TVline’s Performer of the Week: Sarah Paulson As The Tattler Twins on AHS Freak Show

We definitely agree… though Michael Chiklis and Finn Whitrock were pretty impressive in the “Tupperware Party Massacre” episode, they still didn’t have to deal with the intricacies of playing two different character’s heads stuck on one body, talking to each other. Ms. Paulson does it again!

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THE EPISODE | “Tupperware Party Massacre”

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Next Week’s American Horror Story Freak Show Episode Has An Entertaining New Title

This week’s upcoming episode, 4X09,  was previously titled, “The Fat Lady Sings”. Some time during the two-week hiatus, it got retitled…

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Tupperware Party Massacre!

 

Which sounds pretty damn great.  If we could, we would have used a font that appeared to drip blood for the snappy new title! Supposedly, it has a really high body count (as you can tell from the preview, and the title), and is definitely at least as bloody.

"Honey, I'm home! How did the Tupperware party goooOOOOOAAAHHHHHH!"

Honey, I’m home! How did the Tupperware party goooOOOOOAAAHHHHHH!

The title is kind of a spoiler; then again, you have a pretty good idea that something along these lines is going to happen from the preview. Dandy seems to take it up a notch with every episode. If he does what it looks like he did with his mother’s body in the preview,  it’s going to be pretty horrifying.

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‘AHS: Freak Show’ Post-Mortem: Kathy Bates On Latest Shocking Twist! (SPOILERS for “Bloodbath” Episode)

EW.com: Would you want to do another year of American Horror Story? Is there hope for Kathy Bates to be in season five?

Kathy Bates: Well of course there is. I love Ryan. I love working with him and for him. One thing I didn’t get a chance to say in my Emmy speech is that after Harry’s Law and then I had gotten sick with breast cancer, I was really in the dumps. I was really like, “I’ll never work again. I’m too old. Blah blah blah.” Lo and behold, I get this amazing call from Ryan to come in and meet with him. He created these wonderful parts for me to play and I’ll be forever in his debt for that. He’s rejuvenated my career in a way that I have a young audience now and that’s fabulous! So why wouldn’t I want to come back for more of that?

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RIP, Gloria Mott.

 

Well, that’s some good news. Read the entire EW.com post-“Bloodbath” interview with Kathy Bates right here! More coming in on American Horror Story: Freak Show soon… only four episodes left. Though you have Sister Mary Eunice to look forward to next week, and finding out what goes down between her and Pepper. Then the three remaining episodes will air in January. That’s a long wait…

Click “View original” in the lower left to read the entire EW.com post-mortem. It’s pretty entertaining.

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Ten Disturbing Things We Learned From American Horror Story Freak Show Episode Five, “Pink Cupcakes” (Spoilers)

For some reason, we found “Pink Cupcakes” (which have never before sounded so unappetizing) to be the first real episode this season that really ...bothered us. Not that we found vicious killer clowns (who friends of ours understandably referred to as “Stabby the Clown”) with no lower jaw (due to a tragic backstory) cheerful or anything, and Twisty’s whole storyline had a perfect payoff. We don’t have a pathological fear of clowns, but he was pretty threatening.  So I could have started writing these “Ten Things” pieces as usual,  right after the premiere, but there weren’t any big plot or character reveals (okay, Elsa’s legs were a surprise) that Ryan Murphy hadn’t already either hinted at or flat-out told us about in the media, or that we hadn’t more or less figured out.  We hated Dandy by the time the second episode he appeared in ended, and it was kind of obvious he wasn’t going to be a benevolent character.  Last Wednesday, though, we got some good reveals, and for the first time, we exclaimed out loud in surprise, and really, really were disturbed by a murder enough to also curse loudly. So let’s get on with the show. One, two …three.

