Three Boobs, Three Legs, Two Heads and More Oddities in New Art and Teaser for “AHS: FREAK SHOW”News Samuel Zimmerman
As teaser art and ads introduce the aura and atmosphere of AMERICAN HORROR STORY’s vision of a 1950s Florida sideshow, its latest poster reveals the cast in full alongside exciting comments from co-creator Ryan Murphy.
I am feeling the words Murphy is speaking to THR about AMERICAN HORROR STORY’s fourth season, most notably when he says, “It feels like a Douglas Sirk movie; it’s very 1952 presentational and then the horror is an unexpected jab.”
AMERICAN HORROR STORY has been entirely based in style and a thematic through line about those who are continuously ostracized and repressed. The latter hasn’t exactly been subtle, but its pronounced presence has been matched with over-the-top, striking visual flare. Injecting such flare into the style of 50s-era melodrama seems almost too perfectly compatible for the series and its routinely stellar cast.
Murphy, speaking on the themes of the series, adds “It’s about something: It’s about outcasts and how society at that time … true stories about circus performers who were cast aside. The story in many ways dovetails with ASYLUM, because they leave one era and you can see many of them in real life were put into asylums. There’s a great symmetry we’ve come up with that’s rewarding.”
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW premieres Wednesday, October 8th on FX. Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Michael Chiklis, Frances Conroy, Patti LaBelle, Jessica Lange, John Carroll Lynch, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Emma Roberts star. [YouTube Teaser from EW]