted house in the present day, and transport audiences back in time to a 1964, setting the new tale in a fictional mental institution in western Massachusetts.
Through a series of flashbacks, it tells the terrifying tale of Briarcliff Manor which was bought by the Catholic Church and transformed into an asylum. It’s now home to Nazis, serial killers and mutants.
As well as featuring a completely new storyline, the series also boasts a cast of new characters. It follows the interconnected lives and deteriorating sanity of the patients, doctors and nuns who roam its creaky corridors.
Briarcliff is prowled by the likes of Dr Arden (James Cromwell), who can be seen in the clip above about to perform surgery on one of his unlucky patients. He resembles the notorious Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, with his penchant for experimenting on his patients inside and outside the asylum walls.
Sister Jude is also a new character (though played by the excellent Jessica Lange who featured in the first series). She’s a stern advocate of both faith and corporate punishment, but struggling with her own unholy demons.
Beginning in the present day, the series follows honeymooning couple Leo (Maroon 5’s Adam Levine) and Teresa into the abandoned asylum, as they embark on a kinky sex tour of the US’s “most haunted” places. However, they soon find out they are not the only ones there.
American Horror Story: Asylum starts on FX on Tuesday 30 November at 10pm