Let the freak show begin: ‘American Horror Story’ season 4 approaches

Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk created a horror television series entitled “American Horror Story” in early 2011, which premiered on Oct. 5, 2011, on channel FX.

“American Horror Story” is an anthology series, with each season containing a different theme, set of characters, and set of settings. Each storyline varies through season and contains it’s own beginning, middle, and end. The series combines elements of horror, erotica, and satire.

The first season was entitled “Murder House” and featured a family living in a haunted home, in which they encounter the home’s deceased former residents.

The second season, “Asylum”, followed a mental institution, housing the criminally insane.

The third season, “Coven”, premiered last fall and followed an all girl’s boarding school in New Orleans, housing witches and the conflicts they encounter inside the coven and outside in the real world.

Although all three seasons featured almost the same cast throughout, many additional actors and actresses were added.

Featured cast members for “American Horror Story” include; Kathy Bates [notable for films such as Titanic and Midnight in Paris], Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters [who recently starred in the latest X-Men film as Quicksilver], Angela Bassett, and Emma Roberts [who recently starred in We’re The Millers and Palo Alto].

Murphy and Falchuk announced the upcoming fourth season, “Freak Show”, on March 17.

The season will premiere on Oct. 8 and will be set in 1952 Jupiter, Florida, telling the story of one of the last remaining freak shows in America.

The season will feature the conflicts between the freaks and the “evil forces” that do not understand them.

According to Murphy and Falchuk, “Freak Show” will include characters such as a clown killer, a bearded lady, and a woman with multiple arms and legs.

Fans of the show are eccentric about the upcoming premiere of the new season and critics are expecting yet another positive reception of the show, as “Coven” brought to audiences last fall.

Rio Hondo student, Marissa Mendez, has been watching the show since the first season and said, “I’m really looking forward to watching ‘Freak Show’, as every season has been unique and creative so far throughout the ‘American Horror story’ series. Coven really had me at the edge of my feet every Wednesday night, and I have really high expectations for ‘Freak Show’, especially after watching the trailers on YouTube.”

The horror, drama, and thrilling scenes of “American Horror Story” will have newcomers to the show drawn to their TV screens as the show brings creativity and unique elements, destined to make the show a popular series for years to come.

“Freak Show” premieres on Oct. 8 on channel FX at 7 pm. Watch the freaks come alive, if you dare.

Theatrical trailer courtesy of FX Networks via YouTube.