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American Horror Story: Freak Show

FX, Wednesdays 10 p.m.

Oct 08, 2014 Web Exclusive
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Jessica Lange is back leading American Horror Story, this time as Elsa Mars, the fame seeking, washed-up Vaudeville actress and ringmaster of Freak Show. Craving the stardom that eluded her as a younger performer, Elsa recruits freaks, "human oddities" that performor at least, put themselves on displayin her traveling act. Her roster of talent includes a bearded lady (Kathy Bates as Ethel Darling); Bette and Dot Tattler, Siamese twins (Sarah Paulson, who does a great job portraying two completely different, yet conjoined characters); Desiree Dupree (a three-breasted woman played by Angela Bassett); and Jimmy Darling (Evan Peters), whose deformed hands have earned him the moniker, Lobster Boy. The longer the freak show is in town, the higher the body count rises, due in part to a killing spree carried out by a deranged clown. Frances Conroy, Emma Roberts, and Denis O'Hare also all return for this fourth season of horror.

Creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk landed a hit three years ago when American Horror Story first premiered. Right off the bat, the show's gorgeous and artsy visuals, coupled with genuine creepiness and stellar performances made it a (cult) classic. Some seasons have been much stronger than othersAsylum was a kitchen sink of horror tropes that didn't always workbut given the series' structure, un-enthralled fans wouldn't have to wait long before another setting changed things up. Freak Show starts off strong, offering more than just a taste of the spooky, bloody, quirky season to come. It's clear while watching Freak Show that all involved had fun while making itand why shouldn't theyand their joy seeps into the viewing experience. Even when it's not scream-out-loud terrifying, Freak Show is an act worth seeing when it comes to town. (

Author rating: 7.5/10

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