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1.  Del is a closeted gay. Well, of course he would have to be closeted even if he wasn’t a manly circus strongman for a living; as a gay man outed in a small town in 1952 you would almost certainly end up on the receiving end of a vicious blanket party, set on fire, or be the victim of another hate crime (or have your life ruined in some other way) if you were not closeted. That’s why we were genuinely surprised to see him at a gay bar, and more than that, desperately, hopelessly infatuated (and even professing his love) with guest star Matt Bomer, playing a smoking hot young man named Andy who turns tricks and hustles for a living. He basically referred to the bar as his office. It was hinted at before that Del was not 100% heterosexual, though you had to pay attention to pick up on it. Well, being married to a woman with a male member next to the female one was kind of a red flag, but it could be argued that if a man had an opportunity to be with a hot, gorgeous woman with three perfect breasts, he might be willing to overlook the male member.

2. …or what appears to be a male member. Turns out Désirée is all woman. Well, maybe even more than all woman, since she has three breasts and a clitoris large enough to be mistaken for a penis. When she’s hammered and lonely and turns to Jimmy to “make her feel something”, they both panic when his hand comes away from between her legs covered in blood and Ethel takes her to see the kindly, compassionate Dr. Bonham from “Edward Mordrake Part One”.  He’s got some news for her: what she (and a doctor in her past) thought was a penis turned out to be a (very) oversized clitoris. It’s (figuratively) connected to her extra breast. He gives some medical explanation about her body producing a really, really high amount of estrogen because it was trying to compensate–it didn’t sound completely medically legit to us, but we will suspend our disbelief.  He tells her surgery can give her normal-sized lady parts (we liked how removing the “accessory” breast wasn’t even alluded to as an option when doing surgery–hey, let’s not get crazy here!).

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3. Désirée was also pregnant, and was bleeding so badly because she was having a miscarriage. The doctor tells her that she can even try again and having a child is a distinct possibility for her (though she should probably hurry because her biological clock is ticking). We see surprise, then wonder, then hope in her eyes as this sinks in. “I can have a baby with Del,” she murmurs. But, she damn sure has a change of heart before long, because…

 

 Why are you still moving? You’re supposed to be dead!

 

 

4.  By the time Del finds her, she’s packed a suitcase to movie into Ethel’s trailer.  Del is desperate to get her to stay, and we half expected him to hit her or shake her or some other form of domestic abuse, but guess he knew better.  She tells him she was pregnant, he says, “A baby… great!” half-heartedly, and then it escalates very quickly.  Turns out she knows Jimmy is his son.  She keeps telling him that he is the one with freak blood in him, not her, but all their years together he made her feel like she was such a freak of nature that she didn’t deserve anyone better than him …or a better life.  She wants to have a kid, but not his. To add to Del’s despair, remember that this is taking place after Andy pretty much broke his heart, telling him Del he was delusional if he thought they would ever have any kind of relationship, or even contact, without having to pay like ever other trick. After telling him she was leaving him for a real man who deserved to be with her (and she tells Del what he calls her “big dick” is going to be surgically corrected by Dr. Bonham), Désirée leaves him standing there,  with Del clearly about to have some kind of meltdown. Towards the end of the episode, Del pays a personal visit to Dr. Bonham and breaks his fingers, possibly his hands too. Then, just in case the doctor didn’t get the message, Del threatens to snap his grandchildren’s fingers “like twigs.”  Soooooo, that surgery won’t be happening.

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5.  Stanley has an extremely creepy fantasy life. All of his lovely daydreams we saw underscored how vile a man he really is. His grandiose dream of Paul’s body floating in a tank before an awed crowd of horrible rich people was unsettling. The horrifying shot of the Tatler Twins torso floating in the glass display tank–and especially the fact that Bette’s head was dead and rotting probably days before he finally smothered Dot, who was begging him for help (and begging Bette to wake up) –was disturbing as hell. So was Stanley’s casual explanation to the museum owner he sold the body to when she asked how they “expired”: “The droopy one caught a cold and died first.”

Please …kill me. Please, kill me?

