No sequence better distills the surreality of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story than the one you’ll see below, in which Jessica Lange’s German carnival owner Elsa Mars belts out a David Bowie hit dressed as David Bowie, 19 years before the song was released.
As premieres go, it wasn’t quite as strong as our introduction to Rubber Suit Man in the first season, but it’s definitely more confident in its universe building than Asylum and Coven. Though it’s too soon to really call it, I’m already on board with calling Freak Show a winner.
If you’ve been really tuned in to American Horror Story, you may already know that Jessica Lange has been planning for Freak Show to be her last appearance in the popular FX series. Lange’s such an integral part of the American Horror Story franchise, it’s tough to imagine the series without her, and luckily for fans, Ryan Murphy is not willing to let go of his leading lady without a fight.
Ryan Murphy is a pretty loyal guy, and if he finds a network or studio he likes, he will often continue to work with that network or studio. In the past, he’s worked on multiple projects with HBO, and now, Murphy’s signing on for another TV series with FX. FX has picked up American Crime Story, a new show that will have similarities to American Horror Story in title and format.
Psycho clowns, bearded ladies and lobster hands are only clawing the surface of American Horror Story: Freak Show's erratically mature new storyline. Come on down for the sights and sounds, and tell the ticket lady Jimmy Darling sent you.
FX’s marketing for American Horror Story: Freak Show has been genius, giving us plenty of details to chew on without actually telling us all that much about the plot of the hit series. Today, the show released a brand new cast video, which explores the premise behind Freak Show, and the challenges our characters have ahead of them.
Is it just me, or does it feel like we’re never ever going to get to the first episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show? Maybe it’s just that FX has been releasing one whacked-out teaser after another, ramping my anticipation up higher than the Big Top. Here are several more promos for you to wrap your conjoined heads around.
American Horror Story: Freak Show has spent the last several months teasing its ensemble cast. We’ve seen videos and photos from the set of the Florida-based series, and this week FX released a bevy of photos showing spectacular, colorful costuming and some truly terrible facial hair. The photos are particularly compelling because they give us a good look at the characters played by Wes Bentley, Emma Roberts and Frances Conroy.
Last season on American Horror Story, the Coven storyline gave Kathy Bates a chance to be excruciatingly racist and immortal, and the actress also spent a couple of episodes as a disembodied head. This season, she gets to be Ethel, the Bearded Lady and we have a close look at her epic facial hair.
If you’re a lady getting ready to go out for a night on the town, there’s a good chance you’ll be putting on some stockings and high heel shoes. Of course, if you’re involved with the traveling exhibit at the heart of American Horror Story: Freak Show, then you probably don’t need to worry about uncomfortable footwear.
While ghastly clowns and sword-swallowers are a treat, American Horror Story: Freak Show's teasers aren't really a part of the show itself, and only a few actual details about the Freak Show plot and characters have emerged. Until now. Cue the slo-mo calliope music.
We know that American Horror Story: Freak Show will be chock full of crazy specimens, from creepy clowns to three-legged trapeze swingers, but the new trailer is especially revealing, as it gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse at many of the show’s leads. From bearded ladies to conjoined twins, there is a lot to see!
For me, clowns don’t get any freakier than Tim Curry’s hysterically frightening performance as Pennywise in Stephen King’s IT, but a lot of that had to do with Curry’s mannerisms and the fact that he killed children. The clown seen here has no formative performance to speak of, and yet he has still become the only thing I see when I close my eyes now.
Each season of American Horror Story has delivered its share of creepy ass teasers, and the anthology series’ upcoming Freak Show iteration is no exception. Behold, the three-legged woman! Witness her shoe purchasing problems!
American Horror Story's anthology format offers its own kind of anticipation each fall, as it isn't necessary to think back to the last season and try to remember where things left off. Each season introduces a new set of characters and a twisted new story. So the hype is all about who's playing who and what the next installment in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuks' FX series has to offer.