“American Horror Story” is back with a vengeance. The frightening show has begun its fourth season on the FX network. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck’s series will be holding a new title this season: Freak Show. For those who’ve never seen the series, that’s fine. Every season is the start of its own unique horror story. There’s no need to watch another season to have context. Although the same pool of actors is used as the main characters each time, each season, they portray an entirely different set of characters.
The first season begins with a family with rocky relations moving into a new home in LA. The story continues as secrets of the previous occupants and their terrible fates are slowly revealed. Season two features a legendary evil and a serial killer who terrorize a sanitarium. In the third season of the show modern-day witches learn to use their powers to defeat their enemies.
Season four features an American sideshow trying to stay afloat in 1952. The setting is Jupiter, Florida where the troupe sets up their tent of wonderment. As soon as they come to town, so does something evil that threatens the lives of everyone in town. People begin to go missing and gruesome murders occur.
This time around the television show’s star studded cast will include Jessica Lange (Elsa Mars), Kathy Bates (Ethel Darling), Sarah Paulson (Bette & Dot Tattler), and Evan Peters (Jimmy Darling). Lange will be playing the ringmaster that thirsts for a taste of fame (The expectations for her to go nuts in this season are very high.) Kathy Bates will portray a bearded lady along side the other freaks as will Peters. His character “Lobster Boy,” has freakishly long fingers. Paulson will masterfully create a character of conjoined twins with one body and two heads.
This anticipated season will no doubt have you checking your closet and under the bed for monsters. Toss out any ideas of clowns being silly too. The sneak peak of season four depicted a frightening and possibly murderous clown. Could that be the evil raking the town of Jupiter? Find out soon by catching the new episodes of AHS: Freak Show every Wednesday at 10 p.m.