The 50 Most Disturbing Things 'American Horror Story' Has Ever Aired

An official ranking.

<p>Twisty, the mouthless, nightmare-inducing clown, approaches a sweet, naive couple in a park for hands down the most terrifying scene of the series. Twisty picks up a juggling pin and proceeds to beat the boy to a bloody pulp. </p>

It's official: American Horror Story: Cult is just a few weeks away. As we wait to see what Ryan Murphy has in store for us, we rounded up and ranked the 50 most disturbing moments in AHS history.

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#50 CHESTER SAWS MAGGIE ("Freak Show")

Call it cliche, but Chester (Neil Patrick Harris) sawing Maggie (Emma Roberts) in half during a performance was extremely disturbing and majorly out of left field. Sure, he was fed up with her B.S., but that's one messed up way to go.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE -- Pictured: Lily Rabe as Shelby. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX
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#49 BLOOD MOON RITUAL ("Roanoke")

At the beginning of the Blood Moon Ritual, Elias (Denis O'Hare) is shot with three arrows. Immediately, Matt (Andre Holland) and Shelby (Lily Rabe) make a run for it with hearts beating so fast, we could practically feel it ourselves.

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#48 MONSTER BED ("Hotel")

Of course a scary-ass story is incomplete without a few naive suckers. Enter: the poor, poor tourists who decided to check into the hotel. The couple is greeted and attacked by a terrifying monster that lives in their mattress.

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#47 THE END OF ROANOKE ("Roanoke")

The Butcher (Kathy Bates), evil as she may be, gets revenge on those who had betrayed her by murdering the entire Roanoke Colony.

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OK, Madame LaLaurie had it coming, but when she enters an eternal hell of continuous torture, we couldn't help but shudder.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY, l-r: Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton in 'Birth' (Season 1, Episode 11, aired December 14, 2011), 2011-, ph: Ray Mickshaw/©FX Networks/courtesy Everett Collection
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#45 VIVIEN'S LABOR ("Murder House")

After a long, bloody delivery, only one of Vivien's twins survives. Vivien, who is slowly dying, is greeted by Violet who urges her to let go and join her in death, while Ben (unaware of Violet's presence) pleads for Vivien to fight. The dramatic, and exhausting, scene ends with Vivien's death.

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#44 BURNED AT THE STAKE ("Roanoke")

After the long-awaited return of Taissa Farmiga, her character Sophie is burned alive alongside Milo (Jon Bass) as the Roanoke clan discovers them.

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#43 THE THREESOME ("Coven")

Sure, this scene didn't call for blood or guts, but a threesome between dead teens isn't exactly something you overlook. Plus, the dynamic between Zoe, Kyle, and Madison will always get us.

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#42 MIRROR-TO-MIRROR ("Murder House")

Constance is one, cruel bitch, but when she locks her daughter Addie in a room full of mirrors, our stomachs churned.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW, right: Evan Peters in 'Edward Mordrake, Pt. 1' (Season 4, Episode 3, aired October 22, 2014). ph: Michele K. Short/©FX/courtesy Everett Collection
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Jimmy (Evan Peters), who has deformed, claw-like fingers, works as a prostitute for bored housewives, and the all-too-graphic details scarred us for good.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY -- "Checking In" Episode 501 (Airs Wednesday, October 7, 10:00 pm/ep) Pictured: Sarah Paulson as Sally. CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX
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#40 SALLY'S TRIP ("Hotel")

In a drugged out state, Sally (Sarah Paulson) literally sews herself to the corpses of her bandmates. And yes, we can never look at sewing needles the same way again.

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Trapped in her own, private purgatory, Misty (Lily Rabe), the animal-loving Earth child, is forced to continuously slice open a frog in science class.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY, Connie Britton in 'Piggy, Piggy' (Season 1, Episode 6, aired November 9, 2011), ph: Ray Mickshaw/©FX Networks/courtesy Everett Collection
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#38 ULTRASOUND FROM HELL ("Murder House")

It didn't take much to know that something evil was cooking in Vivien's belly, but her ultrasound appointment confirms just how rapidly her baby is developing. That fainting ultrasound technician is basically all of us.

