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 - from grotesque rape scenes to serial killers making furniture out of human skin. 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.
American Horror Story spans seven seasons and with each new episode comes renewed disbelief over what the network will actually allow on TV (it's almost certain the FCC has fielded a multitude of complains). Some of the most WTF things on AHS include zombie sex, death by drill-bit-dildo, and DIY abortions. What really makes each of these incidents more terrifying than the last are the accompanying backstories. Ryan Murphy has a way of building multi-faceted characters that we deeply feel for. It's more than just cheap thrills.
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 – from Murder House to Cult.
The Addiction Demon In 'Hotel'
Ryan Murphy warned viewers that a disturbing rape 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, an addict, shoots up heroin and as soon as the high hits him a creepy, wrinkly-skinned demon - who looks like a cross between a burn victim and a walking maggot - pushes him onto the bed. The demon, dubbed the "The Addiction Demon," wears a strap-on dildo of pointed metal that looks like a drill bit. The demon rapes Gabriel as Sally (Sarah Paulson) the junkie ghost walks in and screams for Gabriel to tell her, "I love you, Sally." He mutters "I love you, Sally," and the demon disappears.
It's enough to turn anyone clean sober.
When Elsa Mars Loses Her Legs In 'Freak Show'
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 die. The kicker is that her legs aren't sawed off by just anyone. Her precious stems are cut short by Nazi doctor Hans Gruper (John Cromwell) seen previously in Season 2's mental asylum.
Lana Winters's Self-Given Abortion In 'Asylum'
Asylum is a never-ending mix of brutal craziness and 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.
When Shelley Crawls Into The Playground In 'Asylum'
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, torture and amputation, 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.