Wednesday, October 15, 2014

American Horror Story, Season 4, Episode 1

American Horror Story is back for another season and this time the story revolves around a freak show which is interesting. The first thing that I thought of when I saw this episode is the movie Freaks which is very old, but it is in the same vein as this. It stars Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson.

Jessica Lange stars as Elsa Mars, a German woman who owns a freak show in Jupiter, Florida in 1952. Her show is not bringing in much money and she is worried. She finds out about a 'monster' who is brought into a hospital after her mother is killed and she is attacked. The hospital staff are horrified as she is not normal. She is one of a pair of conjoined Siamese twins. One is called Bette and the other Dot. They have different personalities. Elsa talks to her and gets her to join her freak show.

Meanwhile, Twisty the clown played by John Carroll Lynch is on a murder spree. His face is very creepy I have to say. He takes two young people and keeps them in his lair.What he is going to do with them, I shudder to think. At the freak show, Bette and Dot meet the workers. There is the bearded lady,Ethel(Kathy Bates) and her son Jimmy(Evan Peters) who has unusual hands. There are plenty more freaks in the show and they are like one big family. 

When a cop comes to question Bette and Dot about their mother's murder, the freaks defend her and
when the cop calls them freaks, Jimmy loses it and kills him. They all cut him up later and bury him.
It turns out that Bette and Dot did kill their mother. A rich guy called Dandy Mott(Finn Wittrock) and his mother, Gloria(Frances Conroy) go to see the freak show and Dandy wants to buy some of the freaks. Elsa refuses them. Twisty visits the freak show and watches the freaks hacking the cop up. They don't see him at all. The episode ends with the revelation that Elsa has her two legs amputated at the knee.

This season started very well and the horror was amped up for this episode. I am looking forward to this series and I think that it will be one of the best ones yet. Bring it on!!!


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