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Mad Memories- Photographing Suitcases from New York State Mental Asylum

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In 1995, 400 suitcases were recovered from the attic of the Willard State Asylum in Upstate New York. Many patients died at the asylum and were buried in graves marked only by numbers. For many, these suitcases are the only traces left of these sad, lost, and lonely lives.

{click here to watch a creepy video infiltrating the now abandoned Willard State Asylum}

Dating between 1910 and 1960, photographer Jon Crispin has begun the chilling endeavour of cataloguing each suitcase and the contents therein. These people were deemed unfit for society, but Crispin’s photographs reveal a tragic humanity to the individuals whose memory remain in the mysterious objects and photos in these many bags and luggages.

Being the lovers of mystery we are, we couldn’t help but share some of these photos with you here, and the strange enigma they leave for us to ponder.

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[SOURCE: Daily Mail]

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“The Name Game” Challenge: Jessica Lange VS. Shirley Ellis

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It’s been about two weeks since American Horror Story: Asylum ended on FX, and for anyone who has seen the show, you will know that it is near impossible to get that rhythm and beat of Jessica Lange’s boppin’ rendition of the classic “The Name Game” which premiered in Episode 10 of the miniseries.

The scene, in which all the members of the cast work it out to the tune of Shirley Ellis’ 1964 hit is already sweeping the internet, and proves again that the show is there to push the boundaries of the genre, and take the story to the very outer limits of the audience’s expectation.

Surprising, Jessica Lange had never performed a sing and dance number throughout her expansive career, and so the scene was born, making everyone wonder why she hasn’t been shaking her thing and lip synching to herself before on screen. Absolutely electric, and ICONIC.

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Shirley Ellis, on the other hand, found immense success with the song, making her way to the top 3rd spot on the Billboard 100 with the number in 1965, but failed to have any follow-up success after this crazy song. It’s kind of a dirty word, but – one-hit-wonder, is often used to describe the career of Ms. Ellis who would release it a second time in the 60s, and again in 1973.

Now we are often looking for those bridges that lead us from the {Past} to the {Present}, and what better example than this! What we couldn’t manage was which version we enjoyed better?!

We grabbed videos of both Jessica Lange and Shirley Ellis performing the song, and were hoping to have a little battle, of sorts. They both have their merits, but we wanted to see which version struck the chord most with our readers!

So sit back, enjoy “The Name Game”,  and comment below which was your favourite!

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Nothing contrary about it. . . they’re both solidified into the zeitgeist, now!

So what did you think? who owned the challenge? Let us know in the comments below. You can also TWEET US or say your peace over on our FACEBOOK.

Don’t be shy!

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INSIDE THE ASYLUM: Costume Design of “American Horror Story Asylum”

Fresh off the latest episode of American Horror Story Asylum, entitled “I Am Anne Frank Pt. 1”, we were impressed to find this great short video of the costumes for FX‘s coolest, freakiest, and oddly style-wise series created by master minds Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.

Lou Eyrich takes us through Briarcliff Manor and the men and women inhabiting its walls. From the stern Sister Joan brilliantly played by Jessica Lange to the patients in the ward, Eyrich does a fantastic job at conjuring the realm in which the show inhabits.

Set in 1964, the show is a roller coaster of emotions that has departed from its haunted house roots and gone into the stratosphere of horror and things that haunt touching on everything from religious corruption, aliens, Nazis, demonic possession, genetic experimentation, sexual identity, mutations, and the true to life horrors of treating those deemed mentally ill in the 1960s.

Really, it’s everything we’ve ever wanted in a TV show and more, with every new week offering a more horrifying piece to the puzzle. The best thing is that the writing team for the show kept to heart the fact that the things that have happened in real life are far more terrifying than any monster with a face mask made of bloody skin. But hey, if that’s your jive, they have one of those too….

You can find more gruesome tidbits and behind-the-scenes moments from American Horror Story Asylum on their Facebook page. So check it out!

Enjoy the video!

Sincerely,

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