Anyone who has had the chance to watch and follow American Horror Story throughout its run knows that there are plenty of outrageous intimacy scenes to go around. Despite being a typical anthology horror series on the surface, American Horror Story has pushed past any and all pre-conceived boundaries that viewers might have had about intercourse and aggression prior to its premiere.
Whether that's involved strange variations on "oral activity" or vampire genre cliches, the sheer amount of gnarly "love" scenes in AHS is truly stunning to behold. It's not much of a surprise, then, why the show has proven to be too much for some viewers in the end, some of whom may even be horror fans in their own right.
So here are the weirdest "lovemaking" scenes from American Horror Story history, just in case you want a refresher on the show's craziest moments.
Queenie And The Minotaur In 'AHS: Coven'
Leave it to American Horror Story to feature an intercourse scene between a teen witch and a former man-turned-vicious Minotaur. Not to sound like a broken record or anything, but there was no way to see this one coming.
Indeed, the scene in question took place during the show's Coven season, when the rebellious and wise Queenie winds up in the same room as the dreaded Minotaur. But instead of begging for her life, Queenie offers herself up to the Minotaur, saying that they're both just wild beasts looking for love.
The Minotaur accepts Queenie's proposal and proceeds to do it with her and, by the time he finishes, leaves her just on the brink of quietus. Not exactly the story arc people might have been expecting for Queenie or the Minotaur, and certainly not something fans have been able to forget since seeing it for the first time.
Elsa's Dom History In 'AHS: Freak Show'
When Jessica Lange's Elsa was first introduced in American Horror Story: Freak Show, fans knew next to nothing about her. Not even how or why she was missing the bottom halves of her legs. But in true American Horror Story fashion, the answer turned out to be much more twisted and gut-churning than even the most daring of viewers could have imagined.
Revealed in a long flashback, viewers find out that Elsa used to be a highly in-demand dominatrix in Germany in the early 1900s. Shown in astonishing detail, it's even revealed that one of her extreme practices involved forcing her clients to sit down on nails every time they had to use the bathroom.
The sequence/montage is already shocking enough as it is, but the additional revelation that Elsa had her legs cut off by former clients as part of a snuff film just adds an extra level of tragedy and horror to the whole storyline.
Bette, Dot, And Chester In 'AHS: Freak Show'
It's hard to think of an American Horror Story visual that managed to be quite as impressive and constantly unnerving as Sarah Paulson's conjoined twins, Bette and Dot, in Freak Show. Promiscuous and ambitious in their own unique ways, Bette and Dot weren't ever very shy about saying what they wanted - or, in this particular case, who. An answer that, much to the chagrin of fans everywhere, turned out to be Neil Patrick Harris's creepy ventriloquist, Chester.
After openly stating that they both wanted to have relations with him, Chester accepted Bette and Dot's offer with just one condition: that his dummy would be able to watch. The visual itself of Chester doing it with Bette and Dot was unnerving enough for fans of the show, but the additional aspect of Chester's doll watching from the fringes just made it all a bit too much to bear.
Matt And The Witch Of The Wood In 'AHS: Roanoke'
Before it's revealed what's actually going on in the first half of the season, American Horror Story: Roanoke has some of the scariest horror movie moments in the show's entire catalog of episodes. But even with the added context of the season's later twists and reveals, there are a few moments that remain as legitimately disturbing and gut-churning as they did upon first viewing.
One of those is the moment when Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s Matt is spotted having sweaty intercourse with Lady Gaga's gross Witch of the Woods. To make matters worse, not only does Sarah Paulson's Shelby witness the encounter, but so do two of the woods' hillbillies, who stand close by and touch themselves in time with the act itself.
The way the sequence is shot, staged, and slowly revealed is about as jarring as anything else AHS has ever done, and for very good reason.