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The year is 1964. The setting is a former tuberculosis hospital that's now the Briarcliff insane asylum. The show is American Horror Story, season 2. And the goal is the scare the living daylights out of you.
Thrill-seekers, get ready! The official trailer for the second season of FX's creepy hit (premiering on Oct. 17 at 10 p.m ET) has arrived. View at your own risk (of nightmares).
Those of you acquainted with last season's version of this show, which was subtitled Murder House, will need to get out your Etch-a-Sketches and shake. Season 2, which is called Asylum, will be a "different kind of horror," says star Sarah Paulson.
The show will examine a more psychological form of terror. "Here you will repent for your sins to the only judge that matters," the institution's manager, Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), tells a broken, prostrate patient. There's a whiff of Kathy Bates in Misery here, but it's much worse when the perpetrators are nuns. (Would law enforcement ever suspect a nun of torture?)
In addition to freaky nuns and torture, the trailer shows a scared young soldier being taken into custody against his will, several shots of disheveled mental patients, and glimpse of a menacing sex scene.
"If there's another show like this, I've never seen it," says James Cromwell (the actor who's best known as the old farmer in Babe), in a preview on the show's website. "The part of the story that really interests me is that I believe Ryan [Murphy] is trying to talk about contemporary culture social mores." Hmmm, really? That's kind of a scary statement itself.
Cromwell is one of the show's newcomers. So is Chloe Sevigny, an actress with facial expressions ready-made for a horror film. But some members of the season 1 cast will also return, like Lange, of course, and Zachary Quinto.
"This season is completely insane," says Evan Peters, who plays a torture victim. "Everything, every frickin thing that you can be scared of, they're throwing at you." The actor himself seems unsettled by what he's gone through. Pyschotic nuns will do that to you.