The 22 Most Grotesque Things That Have Happened On 'American Horror Story'

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Vote up the times 'AHS' had you cringing with revulsion.

When Ryan Murphy created American Horror Story, he weaved a tangled web of co-mingling characters who are all more horrific than the next. The show, which is arguably one of the most shocking on television, is chock-full of some of the scariest horror movie tropes. With all the gross things that happen on American Horror Story, it seems like the writers' room is constantly trying to one-up themselves. That's kind of their M.O.

If you're looking for the most violent things to happen on American Horror Story, look no further. These are the most disturbing American Horror Story moments found on the show.

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    The Addiction Demon In 'Hotel'

    The Addiction Demon In 'Hotel'
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    Ryan Murphy warned viewers that a disturbing assault scene was going to happen in the premiere of Hotel. There's no way anyone could imagine just how grotesque that scene would actually be. At the time, Murphy regarded it as "the most disturbing scene we've ever done."

    The scene occurs in the Hotel Cortez right after Gabriel (Max Greenfield) checks into his room. Gabriel shoots up, and as soon as the high hits him, a creepy, wrinkly skinned demon pushes him onto the bed. The demon, dubbed "The Addiction Demon," wears a strap-on of pointed metal that looks like a drill bit.

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    Lana Winters's Self-Given Abortion In 'Asylum'

    Lana Winters's Self-Given Abortion In 'Asylum'
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    Lana's (Sarah Paulson) DIY abortion is a cringe-inducing scene. After finding out she's pregnant with Dr. Thredson's child, AKA Bloody Face, Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson) attempts to give herself an abortion the old-fashioned way - with a coat hanger.

    Her abortion is unsuccessful but also unspeakably bloody.

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    Shelley Crawling Into The Playground In 'Asylum'

    Shelley Crawling Into The Playground In 'Asylum'
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    In one of American Horror Story's more visually grotesque moments, Season 2's Shelley (Chloe Sevigny) suffers cruelly at the hands of Dr. Arden (James Cromwell). After undergoing medical testing, Shelley is left at an elementary school where she crawls out into a playground full of children begging for help.

    Shelley's amputated body and rotting skin are gross enough without the added horror of being found by children.

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    Elsa Mars Losing Her Legs In 'Freak Show'

    Elsa Mars Losing Her Legs In 'Freak Show'
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    One of the most powerfully disturbing moments in Freak Show is when the reason for Elsa Mars's (Jessica Lange) missing legs is revealed. In a flashback, viewers learn that Elsa was a dominatrix in Germany. She was drugged and tricked into filming a snuff film. Elsa's legs are sawed off completely and she's left to perish.

    The kicker is that her legs aren't sawed off by just anyone. Her precious stems are cut short by Hans Gruper (John Cromwell) seen previously in Season 2's mental asylum.

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    Madame LaLaurie Visits Her Chamber In 'Coven'

    Madame LaLaurie Visits Her Chamber In 'Coven'
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    Madame Delphine LaLaurie may just be Kathy Bates's best character to date on American Horror Story. She's definitely among the most deranged characters portrayed. Even though Madame LaLaurie gets an interesting and strangely poignant arc through her time on Coven, she starts the show off with a bang. 

    In Season 3's opening sequence, LaLaurie takes a slave from her household up to her secret torture chamber, accusing him of assaulting her daughter. There she puts a bull's head on the innocent man and chains him up. In the chamber are even more people in various stages of torment, all to serve the dark pleasure of this horrible historic woman. 

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    Mr. Guinea Meets A Microwaved End In 'Cult'

    Mr. Guinea Meets A Microwaved End In 'Cult'
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    Oz, the child of Ally and Ivy Mayfair-Richards in Season 7, is going to grow up to be one messed up adult. It's bad enough his spooky babysitter, Winter (Billie Lourd), thinks showing him awful videos on the dark web is character-building. When the neighbors give him a guinea pig and his moms say he can keep the cute critter, he's excited to hurry home to see his new pet.

    He arrives just in time to discover that Mr. Guinea has been put in the microwave.