AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM Reveals Modern-Day Bloody Face Killer; Plus a Sneak Peek at the Next Episode, “Unholy Night”

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Fans of American Horror Story: Asylum have been wondering who is behind the mask of the modern-day Bloody Face serial killer. The show’s co-creator, Ryan Murphy, recently revealed the actor who will play him, but not the connection to the characters in the asylum. Not explicitly, anyway. We’ve kept the sizable spoiler until after the jump, but the actor did confirm Murphy’s statement via Twitter with an image to boot.

The horror anthology follows a group of patients and “caregivers” in an asylum in 1964. One of the inmates is suspected of being a serial killer of women, known as Bloody Face. Another killer in our contemporary time has donned the same mask and the same signature killing style. but who could it be? Hit the jump to find out, along with a sneak peek of the next episode. 

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Before I get to the reveal, here’s a video sneak peek of the upcoming episode, just in case you landed here by accident:

How great is that? Ian McShane as a deranged Santa Claus? Sold!

Ready for the reveal? Murphy confirmed (via EW) that season one star Dylan McDermott will return to American Horror Story as the modern-day killer behind the Bloody Face mask:

“Yes. Dylan is modern-day Bloody Face. So the question is, Why is he the modern-day Bloody Face? What is he doing? And that’s revealed in episode 9.”

McDermott confirmed via Twitter with the following quote:



As the New “Bloody Face” I mean business! Bar your windows. I’M COMING!!!

Here’s a look at McDermott as Bloody Face (via EW):


Some fans, including myself, took McDermott to task over the reveal, but he responded that he only Tweeted about the character after Murphy had already let the secret out. Why they chose to do it is beyond me, especially if Bloody Face’s connections are going to be revealed after this week’s episode anyway. Collider’s commenters prove once again that they’re the smartest on the web, because a number of you thought that the voice on the phone call to the police was McDermott’s. You also nailed what I think is going to be the reason behind McDermott playing Bloody Face, which may or may not form quite the interesting connection to season one. It’s just a shame they didn’t wait for the show to reveal everything organically.

Be sure to tune in to FX this Wednesday at 10 for American Horror Story: Asylum, where Jenna Dewan-Tatum will most likely be under the knife of McDermott’s Bloody Face.


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  • chanandeler bong

    i think the idea brought up in the last week recap by a reader, that ben harmon was the child of thersden and lana, seems implausible.(its a brilliant theory nonetheless, esp considering that ben harmon has spoken to tate about how he had a rough childhood and almost didnt become a psychiatrist) ben harmon died in 2011 according to the date cards shown in the series. and the new bloody face is up and running in 2012.
    having said that, would it be too far fetched to say that sister jude maybe goes on to become constance langdon? its stated in the first series that constance moved to los angeles in 1970, if u’d somehow assume jude to be 30, that’d make her 37 when she had tate(in ’77), 43 when she murdered her husband for cheating (in ’83), 54 when tate was killed (in ’94) and yea, pushing 70 when harmons moved in.(’11)

    • Frankie

      I took it that when the reader commented that he predicted modern-day Bloody Face was “Ben Harmon” he was meaning not the character Ben Harmon but the actor, Dylan McDermott. That’s all.

    • Frankie

      I think the only logical direct connection that there could be between Season 1 and Season 2 is if it is revealed that Adam Levine’s character and his wife had sex in the “murder house” of Season 1. (Recall that they were on a cross-country honeymoon to have sex in famous haunted places.) This would be a trivial, meta reference.

  • BobBurger

    Has the world gone mad???? Am I the only one pissed that this was revealed prematurely?

    • Dave Trumbore

      I’m right there with you. As much as we bitch about creative types being secretive, we really don’t want them to give the secrets away until their work does it for them. Might have just been a slip-up on Murphy’s part with the follow-up capitalizing on the interest. Still sucks though.

      • BobBurger

        I really hope it was a slip-up…I’ve heard about Ryan Murphy being insanely arrogant, which who knows, but this move would almost have me believe such. If this was on purpose I feel it shows complete disrespect for fans and storytelling in general. I’m just left wondering what the heck is the point? Thanks for the support Dave, I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone when no one else was complaining and just spreading the spoiler like mad on Twitter.

  • Mike Justice

    There is no way in hell Sister Jude is Constance Langdon. They are two totally different characters. Just as the possessed nun and the mad doctor’s wife from Season 1 are two characters. And the Bloody Face and that gay bitch from Season One are two characters. I don’t think “Ben Harmon” is Bloody Face. It’s just another character played by that weirdly hot (for 50 years old) Dylan McDermott.

  • Mike Justice

    There is no way in hell Sister Jude is Constance Langdon. They are two totally different characters. Just as the possessed nun and the mad doctor\’s wife from Season 1 are two characters. And the Bloody Face and that gay bitch from Season One are two characters. I don\’t think \"Ben Harmon\" is Bloody Face. It\’s just another character played by that weirdly hot (for 50 years old) Dylan McDermott.

  • Ben

    Asylum has been great so far, definitely chilling. I think Ian McShane as a psychotic Santa should be really creepy. My coworker at DISH and I are also excited to see Dylan McDermott coming back to the show after last season. Every week I check out the new episode on my DISH Hopper. It has over 400 hours of HD recording time, which means I can record the whole season and not miss a second. I’ve got the first season recorded already and I think I’ll have an Asylum marathon before the finale this season. Now that we know who Bloody Face is, I think there will be a lot of speculation about how he became Bloody Face. I think he is Lana and Oliver’s son and he was likely given up for adoption. There is no connection between Constance Langdon and Sister Jude, the stories in season one and Asylum are completely separate.

    • Chris

      Lol. I love the Dish plug. You still dont get Breaking Bad though!

  • Pouty06

    I wish Ryan Murphy would of waited a little longer to reveal bloody face and also the current bloody face. We as watchers want to know the secrets but also want some suspense to linger. It’s as if he is trying to squeeze everything in one episode as possible. In that case make the asylum either 20 episodes or two seasons.

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