 

6.  Elsa is getting desperate. She practically spits on the floor when Stanley tries to entice her with the idea of her own television show, but then when the entire crowd (not into anachronistic performances of songs, no matter how good they are) turns on her, we see her hopes burning to the ground. When Stanley comes by after the disastrous show, and she says to him wearily, “Tell me about zis… television,” we can see her fighting back tears. Once again, Jessica Lange’s performance on AHS breaks our hearts. She doesn’t get really scary until she sees Stanley driving away without her, Bette and Dot in the back seat. Her next move is to talk to the twins and tell them she wants to help their and look after them since they’re new to the business and Elsa is not. We didn’t expect, though, that she would drive them straight to the Mott residence in the guise of taking them in for a wardrobe fitting. “I have brought you something I believe you want,” she starts out to Gloria right before the episode ends. To be fair, I don’t think she would have taken them there if Elsa knew Gloria’s son was a blood-thirsty, homicidal sociopath. She probably just wanted them out of the way, maybe even only temporarily. How could THAT go wrong?

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7. Maggie is having second thoughts. First she tells Stanley she did not agree to be involved with murder. Later, when she surprises Jimmy rehearsing, she pretends to read his palm and gives him a not-too-subtle fortune: something bad is coming for him, and he needs to get the hell out of there fast. She seems to be attracted to him, but still won’t let him kiss her. Hopefully she will end up ratting Stanley out more directly, and the freaks will end up cutting his throat and stabbing him (all together) about 70 times and then burning the body, the way they did with the police detective.

 

Jack the Ripper was a Windsor, for God’s sake.

 

8. Dandy’s mother Gloria is more batshit crazy–and darker–than we thought. At the very least, a sociopath. She’s mad at Dandy for killing Dora (“She was a mother!” is her first horrified reaction),but is pretty casual (and clever) about the way they dispose of the body. “These are special bulbs from Holland. Please do not question me!” she shrills at the men hired to dig a twelve-foot hole ( actually for Dora’s body). Oh, and we find out that Dandy’s father also had homicidal “urges”,  due to inbreeding (according to Gloria). One day he ended up “swinging lifeless from a Japanese Maple” because he couldn’t stand struggling with his urges any more and “suppressed them the only way he could” (also according to Gloria).  She tells Dandy he has to be careful who he kills, since it’s 1952 and they might have relatives who come looking for their missing family member; instead it needs to be people no-one will miss. The scene of them finishing up the bulbs planted over Dora’s corpse ends with on a disturbing note, with Gloria quietly telling her son, “we’ll figure something out.”

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9.  Jimmy is a local hero, though when Maggie points this out to him, he says, “Right now, I want to throw up.” Turns out Jimmy still feels terrible about poor Meep (though I bet the local chicken population is feeling better) being beaten to death in prison and then dumped in a sack on their doorstep.  In the scene where Jimmy and Désirée are drowning their sorrows in her trailer, he loses it and weeps, “it shoulda been me.” Interesting trivia: Ben Woolf, the actor who played Meep, also portrayed the Infantata, arguably the most frightening character from AHS Season One, AKA Murder House.

There’s nothing worse than the hurt of loving someone you can’t have.

 

10.  Dandy, unsurprisingly the new big bad (well, next to Stanley, who is also deadly but mainly just a greedy, scheming piece of shit looking for a big payday) is clearly just getting started. Either he or his mother decided a gay bar would be a good place to find a victim (we also loved the very serious MAN WANTED poster with an ‘artist’s sketch’ of a clown mask that Dandy passes). When Del leaves, crushed, Dandy zeroes in on Andy, and pays him a hundred dollars to come back to the Abandoned School Bus of Murder with him, and of course, things get really disturbing.  The fact that Andy turned out not to be dead even after Dandy stabbed him brutally over a dozen times in the torso AND sawed one of his arms off was the first thing this season that really caused us to feel deep horror.

 

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Stray Thoughts:

 

  • Gabourey Sidibe will be back as Regina Ross, Dora’s daughter in New York.  We loved the “Mrs. Mott, I’m feeling really uncomfortable, so I’m going to go now” line of hers when she was on the phone with Gloria, who was starting to ramble about raising Dandy. We doubt she’s going to stick around more than a couple of episodes, though it would be nice if she ended up beating Dandy to death. That was also a great reveal when Gloria hung up the phone and the split-screen disappeared to show Dandy, standing in his underwear, covered with Andy’s blood.
Motion pictures are the expression of our souls, our inner dreams, our fantasies.

