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Nightmare Fuel / American Horror Story: Asylum

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  • The Raspers. We don't see much of them but we do know that they used to be human.
    • They make their visual debut in "Nor'Easter". Enjoy your dreams after seeing them up close...
  • Lana being admitted in to Briarcliff against her will.
    • Made all the more horrific by the fact that it's very much Truth in Television.
    • Her girlfriend threw her in there to keep her schoolteacher career, and when Lana tries to get a message to her, she is dead.
  • Lana's electro shock treatment.
    • Jude receiving the same.
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  • The Demonic Possession from "Tricks and Treats".
  • Shelley discovering that her legs have been amputated by Dr. Arden and becoming another one of his experiments.
  • Lana (Can the girl get a break?) discovering Wendy's corpse in Dr. Thredson's basement. Not to mention the mask made from her face.
    Dr. Thredson: Don't worry, she won't bite. I took her teeth.
    • Dr. Thredson explaining what he makes his furniture out of and how he does it. It's all the more disturbing because this was a guy who seemed relatively tame compared to Dr. Arden.
    • Bonus points for the agonizingly slow reveal of the character's true nature. Our first hints come during a seemingly innocuous scene in his living room, when Lana turns on a lamp with a shade made from human skin, and gets offered a bowl of mints made from a hollowed-out human skull.
  • Santa. He's a crook who has long-standing issues with Christmas (that left him with no Christmas spirit whatsoever and a desire to convince others not to have any), who dresses up as Santa Claus and murders people. He was locked up by Sister Jude when he arrived at the asylum and forgotten about until Eunice decided to use him against Jude.
  • Dr. Thredson is pissed. "You're going to be the start of a new Bloody Face..."
    • Kit and Lana manage to imprison him in a supply closet. Sister Eunice took care of that.
  • Lana attempting to give herself an abortion via coat hanger.
  • The sheer amount of torture Timothy Howard had to go through. He got drowned, crucified, and raped by his own subordinate, who he is later forced to kill.
  • Johnny skinning Teresa. Even with a Gory Discretion Shot, simply because of the agonized screams.
  • Dr. Arden cremating himself alongside Mary Eunice. Also qualifies for Tear Jerker.
  • Arden's response to someone asking if he's going to kill her: "Not exactly."
  • Arden's experiments on Kit in the first episode are bad enough (he cuts open his neck), but in hindsight, knowing that he's a former Nazi doctor who very likely did similar things to the prisoners in the camps makes it utterly stomach-churning.
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  • The beginning of The Nightmare Ends features a Once More, with Clarity! scene. Between shots of Leo and Teresa fooling around, we see Johnny lurking nearby the whole time, and getting very angry and sinister, starting when he hears Teresa posing for a picture next to some Bloodyface graffiti. The culmination of the scene has Johnny putting on a Bloodyface mask and chopping Leo's arm off. It's a Foregone Conclusion, but the build-up is still unnerving.