Are you ready to get your freak on? ‘American Horror Story’ premieres Wednesday, Oct. 8 on FX with it’s creepiest installment yet. Will ‘Freak Show’ be Ryan Murphy’s best act?
American Horror Story: Freak Show is finally here. After months of teasers, the killer clowns are ready to come out and play in the premiere episode, “Monsters Among Us.” Is the fourth go-around worth your ticket? See what the critics are saying.
‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Premieres On FX
Set in the 1950’s in Jupiter, Florida, American Horror Story: Freak Show centers around around one of the last-standing freak show troupes in the United States, lead by Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange).
One of the most highly-anticipated attractions is conjoined twins, Bette and Dot, played by Sarah Paulson. The world’s smallest woman, Jyoti Amge, who stands at just 2 feet 0.6 inches, also joins the show, along with the bearded lady, Ethel Darling (Kathy Bathes).
Michael Chiklis, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, Gabourey Sidibe and Patti LaBelle who plays Gabourey Sidibe‘s mother round out the cast.
‘American Horror Story’ Review Roundup
Ryan Murphy, whose AHS companion series American Crime Story was just given a straight-to-series order by FX, has a knack for terrifying audiences with his miniseries, but will Freak Show be his best act yet? Here’s what the critics are saying:
“The freakiest thing about American Horror Story: Freak Show is that it didn’t happen sooner.”
“We should all only hope that someone, someday, loves us as much as AHS loves Lange. Murphy and co-creator Brad Falchuk have again cast her as an imperious, jealous, yet somehow sympathetic diva, this time with a Teutonic twist.”
“Ryan Murphy’s interest in the freaks of ‘Freak Show’ is only skin-deep…I would enjoy being transported back in time to the bygone era when circus sideshows featured human oddities among their gleefully seedy cons…all of which makes me an ideal audience for Ryan Murphy’s latest edition of FX’s premier scare-fest, American Horror Story: Freak Show. Alas, I found it insufficiently lurid — slow-paced and obvious.”
“There are few returning series that make as awful — in the best sense of the word — a first impression as AHS, and in the case of Freak Show, that even happens before tonight’s fourth-season opener (“Monsters Among Us”) gets underway. The appalling splendor is right there in credits, as a menagerie of creatures hop, crawl, and slither across the screen, or — for an especially grotesque effect — disembody themselves. Credit sequences are an AHS specialty, but the FX franchise pretty much outdoes itself with this one.”
“As campy, high-velocity genre fare, Freak Show is all in good fun — but as an allegory for the prison of suburban conformity, it’s an American horror story, indeed.”
American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres Wednesday, Oct. 8 (10/9c) with a special 90-minute episode on FX.
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— Elizabeth Wagmeister