The American anthology horror television series American Horror Story has proven how unpredictable the horror genre is. The TV series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk has shown terrifying, hilarious, mind-bending, and shocking scenes, and they have never failed to amaze us every season.
With each season following a unique storyline that could sometimes cross paths with other seasons, there are moments that are just so unforgettable. AHS is returning to TV for its sixth season in two days, so for this week’s Top List, I’m going to talk about six of my favorite AHS Moments.
WARNING: Contains Spoilers!
Number 6. Twisty the Clown’s Introduction (Freak Show Episode 1 “Monsters Among Us”)
All season long, I couldn’t really bear to watch Twisty the Clown, not only because he’s terrifying, but also because John Carroll Lynch is so amazing that he perfectly created the character one of Freak Shows most iconic characters. His introduction was the scariest moment of Twisty for me, not only because he stabbed a man on a picnic with his girlfriend with scissors, but also because this was the first time that I ever saw him.
For me, there is nothing more terrifying than clowns, and Twisty’s face is definitely something that you should not show your children if you don’t want them to fear clowns forever.
Number 5. Misty Day (Coven all season long)
After her very beautiful performance in Asylum as Sister Mary Eunice, Lily Rabe once again proved how talented of an actress she is as Coven’s Misty Day. A witch with the gift of resurgence, she was invincible. Her love for Stevie Nicks is one of the things that pretty much made up her entire storyline, which also gave us the best episode of the season “The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks.” Misty’s hell is also one of the most memorable moments of the season where she has to cut open a live frog for all eternity.
Another reason why I really loved Misty Day in Coven is she beat the hell out of Madison Montgomery. I fell in love with Lily Rabe in Asylum, and in Coven, she got me addicted.
Number 4. The Name Game (Asylum Episode 10 “The Name Game”)
The entire episode itself was already very good, but this musical number was the icing on top of the cake. Sister Jude, who is now known by her former name Judy was now a patient in the asylum, and she was taken to Dr. Arden for electroconvulsive therapy after acting rebellious to Sister Mary Eunice. She was left dazed after this, of course, and when she was approached by Lana, she hallucinates performing the song “The Name Game.”
Never in a million years have I thought that a horror television series could pull off a musical number like that. It was hilarious, but it felt wonderfully – and deliriously – inspired.
Number 3. Violet Finds Her Dead Body (Murder House Episode 10 “Smoldering Children”)
This moment should go down as one of the most shocking reveals in AHS history. I think everyone should already get a hunch as a scene was already shown prior to this where Violet always ends up in the house no matter where she tries to run. The sudden fly infestation was caused by Violet’s decaying body hidden in the crawl space at the basement, and it is revealed that Violet did not survive her initial suicide attempt in “Piggy Piggy.”
I really love the shock factor that this reveal provided to viewers like me. There weren’t any hints or obvious clues that would make you think about Violet being already dead. It is one of the reasons why AHS got me hooked.
Number 2. Dandy Mott (Freak Show all season long)
Dandy is one of the most disturbing characters on the show. He is beautiful, yes, but he has a really, really twisted mind. Being an only child, of course, he was spoiled, and this sort of made his character more colorful. Most of the unforgettable scenes in Freak Show were because of Dandy: taking Twisty’s mask after the clown’s death; paying the cop to kill Regina, Dora the maid’s daughter; bathing in a tub filled with blood; murdering all the freaks as he hums a tune in a psychotic rampage; and of course, every time he says “I hate you! I hate you! I hate you!”
Props to Finn Wittrock for being such an amazing actor. Dandy Mott is definitely his best role in the series so far, and hopefully, we will see more of him in future seasons.
Honorable Mentions before we reveal the top spot:
- Murder House Episode 5 “Halloween Part 2” – Tate’s School Shooting
- Murder House Episode 7 “Open House” – Moira Bites off Joe’s Penis
- Asylum Episode 6 “The Origins of Monstrosity” – Sister Mary Eunice’s “You Don’t Own Me”
- Asylum All Season Long – Sarah Paulson as Lana Winters
- Coven Episode 3 “The Replacements” – Queenie and the Minotaur
- Coven Episode 11 “Protect the Coven” – Fiona Goode and Marie Laveau forms an alliance
- Freak Show Episode 13 “Curtain Call” – Elsa Walks into the Big Tent to be greeted by the “freaks”
- Hotel Episode 1 “Checking In” – The Countess and Donovan’s Pre-Murder Foursome
- Hotel Episode 8 “The Ten Commandments Killer” – John is the Ten Commandments Killer
Number 1. Liz Taylor’s Death (Hotel Episode 12 “Be Our Guest”)
“You were always my fondest creation,” the Countess said before slicing Liz Taylor’s throat as the other ghosts watch. The scene starts off a little comic because of the other ghosts, but as it proceeded, and as Liz Taylor accepted her death, it was so heartfelt. Also, Denis O’Hare’s performance for the entire season was just so astounding that this felt like the right end for his character’s arc.
This scene was really emotional for me, because Liz Taylor was my favorite character in Hotel. I really loved the dynamics between her and Iris, and most importantly, her true love Tristan. Also, after Liz’s death, Tristan finally decided to show up, and his reason for not showing up any sooner was because he didn’t want to interfere with Liz’s motivations to live. Really, really emotional.
There you have it guys! What are your favorite moments from AHS? Leave a comment below!
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