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Fox Gets Gritty for ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’

11 Oct, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

Actresses Barbara Tarbuck (left) and Naomi Grossman

American Horror Story’ event ups the creep factor at abandoned hospital

LOS ANGELES — For the disc release of American Horror Story: The Complete First Season in 2012, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment took to a cemetery in Hollywood to promote the series.

That wouldn’t have been nearly scary enough for the Oct. 8 release of American Horror Story: Asylum.

The studio took over the famed, abandoned, and most probably haunted Linda Vista Community Hospital the night of Oct. 7, inviting fans of the FX series to tour the building’s recesses, and even spend the night if they were so bold. Attendees were shown the building’s morgue, boiler room, operating rooms and even the file room, where patient files are still scattered haphazardly around the floor and cabinets.

“I honestly loved it,” said Lark Spencer, a 36-year-old North Hollywood, Calif., resident who attended the event. “There’s a lot of history here, the films they made. You can feel a presence here … but I’m not scared of ghosts.”

The hospital has been host to several paranormal research investigations and has been used as a filming spot for dozens of TV shows and movies, including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “True Blood,” End of Days, Day of the Dead 2: Contagium and Insidious: Chapter 2.

Attendees were treated to the Blu-ray Disc bonus features of the second season, an exclusive showing of the first episode from the third season (American Horror Story: Coven), and a Q&A with two of the second-season stars: Naomi Grossman (Pepper) and Barbara Tarbuck (Mother Superior Claudia) — all in the hospital’s creepy-as-hell chapel, of course.

“I’m a fraidy-cat,” Grossman said. “I don’t even like to ride rollercoasters.”

“They don’t send me to things like this often,” Tarbuck joked, as a second Mother Superior Claudia wandered the halls, chiding attendees on their attire and make-up. “I’m afraid to go down to the boiler room here. [But], especially at this point in my career, to be part of something so hip [is special]. All the actors are amazing.”

Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto and James Cromwell play the lead roles in American Horror Story: Asylum.

Grossman said the franchise is “terrifying and exhilarating” and a “living, breathing” thing that’s enjoyed high ratings and great reviews for a reason. “The production value is shocking,” she said. “Everyone is on top of their game. It’s pretty outrageous.”

Tarbuck usually lets her grandchildren (ages 3 and 4) watch everything she’s in. Yeah, not “American Horror Story.”
“I have to edit this,” she laughed.

The DVD and Blu-ray releases of American Horror Story: Asylum include deleted scenes and featurettes covering the creatures of the show, the locations and more.

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