Well it’s finally here! Squeal! The new season of Freak Show starts tonight at 9 p.m. (central) on the FX Channel. And can I say, that getting a sneak peek of tonight’s premier episode, was a huge treat to say the least. Freak Show is the 4th installment of the FX channel’s series, American Horror Story. The concept of having the same cast come back season after season, but in different worlds, is one I’ve always loved because you never know what roles they’re going to play. Kinda reminds be of those “choose your own adventure” books: familiarity combined with surprise. The first year they did a great job of creating a creepy horror world. Your basic creepy house story. Although, the latex man wouldn’t be my top choice for a scary monster or ghost or whatever that floaty shined-up thing was supposed to be. It was however, a fresh idea for a TV show at the time. Especially for us horror fans. I mean we love movies, but who could resist an addictive weekly dose of a horror drama added to the mix?
The 2nd season gave us Asylum and it achieved a higher level of horror and a more in-depth world. The characters were interesting and unusual, the sets were beautiful. In a dark, decaying way of course. The story of power and abuse against the helpless — with a pinch of supernatural and a dash of serial killer thrown in — made for a great story. Now, the 3rd year’s season of Coven? Well that kinda, sorta took a bit of a dip. Everything about the series was still well-directed, well-acted and looked great; but I think most people can agree, you can’t get too crazy with the witch theme. So I can see where some people felt disappointed. Regardless, I watched every episode and still enjoyed the season.
Freak Show, however, looks to be a stunning comeback for American Horror Story and we’re purdy sure it won’t disappoint the horror fan. Someone over there in FX-land, upped the horror factor —and the sex factor I might add — big time. My mouth dropped so many times, that I could have caught an Amityvile Horror-sized fly hoard in there. I get it’s cable TV, but I was shocked at what they’re getting away with. And oh how that makes this black heart happy. Not many things shock and please this sometimes “jaded” horror fan anymore. I’m not even going to elaborate on the scenes. When you see them… you’ll know.
The roles of the “home cast” are well appointed and well-acted as usual. I’m excited to see how they develop. My only complaint would be that Kathy Bates, who plays the bearded lady, uses a confusing and unclassifiable accent that seems unnecessary. But I dig her whole “butch” look. I also have to say the CGI (yup I used the dreaded acronym) for Sarah Paulson’s two-headed character is amazing. It must have took a lot of work to do a whole 13-episode season. The direction on this first episode was fun and unusual, much like the theme, so I really enjoyed it.
When CGI works
Not all the cast was revealed in the first show, which I like. See, that’s how the addiction starts. The imagery is beautiful, haunting and delightfully different from your usual TV-show world. The theme of carnival and freaks is… well… delicious. Twisty the Clown is adorable. Oh wait. I like clowns. So if you don’t, you have been warned. I predict it to be one of this year’s top Halloween costumes. Even the opening credits alone are so good, that I’ll have to rewind it over and over to catch all of the oddities tucked in there.
Over all, I’m so glad I got to see the show ahead of time, since I’ll be busy taking care of business for our big Season Open Party tonight at the Scoot Inn. And it looks like the whole town is coming to see the Freak Show. We’re gonna have to pack ‘em in tonight. Come one, come all to the horror show!