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We already knew Lady Gaga's role on American Horror Story was going to be epic, and the bloody, deathly orgy that accompanied her first episode certainly did not disappoint.

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#36 THE EXORCISM ("Asylum")

A scary story without an exorcism is basically peanut butter without jelly. Asylum's second episode reveals a teenage boy's crazy exorcism, and as he dies, his spirit enters Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe).

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW "Blood Bath"- Episode 408 (Airs Wednesday, December 2, 10:00 PM e/p) --Pictured: Finn Wittrock as Dandy Mott. CR: Michele K. Short/FX
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#35 DANDY'S KILLING SPREE ("Freak Show")

Pro tip: If Dandy knocks on your door, you don't answer. When Dandy murders an entire group of women, gouging out their eyes and leaving their bodies in a pool, our appetite was spoiled for eternity.

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The piercing scream that Lana lets out as she discovers Thredson is Bloody Face will honestly forever haunt our dreams (and ears).

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#33 THE TWISTED TWINS ("Roanoke")

After abusing elderly patients for the hell of it, the twisted twins finally get the karma they deserve—after being dragged into the woods, one is ripped from limb to limb, and the other's head is chopped off.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW, Jessica Lange in 'Curtain Call' (Season 4, Episode 13, aired January 21, 2015). ph: Sam Lothridge/©FX/courtesy Everett Collection
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#32 ELSA'S LEGS ("Freak Show")

In a crazy-visual flashback, Elsa's (Jessica Lange) disturbing past is revealed. Once a prominent escort, Elsa's career came to a grim end after being tied to a bedpost as her legs were cut off with chainsaws—all of which was caught on film and sold for profit.

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Spalding's knack for tea parties is terrifying in itself, but when we learn he held onto Madison's corpse as a part of his doll collection, it's taken to a new, disturbing level.

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Is it really American Horror Story without someone's guts being ripped out? In Roanoke's fourth episode, the Butcher rips Cricket Marlowe (Leslie Jordan) inside and out.

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#29 MA PETITE'S DEATH ("Freak Show")

Proving that there is not a sweet bone in American Horror Story's body, in a surprising and upsetting moment, Dell (Michael Chiklis) embraces Ma Petite in a hug, only to snap her neck and kill her.

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After Fiona's approval, Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) attempts to get her psychic visions back. Her game plan? Stabbing herself in the eyes with a pair of garden shears.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, l-r: Taissa Farmiga, Mare Winningham in 'The Replacements' (Season 3, Episode 3, aired October 23, 2013). ph: Michele K. Short/©FX/courtesy Everett Collection
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#27 KYLE'S MOM ("Coven")

As Kyle's mother climbs into bed with him, we had a feeling something wasn't right. But as she begins to molest Kyle and tears stream down his face, we learn a heart-wrenching dynamic of his past.

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We weren't exactly anticipating the Addiction Demon to be a harmless character, but the horrific, drill-bit dildo rape scene in Hotel's first episode was nearly too much to handle.

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#25 BLOOD BATH ("Freak Show")

Murdering your mother is one thing. Murdering your mother and taking a bath in her blood is another—and that's just what Dandy (Finn Wittrock) did to Gloria (Frances Conroy).

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Spalding's (Denis O'Hare) tongue (or lack thereof) was always an interesting storyline. But instead of having it ripped out in a bloody brawl like many of us had imagined, Spalding reveals he cut it out himself to keep quiet about a murder.

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#23 THE PINK CUPCAKES ("Freak Show")

In a super-twisted daydream, Stanley (Denis O'Hare) feeds twins Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson) two poisonous, pink cupcakes. The twins' mouths fill up with foam and they die, while Denis envisions selling them for display in the "Freak Museum."

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#22 MILLIE'S TATTOO ("Freak Show")

Millie (Grace Gummer) learns a lesson from her evil dad in a straight-up horrific scene. After hanging out with the "freaks," Millie awakes to a completely tattoo faced, courtesy of her pops.

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#21 PEEK-A-BOO ("Roanoke")

Pop-out scenes never cease to scare us, and Shelby (Lily Rabe) discovering the Piggy Man behind a shower curtain made us legitimately jump.

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