The season premiere of American Horror Story: Asylum seems to be living up to the buzz created by the "Murder House" storyline in season one, as the darker, drabber "Welcome to Briarcliff," premiered on FX Wednesday night to critical acclaim.

AHS: Asylum begins in the present day, when Adam Levine and Jenna Dewan-Tatum's newlywed characters, who have a thing for haunted houses, visit the old condemned site of Briarcliff in order to christen it with their love because, ya know, ghosts make them horny.

And if that sounds revolting, take heart. Levine's character is later relieved of his arm, not to mention his life, upon encountering a ghost / monster / serial killer / creature called "Bloodyface" / all of the above, whom he has apparently disturbed.

When American Horror Story finally takes us back to 1964, we are re-introduced to new characters in the skins of the Murder House actors, such as Sarah Paulson as a lesbian reporter who snoops around the asylum investigating the mysterious character of Bloodyface before pissing off the wrong sister and getting herself committed.

In the meantime, we meet Kit Walker (Evan Peters), who claims that he was abducted by aliens and that's why his wife went missing — not that he killed her; Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe), who plays it close to the vest, Shelly the Nymphomaniac, convincingly portrayed by Chloe Sevigny, and Dr. Arden (James Cromwell), who prides himself on being a man of science and takes a perverse pleasure in performing sick experiments on his hapless asylum patients. Not to mention, of course, Jessica Lange as Sister Jude, who has her hand in every pot, including, perhaps, Monsignor Timothy Howard's (Joseph Fiennes).

And there's more to watch out for in next week's episode, "Tricks and Treats," like Zachary Quinto's character, Dr. Oliver Thresdon, and a possible exploration of the question: What exactly lives in the woods?

Check out American Horror Story: Asylum on FX Wednesay nights at 10 p.m. EST.

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