The Spookiest Set on Television
Ryan Murphy's macabre direction helped two Emmy winners craft a Victorian-inspired nightmare for "American Horror Story: Asylum."
With production values that rival those found on the big screen, production designer Mark Worthington's sets for American Horror Story: Asylum would have given even Hitchcock a fright. Drawing on influences from genre classics In Cold Blood, Nosferatu, The Exorcist and The Silence of the Lambs plus the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Worthington and set decorator Ellen Brill have imbued the FX show's central setting -- the fictional mental institution Briarcliff Mansion -- with creepy verisimilitude in league with The Shining's Overlook Hotel, Dracula's gothic castle and the abandoned factories of Hostel. The show's interiors, built on the Paramount lot, abound with electroshock chambers and stark labs filled with menacing medical paraphernalia.
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