Thanks to Fox Home Entertainment we had the chance to see American Horror Story Season 4: Freak Show ahead of its Uncut Blu-Ray release.
Following the success of season 1 and 2 (Asylum), followed by a good, but not great, third season (Coven), American Horror Story returns with its most twisted season yet. This time, the story is centered on a Carnival of Freaks, led by Elsa Mars (award winner Jessica Lange), whose dreams of fame force her to make some radical decisions along the way. The “Freak Show” features a new rising star, a two-headed, telepathic twin (Sarah Paulson), who dreams of being separated and leading a normal life, a bearded lady (Kathy Bates), a strongman who hides a big secret (Michael Chiklis) and his three-breasted wife (Angela Bassett), just to name some.
Things get complicated for the “circus freaks”, when the sadistic son of an equally sadistic millionaire falls in love with the two-headed twins and decides on a career in the circus as well. This is further encouraged by his involvement with the horrendous killings of Twisty, a serial killer clown, who has somehow become his mentor. To complicate matters further, an eccentric “Hollywood” manager arrives, promising Elsa the fame she craves. Elsa, meanwhile, has no idea that he is actually a scammer who is after her freaks, in order to sell their bodies (or part of them) to a museum of rarities.
After the slow burner of a third season, the American Horror team, attempts to recapture its viewers by ramping the story up to an all-star madness carnival level, with freaks walking around everywhere. This season features stunning make-up work and the TV debut of the world’s smallest woman, Jyoti Amge, who adds a touch of realism to the show.
The season kicks off strongly, especially with the introduction of Twisty the clown, who stalks innocent people around Florida. This character had the potential of being one of the saga’s best, but that unfortunately wasn’t to be. After a promising start, a bunch of slow episodes follow, in which nothing much happens, aside from some drama, and the introduction of some unnecessary romantic subplots. Jessica Lange’s character also fades out, leaving the series without a main character and resulting in a very average and fairly predictable season finale.
Still, Freak Show delivers some solid moments, mostly thanks to the secondary characters, that even link this season to some of the events of “Asylum”, something that die-hard fans of this new TV hit will truly dig.
The Uncut version includes some additional freakiness and extra gore, as well as great extra features that take us inside the tent, and give us a closer look at the two-headed girls and Twisty, among others.
American Horror Story Freak Show Uncut Is available now on Blu-Ray