Sunday, May 3, 2015

American Horror Story: Freak Show

I totally got into AHS: Freak Show, the fourth season of the series. (I didn't like, and never finished watching the third one, Coven). It is set in 1952 at a freak show in southern Florida run by a German chanteuse, Elsa Mars (wonderfully played by Jessica Lange). There is much plotting and intrigue and murder and mayhem -- the plot lines are downright ridiculous. But it is so much fun. Colorful and surreal (the scenes between Dandy and his mother Gloria were bizarre and hilarious). An element I particularly enjoyed was the anachronistic musical numbers, including Bowie's Life on Mars and Heroes, Fiona Apple's Criminal, and a Lana Del Rey song. Oh, also a kind of embarrassing Nirvana song. I wish they had included one in every episode but maybe that would have been too much.

Sarah Paulson was marvelous at the conjoined twins, Bette and Dot. Denis O'Hare as the greedy and creepy and villainous con-man was fantastic. Loved Angela Bassett as a woman with three tits. Cathy Bates was great, though she had an accent that came and went and was distracting. All in all, very good performances and a wonderful looking show. Because of the theatrical elements and effects I did not care about the silliness and goriness of it.

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