 

  • We knew the Bette and Dot torso in the giant fish tank was a fantasy, but did anyone else worry at first that poor Paul the Illustrated Seal was really floating in the formaldehyde and that the rest of the episode might be the flashbacks to how he ended up in there? We were unsure, but did let out a big sigh of relief when we realized what the writers had done. Everyone should probably worry about his place in the new knife throwing act, though…
  • I had a good laugh at the way Dandy at first tried to act innocent when his mother screamed because she found Dora dead with her throat cut. “Somebody’s broke into our home and murdered Dora!”  he proclaims unconvincingly. Meanwhile, his mother, who immediately figured out that he did it , starts yelling at him about having to clean up his messes almost the second he rushes into the room. That smirk he got after he turned his back and walked away from Gloria to go to his room was chilling, as was his practicing ‘acting faces’ in the mirror.
  • That was an amazing monologue written for Del talking about the pain he goes through and how he is only strong on the outside, and Michael Chiklis knocked it out of the fucking park. It was obvious Del knew how desperate he sounded, begging Andy to let him get him a nice apartment with a record player and good light so he could sketch, to only be with him because he loves him so much, but the words kept flooding out as if he was trying to purge himself of something he’d wanted to tell another human being all his life. Give him a couple more scenes like that and Chiklis might just earn himself an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor. For the record, a month has passed since Del and Désirée arrived in Jupiter.
  • Look around that ‘Morbid Museum’ in the scenes where Stanley is talking to the owner about the twins. There is some seriously disturbing stuff in there (and once again, we are 99.9% sure it was inspired by the real-life Mutter museum*). There are at least two Elephant Man-like skulls, and some really horrible things in jars.
  • I got a huge grin on my face when Jimmy referred to the pinhead duo as Salty and Pepper to the crowd after their act, which seemed to include a drum kit, a large mallet, and slapstick humor. “Salty and Pepper, Ladies and Gents!” We love it.
  • Boy, that crowd REALLY turned on Elsa fast. Guess they are not Bowie fans. Speaking of Bowie– great song choice to use of “Fame” in the montage of her getting ready to go have “publicity photos” taken (that ends with her hope being crushed).  The self-satisfied smirk on Stanley’s face when he saw Elsa unravelling onstage made me want to break his neck …and I’m a huge fan of Denis O’Hare, so I have always taken his side before no matter how much of a rotten prick his character is –until that moment. Hopefully Stanley and Dandy will both get an even more horrible variation of the notorious Todd Browning “chicken lady”  treatment.

Next episode, “Bullseye,” the freaks–including Ethel– seem to be turning on Elsa too. Check out the preview (again) below!

 

*Which I hope to visit some day, then sometimes during dark, sleepless nights question the decision of putting a visit to that house of horrors on my bucket list.

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Possibly the most breathtaking still of the set yet.

American Horror Story Freak Show – We Have Upcoming Episode Titles and Descriptions (AKA SPOILERS) Here!

We’re going to do this like we did our last feature (click here to read it) that relayed the new editions to the IMDB episode guide for Freak Show. We’ll give you episode titles first (there are more titles than descriptions) as they sound cool but do not contain spoilers, then the descriptions. Sounds like some nasty stuff is coming down the line for Del and Désirée; we just hope they don’t get killed off because we love watching Michel Chiklis and Angela Bassett in the roles so much!

First, some fun, NON-SPOILER titles for you:

“Pink Cupcakes” airs November 5th.

“Bullseye” airs November 12th.

“Test of Strength” airs November 19th.

“Blood Bath” (YES! Bring it!) airs November 26th, just in time for Thanksgiving!

“The Fat Lady Sings” (uh-oh) airs December 10th.

Then we’ll have the usual holiday break, and the final three episodes will air in January 2015. Hey, slow down…

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NOW COME THE SPOILERS!

 

We don’t find out who lives or dies or anything REALLY extreme like that, but it is easy to fit most of the puzzle pieces together (especially when combined with Ryan Murphy’s interviews where he always manages to slip in a few spoilers– accidentally– into his “teasers”.  Maybe he has a couple of glasses of wine before the post-mortem interviews with EW.com; he sounds pretty relaxed and casual. Or maybe he’s just so excited about the great stuff to come that he can’t help himself; in fact, we don’t blame him. If you missed the post-mortems for Edward Mordrake Part One and Edward Mordrake Part Two, check them out here; there’s some juicy stuff.

