7 Reasons Why Asylum Was The Best Season of 'American Horror Story'

7 Reasons Why Asylum Was The Best Season of 'American Horror Story'

All monsters are human.

"American Horror Story" is one of the weirdest television shows out there. Each season is a new story, with new characters and plots. From haunted houses to witch covens, this show really has it all. Out of the 6 seasons, one has to rank supreme and be titled the best season. I recently re-watched all the seasons and came to the conclusion that the second season, "American Horror Story: Asylum" is the best season.

Other seasons contain memorable moments of horror, but Asylum is the one that stays with you longest, packed with a suffocating sense of dread with genuinely disturbing moments. Amongst all of the aliens, serial killers, Nazi doctors and demons, Asylum's descent into true madness created a story so haunting; we couldn't get enough. Here are some top reasons Asylum is the best. *SPOILERS AHEAD*

1. The storyline itself

Asylums are generally a popular setting for horror films, or stories, with good reason. They were filled with people who were deemed "mentally unstable" or even killers who weren't sent to prison. Many people died or were mistreated in asylums, making their history full of dark and haunting tales, perfect for any horror junkie. The time "American Horror Story" chose to set the story was perfect, and getting a deeper look inside the asylum's past and present was chilling.

2. Bloody Face

AHS is known for its creepy characters. We had Lady Gaga as a sex-crazed vampire queen, and Sarah Paulson playing a two-headed girl in a freak show. There have been many fan-favorites, but very little can top Oliver Thredson, AKA: Bloody Face. Aside from his mask giving me nightmares for a week, Bloody Face was truly terrifying. His twisted way of thinking and eerie way about him made us cringe. Oliver was cool, calm and collected around the asylum, making us think he could truly help Lana escape, only to find out he is the true killer that has been terrorizing the area. His torturing of Lana is enough to send shivers down your spine, but you can't help watching him.

3. Jessica Lange strikes again!

Jessica Lange has been the crowned jewel of "American Horror Story" for 4 out of the 6 seasons. In each role, she has been a powerful, witty, and no-nonsense woman. From the supreme to a ring leader of a freak show, she has been a fan-favorite for many reasons. Her role as Sister Jude is compelling, making it one of her best roles in the show. Her "fall" from grace was painful to watch; seeing her go from head of the asylum to being one of the brain-washed patients. She was full of fire, and determination that made people enjoy watching her. Jessica; if you see this, please come back. We miss you.

4. Lana Winters: The most badass reporter of her time

Lana-Banana, where do I even begin? She was a reporter, wanting to get into Briarcliff to get an insider scoop in the newest inmate: Bloody Face. She had no idea what she was in store for. From becoming a "patient" there for being a homosexual to being a prime target of the real Bloody Face, Lana Winters went through hell and back. She was the tiny ray of hope this show needed and kicked ass while doing it.

5. The name game

At first, I was not planning on including this. When I first watched this scene I was bored and confused about its purpose. Then after watching the season a couple more times, I realized I actually loved this scene. As we look into Jude's descent into madness, this scene provided some light in a truly dark point in the series. Also, it gives you a song to get stuck in your head for a couple days.

6. Evan Peters AKA Kit Walker looking hot as usual

When we first saw Even Peters in season 1, we were introduced to Tate, a lovable boyfriend who was also a psychopath. Now in season 2, he played Kit Walker, a lovable mechanic, convicted of being a serial killer of a woman: Bloody Face. We were immediately shocked that it was him, then slowly started to feel bad for Kit. Once we found out he wasn't Bloody Face; we were rooting for him 100%. All this time looking great!

7. A combination of everything piled under an Asylum roof

This show was jam-packed with a bunch of different plot twists and added themes. From alien abductions to Anne Frank showing up to the asylum, it was a matter of "what didn't this show have?" We got to see the change with Sister Mary Unice being possessed by the devil, to Dr. Arden's Nazi background. With all the different plot lines in the show, it made it a little confusing at times; but all the more entertaining to watch.

I love "American Horror Story." It is one of those creepy guilty pleasures that take you on a wild, horrific ride. The newer seasons are still good, but I will always go back to the originals!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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