Think it's safe to say we're all terrified after last night's opening episode of "American Horror Story: Freak Show." Sarah Paulson with two heads, Evan Peters with lobster hands and Kathy Bates as the Bearded Lady were a welcome respite from Twisty the Clown, who is sure to reappear in viewers' nightmares all season. We live tweeted the show with @AynW and @NewOrleans (where the show if filmed even though it's set in Jupiter, Florida). The clown scared the pants off just about everyone, and Jessica Lange wowed us with her version of David Bowie's "Life on Mars." If last night was any indication, "Freak Show" is going to be the creepiest season yet — and possibly the best.
Show creator Ryan Murphy dished to Entertainment Weekly about the new season of "American Horror Story" recently. He talked about where the idea for the show came from — Jessica Lange's interest in the lost and forgotten carny world — the plot as being a version of civil rights for performers, John Carroll Lynch as Twisty the Clown and the lack of a supernatural element. Let's face it, clowns are terrifying enough.
Murphy told BuzzFeed that Twisty was created to be the most terrifying clown of all time and admits he's a bit scared of Twisty/Lynch himself. "I’m worried about people being too afraid of our clown," he said. "It’s heart-stopping what he does. I’m worried that people are going to have cardiac arrests … The clown’s intro in the first episode is … It’s brutal."
EW also has a slideshow of 21 new photos from Freak Show, and you can hear Jessica Lange's German accent as Elsa in the clip below. Stay tuned for more updates, live tweeting with @AynW when the show airs October 8 and the return of our location guide.
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"American Horror Story: Freak Show" will begin filming July 14 and run through the end of December, according to Louisiana Entertainment. Filming will take place in New Orleans, same as last year, but will be set at a carnival in Jupiter, Florida. As for the time period, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ryan Murphy revealed “It’s a combination of two time periods, with the main one being in the 1950s.” Murphy also told EW the 13-episode miniseries will focus on the conflict between the freaks and the "evil forces" who do not understand them.
Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Jamie Brewer, Frances Conroy, Denis O’Hare, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Even Peters, Emma Roberts and Gabourey Sidibe have been confirmed as returning for the new season. The freak show will be run by Lange, a German expat who is desperate for the troupe to stay together. Sarah Paulson tweeted a photo of her character,
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