Did you watch the first episode of the latest installment to the American Horror Story franchise, Hotel, yet? It aired Wednesday night on FX. If you haven’t watched it yet, be forewarned, it’s darker, more sinister than it’s predecessors and there is A LOT more sex, nudity and gore. In fact, I was shocked at how much sex and nudity there was.
American Horror Story started several years ago. Instead of continuing the story line with each new season, American Horror Story comes up with an entirely different story line. Some of the main cast has stayed on through most seasons, but their roles are entirely different.
American Horror Story has had four seasons thus far – Murder House, Asylum, Coven and Freak Show. Hotel is their newest installment.
This season is the first season without Jessica Lange. Her replacement is none other than Stefani Germanotta, better known as “Lady Gaga.”
Jessica Lange is one of the last people I would picture in a series like American Horror Story. It’s hard to picture the same woman from Tootsie, Losing Isaiah and Men Don’t Leave as the cast of characters Jessica has portrayed in the American Horror Story series.
I liked Jessica’s look more in the first season (Murder House) and second season (Asylum). Last season (Freak Show) she looked a bit too “freaky” (pardon the pun).
Here are some of my favorite Jessica Lange looks from the first four seasons of American Horror Story.
Do you have a favorite Jessica Lange look from the American Horror Story franchise? If so, upload your favorite look on social media and use the hashtag #LooksofLange. I’m sure Jessica would love to see her fan’s favorite looks.
The fourth installment of American Horror Story: Freak Show is now available on Blu-ray/DVD.
Freak Show brings back many familiar faces including some new cast members. Freak Show stars Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Jamie Brewer, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Chiklis, Danny Huston, Ben Woolf, Mare Winningham, and Grace Gummer.
Freak Show is about Elsa Mars (Lange), the owner of Fräulein Elsa’s Cabinet of Curiosities, one of that remaining freak shows. The troupe live outside of town in Jupiter, Florida.
The Cabinet of Curiosities performers include the Bearded Lady (Bates), Lobster Hand Boy (Peters), the Strong Man (Chiklis), a three-breasted woman (Basset) and a variety of “freaks.”
Elsa’s latest addition are conjoined twins, Bette and Dot (both roles played by Paulson). Elsa sees the twins as a way of bringing her freak show back to life. She brings the sisters back to live with her and the others.
Bette is thrilled to be there. She feels like she has a home and friends there and that they can be happy there. Dot on the other hand doesn’t trust anyone and feels like they are being exploited for Elsa’s benefit.
Jimmy, the Lobster Hand Boy, falls in love with Bette, making things awkward for Dot.
Meanwhile a scary clown named Twisty is going around town murdering people. The Police suspect its someone from the freak show who is committing the murders and set out of find out who it is and arrest them.
A local mother and son rent out the freak show for the night. The wealthy mother wanted to do something for her spoiled “man-child” son Dandy. Dandy is pleased but when Bette and Dot refused to be bought by him, Dandy has a temper tantrum.
To make Dandy happy his mother mistakenly picks up Twisty the Clown to perform for Dandy. That is when Dandy discovers that it’s Twisty committing the murders, not the freaks. Instead of notifying the Police, Dandy wants to join Twisty and become like him, even if that means killing innocent people.
New people join the troupe who aren’t who they appear to be. They are people from a local museum hoping to acquire dead freak bodies to sell and profit from.
There are so many twists and turns in this installment. Miss a moment and you might get totally thrown off track. Just when you think you know what is going to happen you find out you are wrong.
Freak Show is now available on Blu-ray and DVD for your home viewing enjoyment.
There are a lot of bonus features worth checking out including;
- Getting Freaky: A Peek Under the Tent – A behind the scenes look at Freak Show as well as interviews with cast and crew.
- Two Heads are Better Than One – An in-depth look at this seasons freaky characters.
- Twisty: Behind the Mask of Terror – Don’t watch this if you are afraid of clowns. LOL!
- Freaklore: The Specter of Edward Mordrake
- Extra-Ordinary Artists
- Hollywood Freak Show Hollywood Premiere
This season was freaky (no pun intended), most especially Twisty the Clown. My boss at the time and I used to talk all about Twisty the next day after a new episode aired. He’s sure a creepy clown – especially because he doesn’t say anything.
The character of Dandy was amusing. I couldn’t imagine having a grown man-child as a son. Sometimes I thought he was more creepy than Twisty.
While most of the characters on Freak Show are made up, there are several characters who are real life “freaks” (and I DON’T mean that in an offensive way by any means! They are people just like you and I). See if you can figure out which ones (some are very obvious – and it’s not movie trickery either).
If you are a fan of American Horror Story or just like weird, creepy entertainment, then pick up a copy of American Horror Story: Freak Show where ever Blu-rays and DVDs are sold.
Please note that there is sex, nudity and a lot of graphic violence in this series.
Here is a trailer for your entertainment.
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.