OK, strap in and keep your arms and legs inside the ride-car at all times.

Pink Cupcakes:

Stanley and Maggie hatch a plan to murder the Freaks. Gloria hides the evidence of Dandy’s gruesome new hobby. A health scare reveals Désirée may not be the oddity she once thought.

Bullseye:

Elsa reveals a dangerous new act. Stanley exerts pressure on Maggie to murder Jimmy. Paul indulges in a secret romance.

Test of Strength:

The women of the Freak Show rally against Dell after his latest act of violence. A strange encounter with Dandy raises Jimmy’s suspicion about the clown murders.

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So here’s some speculation: from the previews for this week’s episode, we saw either Maggie or “Tripod” Stanley not-so-subtly injecting some kind of fluid into a pink cupcake with a huge syringe. We’re guessing some 50s version of roofies. Later in the preview we see them preparing a HUGE tray/steel container with some kind of liquid… over here we’re thinking formaldehyde. We also see Bette and Dot (well, one of them, anyway) biting into said cupcake. Of course, Murphy is not going to kill off Sarah Paulson’s character/s less than halfway through the season any more than she’s going to kill off Jessica Lange.

Stanley and Maggie hatch a plan to murder the Freaks. However, during the “this season on American Horror Story Freak Show” preview that came after the premiere, we beheld something terrible: a shot of Ma Petite inside a large glass specimen jar that her hands could not reach the top of to pull herself out. Then it got worse as they briefly showed the jar being filled with some kind of fluid chemical while air bubbles come out of the poor girl’s mouth. We really hope this is either a dream/nightmare sequence or someone saves her and then kills that rotten prick Stanley.

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A health scare reveals Désirée may not be the oddity she once thought. We are not sure how that’s going to work. It’s a health scare: could she be throwing up in the mornings and feeling faint, then turn out to be pregnant? Is her penis going to fall off, or shrink severely? Does she not have a vagina? Is that third breast going to have to come off? Her being pregnant would make her seem like less of a hermaphrodite, but that is still an oddity. The wording also suggests her “oddities” are not some kind of scam being pulled by her and Del, not that she has some make-up effects expert to put a third prosthetic breast on every morning.

Elsa reveals a dangerous new act. From the episode title being Bullseye, we are thinking of a knife-throwing act, possibly with Del being the thrower. It’ll spin around with someone Elsa doesn’t like strapped to the target. How could THIS possibly go wrong?

Stanley exerts pressure on Maggie to murder Jimmy.  So Jimmy is, fortunately, still alive at this point. Also, If he’s having to pressure Maggie, it’s because she’s not as shitty of a person as Stanley is; she has feelings for Jimmy and by this point will probably be getting along with the freaks. We doubt she will follow through, but maybe they murder someone else as a consolation prize and this is where the scene with Ma Petite mentioned earlier comes in.

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Paul indulges in a secret romance. Maybe we’ll get hints in the previous episodes, but we have no idea what current character could be involved. The contortionist? He was in that porno home movie, but since FX only lets AHS get away with so much, we couldn’t tell if he was with a man or a woman. I seem to remember someone’s head in his lap, but I could very well be wrong. Is he gay or bisexual?  Because that doubles the amount of characters it could be. Matt Bomer’s character, we think, is gone by then; it could be another guest star.

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The women of the Freak Show rally against Dell after his latest act of violence. His LATEST one? He does seem to be a mean drunk. Also, though they gave him a little humanity (not much, but a tiny hint of it) in Edward Mordrake Part One, it doesn’t sound like he’s going to be a nice guy, deep down. Not to mention, he sold tickets for an audience to watch a young Esther give birth to Jimmy, which is pretty horrible. She was outdoors and didn’t even get to lie down, and there weren’t exactly any OB-GYNs around to help her stay comfortable and safe. This will be ugly, but unfortunately for him, he’s out-numbered.

A strange encounter with Dandy raises Jimmy’s suspicion about the clown murders. You’d think Jimmy would already have seen some big red flags by now and figured it out, but I guess he’s too busy with his complicated romance with Maggie and the Twins.

