In it’s second season American Horror Story introduced the concept that each season would feature different settings, characters and plots. The second season dubbed Asylum told the story of a TB ward turned Church run mental hospital. As we met Lana, Sister Jude, Kit, and the other inhabitants and proprietors of Briarcliff we would be introduced to a whole new world. And much like Murder House, Asylum was chock full of references to famous films. So I present to you 13 films you might just enjoy. From alien abduction to serial killers and the Devil himself.
Session 9 A man hired to remove asbestos from an old rotting mental institution becomes engrossed when he discovers 9 tapes of sessions with one of the patients from 1974. Shot on location in a real abandoned asylum with minimal set dressing done to the set.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre A van full of teens encounter a family of cannibals. The lead antagonist of the film is Leatherface who wears the faces of his victims as a mask. He also makes simple furniture out of the flesh and bones of his various victims. Inspired by Ed Gein a real life serial killer who also inspired two of the other antagonists on this list.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo A journalist is hired by a man under the pretense of writing a biography before being informed he has actually been hired to investigate the disappearance of his niece several decades earlier. Uncovering that a series of murders, a family history of Nazism and a secret basement torture chamber.
The Silence Of The Lambs A young FBI trainee is asked to interview notorious cannibal Hannibal Lecter in hopes he can provide insight into murderer “Buffalo Bill” who has been killing and skinning women.
Pyscho Hitchcock’s greatest film tells the story of a woman who falls victim to a serial killer whose violent acts are a result of his relationship with his mother.
Silent Night, Deadly Night After watching his parents murdered on Christmas by a man in a Santa suit, a young man grows up troubled. He eventually becomes a spree killer who dons a Santa Claus outfit.
The Exorcist A single mother seeks the help of the church when left with no other options after her daughter becomes increasingly violent and seems to have supernatural powers. Two priests then battle the forces of evil for the soul of the little girl.
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest A man is sent to an mental institution while he is serving time for statutory rape of a 15 year old. While there he is subjected to the cruelty of Nurse Ratched who uses humiliation, unpleasant medical techniques and electroshock to keep patients in line.
Freaks A story about the lives of a group of circus performers many of whom make up the side show. Best known for using actual sideshow performers including the micro-cephalic Schlitzie.
The Devils A story of a nun who harbours a deep sexual desire for a priest. Features nuns masturbating, having orgies and having sex with a life size Jesus on the cross.
Fire In The Sky After a friend disapears during a UFO sighting a group of men are suspected of foul play despite their insistence that their friend was taken by extra terrestrials. When he is returned the abducted man experiences flash backs to violent medical examinations.
The Bad Seed Rhoda Penmark will do anything to get what she wants.The little girl uses her perfect image to mask the fact that she is capable of terrible things.
Jacob’s Ladder A soldier in Vietnam is injured during an attack. He wakes up on the NYC Subway and begins to experience increasingly more bizarre and violent hallucinations beginning to loose touch of what is real and what is only a figment of his imagination.