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American Horror Story Freak Show: Watch Jessica Lange’s Full Performance of Bowie’s ‘Life on Mars’ (EW.com Exclusive)

This was one of the highlights of the premiere for us, and it gave us goosebumps when she hit the “Sailors fighting in the dance-halls” chorus . Not in the way watching horror usually makes our hairs stand up (like, say, the reveal at the end of Shutter does, even after repeated viewings), but because it was so beautiful. If David Bowie has gotten around to seeing it yet, we bet he loved it.

Click here for our highlights of the postmortem interview with Ryan Murphy that EW.com ran after the premiere (and much more).

Note: Click on “View original” in the lower left to go to the EW.com piece, which has the clip embedded. It’s worth the extra click, trust us.

American Horror Story Freak Show – Plot Synopsis and Episode Titles For You Here! (SPOILERS)

So, here’s an early Halloween treat for you to whet you appetite further for the fourth season of American Horror Story. You may have heard a rumor that this season is about a Freak Show of some kind…

If you’re worried about spoilers, we’ll put the episode titles for the entire first half of the season of American Horror Story Freak Show; those don’t give much away… and they’re kinda fun. Then you can skip the second part of this piece if you don’t want episode descriptions for the first four episodes (including the notorious Halloween two-parter).

Here are those episode titles for you. Unfortunately we are getting mixed information about the writers and directors for each one, but we’ll tell you when they’ve made up their minds.

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Episode 4.1 is titled “Monsters Among Us” and airs Wed. Oct. 08, 10:00 PM on FX – and it’s 90 minutes long! Sons of Anarchy shouldn’t get to hog all the ‘super-sized’ FX episodes!

 

Episode 4.2 is titled “Massacres and Matinees” (wheee!) and airs October 15th, same Freak-Time, same Freak-Channel.
Episode 4.3 is titled “Edward Mordrake: Part 1″ and airs October 22nd. This is the first of the two Halloween episodes that have been an American Horror Story tradition since season one and are usually when the season REALLY kicks into high horror gear. Trivia: Starting with S1, Ryan Murphy wanted the two-parter to air on two consecutive nights, but FX wouldn’t let him.
Episode 4.4 is titled “Edward Mordrake: Part 2” and airs Oct. 29th.
Episode 4.5 is titled, “Pink Cupcakes” (we highly doubt the cupcakes are as wholesome as they sound, knowing this show) and airs November 5th.
Episode 4.6 is titled “Bullseye” (also not a good sign) and airs November 12th.
Episode 4.7 is titled “Tests of Strength” and airs November 19th. Hopefully that means they won’t have killed off Michael Chiklis (or rather, his Strongman character Del) early on.
Also following tradition, and we kind of like this one because it helps our post-holiday depression, there will be a break (usually three weeks) over the Christmas season and the final three episodes will air in January of the next year. Hopefully, that will be the only time we have to wait more than a week for the next episode.

Warning:  Section CONTAINING SPOILERS For American Horror Story Freak Show begins here! DO NOT READ IF YOU WANT TO REMAIN SPOILER-FREE!

 

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OK, now here are the episode descriptions for the first four episodes that they usually don’t like you to see early. The IMDB has them, though (they are our source for this information).

Monsters Among Us

When police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse, the eccentric purveyor of the freak show sees an opportunity that will lead her troupe either to their salvation or ruin.
Our speculation: The long trailer shows Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson and Sarah Paulson) getting slapped around by some awful bitch, we assume their mother, and a new trailer shows a milk man wandering around inside a house like he’s about to make a horrible discovery. We are guessing she snaps and kills her mother, but Else Mars somehow intervenes before the cops show up, and ‘rescues’ the twins (to whisk away to join the Freak Show).
A citywide curfew threatens to shut down the Freak Show. A strongman from Ethel’s troubled past arrives at camp. Gloria arranges a terrifying play date for Dandy. The Tattler Twins reveal a talent that could knock Elsa from the spotlight.
Speculation: our guess is the curfew being caused by the killing spree of “Twisty the Clown” scaring the shit out of everybody. Obviously, Vic Mackey  Del, played by Chiklis, is the strongman who was married to Ethel and is now married to Angela Bassett’s three-breasted character, Désirée (how do you compete with that?). We have no idea about the terrifying play date, we do know Dandy is Frances Conroy’s handsome son who is fascinated by freaks. And we think the Tattler Twins just having two heads that talk to each other is enough to trump a Bearded Lady, but maybe they sing a duet while they play the piano or something.
The Freaks refuse to perform on Halloween due to an old carny superstition. Jimmy is smitten by a woman claiming to be a fortune-teller. Ethel receives life-changing news.
Ryan Murphy has said that the “old carny superstition” is Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley), the man with a face in the back of his head that tells him to do horrible, evil things. That takes care of the first Halloween episode, followed a week later by…
Edward Mordrake continues his search for a Freak to add to his ghostly coterie. Elsa tells the grisly story of her days in Germany. Jimmy and Maggie have a run-in with the Twisted Clown.
We had heard there would be flashbacks to Elsa being a singer in a cabaret in Germany, not sure how that gets grisly but it does (Nazis?). Maggie is played by Emma Roberts; are she and Evan Peters going to play a couple again? Your guess is as good as ours (but we think they’ll hook up).
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We’ll have more news soon; apparently they’re even airing a few featurettes before the premiere, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for those!

CONFIRMED! Naomi Grossman Back As Pinhead Pepper on American Horror Story Freak Show – YES!

We’ll be adding more later, but for now we have this photo as proof (Source: EW.com/Entertainment Weekly).

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Again, as we made no effort to even begin to hide here, the first official photo of Ms. Grossman as Pepper is the property of Entertainment Weekly– they own the copyright, not us.  There was no way were going to miss showing you the screencap, though! PLUS, we know Pepper won’t get killed off, since Freak Show takes place in the 1950s (and the present, but this is clearly the 50s time period) and Asylum took place in the 1960s.

This will also mark the first time in American Horror Story’s four-season run that any character has ever recurred. Now come on– if you got to pick a character to see again, wouldn’t awesome Pepper be your first choice?

We actually had heard rumors about this before, but didn’t want to post anything until we knew for sure (in fact, we waited to the point where who knows, you might have heard this days ago, but we’re sure as hell posting it now). One of the people that said they saw “Pinhead” on the call sheet also told us that Glenn Close was appearing in the Coven finale, and we know how that went.

More as it comes in. Best news we’ve heard since we saw Tim Minear was penning the season premiere!

 

She's baaaack!

She’s baaaack!

 

See The New Red Band Trailer For V/H/S Viral Here (Possible Spoiler Alert)!

The reason we use “spoiler alert” in the title is that we’re pretty sure most of the best moments from the latest flick in the V/H/S franchise are in this trailer. At least three big jump scares/shockers are given away. Someone gets hit by a bus very suddenly in the middle of a sentence, just out of the blue. Do you know how effective that bit it when you’re not expecting it?*

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Both previous red band trailers for the first two installments gave away maybe one or two moments, but saved the best, most memorable moments. Now, the reason this trailer for V/H/S Viral concerns us here at Horror Boom as far as spoiling all the best moments is that, frankly, the reviews haven’t been that enthusiastic. The word we hear most to describe the movie from paid reviewers and casual message-board users is “disappointing”. The other complaint is there’s only three stories and the framing story shoots itself in the foot by trying too hard to tie the stories together and ends up confusing the viewer by being too self-consciously non-linear.

Yes, one ticket for" V/H/S Viral", please!

Yes, one ticket for” V/H/S Viral”, please!

So, there’s a good chance you could watch this Red Band trailer, get your anticipation all cranked up, then see the movie and think, Man, I wish they hadn’t put so much in the fucking trailer.  Who knows, though? There could be a ton of great stuff they held back.

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Having said all that, hey, check out the goodies below! Other than the possible spoilers, we got pumped up enough for the movie to curse out loud when we saw the release had been bumped from this month to the end of October, because now we want this movie in our face ASAP!

Here’s the latest synopsis:

After watching on the news that an out-of-control ice cream truck is being chased by the police around the upper LA area, killing people and wrecking havoc among the way, a group of teens hell-bent on capturing the next viral video set out to chase the van. Things go from bad to worse when the content inside the van is revealed to be several tapes with bizarre stories, including that of a deranged illusionist who, after obtaining a demon-powered cloak, sets out on a killing spree; a garage scientist that manages to build a machine and open the door to a parallel world, where he and his double find out that their worlds are dangerously different; and the story of teenage skaters who unleash hordes of demonic foes after desecrating a ritual site in Tijuana.

We heard that last segment is the best. V/H/S Viral will be available on VOD October 23rd, followed by a limited theatrical run beginning on November 21st!

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*The Statute of Limitations for spoilers on Final Destination (the original) have run out, but someone spoiled the bus hit in that movie for me. While everyone else in the theater got the top of their heads blown off (metaphorically of course) I appreciated it, but regretted overhearing someone’s LOUD conversation who was leaving the theater and prancing by the by the ticket-holder’s line, unaware anyone else but him and the friend he was relating basically all the shockers and reveals (including the train-track death) to existed. In the ads for Final Destination 4 (which fans agree was the weakest in the series), they ruined a bus-hit in the tagger for the trailer in the 15-second TV spot, for Chrissake.

 

Ten New Things We Learned About American Horror Story Freak Show From The EW Fall Preview!

Oh, you so thought the full length character trailer below gave you a peek under the Big Top? Well, it did, but we found out way more plot and character details from Entertainment Weekly’s Fall  Preview (and we’re guessing there’ll be a feature story with even more information in the next print issue).

In case you want to see the trailer (again), or for some reason you haven’t caught it yet,  you can eyeball it below.

Now, here’s those new character and plot details we’ve all been waiting for!

1.  Don’t worry, Jessica Lange is still going to be bitchy. In fact, she might do some bad things. However, Ryan Murphy says that deep down, she only has the best interests of the Freak Show at heart. Yeah, we’ll see how that works out…

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2. The conjoined twins, Bette and Dot, played by Sarah Paulson, are going to be darker than they sounded when first described.

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3. Dell Toledo, the strong man character (Michael Chiklis) is actually on the run for the law.

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4.  When he returns to the Freak Show, he clashes with Jimmy Darling (Evan Peters).  Jimmy (who as we see in the trailer will probably be billed by the Freak Show as a ‘Lobster Boy’) is actually Del’s son.

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5. Kathy Bates, Del’s ex-wife, is Del’s mother. Just to add to the drama, Del has a new wife with three breasts (Angela Bassett), Désirée Dupree.

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6. The main villain, a retired circus performer, is Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch). He is not thrilled when the Freak Show arrives in Jupiter, Florida.  Those of you with a fear of clowns who are reading this in the dark may want to skip this next bit of information from Ryan Murphy. “He’s wearing a mask on the lower part of his face and there comes a point in the season where takes the mask off and when you see what’s under you will faint in terror.”  Shit!

7. Emma Roberts and Denis O’Hare play a pair of greedy con artists; no word yet on whether that’s Roberts in the cage on the “Caged” teaser and the first official poster.

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8. Frances Conroy will be portraying a wealthy woman named Matilda Hapschatt whose son (Finn Whitrock) wants to join the freak show (take a wild guess on whether THAT storyline will end in a terrible way).

9. Gabourey Sidibe will play a socialite who returns home to Jupiter when her mother (Patti LaBelle, who Murphy called personally to appear on the show) goes MIA. Is Twisty the Clown responsible? Only time will tell.

10. Here’s what to expect from Wes Bentley’s terrifying character, Edward Mordrak, who appears in the two-part Halloween episode, according to Murphy: “He is a very famous horror myth,” explains Murphy. “It was a man with two faces. A normal face and then a face on the back of his head that would whisper evil things and force the forward-facing entity to commit horrible crimes.”

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OK, that sounds like it has the potential to be pretty fucking scary. To read all the details divulged in the EW.com article that was our source for this piece (we left a couple out), you can check it out by clicking here.

Also, Collider.com has a great .jpg of the poster, very high quality, that you can enlarge (and even look for clues). You don’t even have to buy a ticket! Well worth a look (also, it names so many actors that they didn’t even have room to bill all of them).

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