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American Horror Story: Freak Show- Monsters Among Us (04×01)

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When I first got hooked to the show, American Horror Story: Horror House, I didn’t think it could get any crazier, scarier, or freakier. Four seasons later and I don’t even know how to process what I watched last night. Freak Show takes AHS to a whole other level.

The episode starts off with a murder victim found by her milk man. It’s set in 1952 so yes, there is an actual milk man. The murder was committed by some freak creature with two hearts, four lungs, and two brains. (Are you keeping up so far?) At first, you can’t even begin to imagine what the creature is. Some nurses are around talking about the monster, when Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) shows up to see exactly what it is– conjoined twins, Dot and Bette.

Turns out that Bette stabbed her mom to death because she wouldn’t let them go to the movies. Yes, they are like everyone else… except well, two-headed murderers. Elsa convinces them to join her freak show, to complete her group of “monsters.” And that was only the first 15 minutes….. The episode is full of other freaky odd moments, that made me look between my fingers, cause they were just plain WRONG. 

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Here are my top 5 OMG moments from the episode. 

1. Lobster finger banging boy: Yes, you read that right! Jimmy Darling is a boy who was born with lobster hands, and uses them for the good, I guess. He wants to be normal, but ends up killing the cop that suspects Dot and Bette of the murder. I guess freaks need to stay together.

2. Elsa is a freak herself: We find out at the end of the episode that Elsa doesn’t have legs. Personally, I don’t think that’s scary, but I guess in those days that really set people apart from one another. Regardless, it was a powerful scene!

3. That Clown: There is a crazy clown on the loose. He’s just always around, and I swear every time his face popped up I screamed. And he’s a killer clown–even better.  I just can’t watch him! But does he have anything to do with the freak show? He isn’t a part of it yet, but he’s always lurking in the shadows so you never know when he’ll pop up.

4. That musical number: I get the Glee reference but really  David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” just didn’t fit.

5. All the freaks: Ok, I knew this show was going to be something crazy, but I wasn’t anticipating all these freaks. Call me a baby, but you don’t until you’ve seen the entire episode yourself… At night… With the lights off. 

Photo CR: Michele K. Short/FX


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Scariest Horror TV Shows to Watch for Friday the 13th

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Chilling TV Shows to Watch on Friday the 13th

Happy Friday the 13th. 

If you’re in the mood to get your mind off of reality (we can’t blame you, we’re all tired of hearing about coronavirus) and watch some scary TV shows, we have just the thing. 

While horror used to be a big-screen format, it has found a home on small-screens with shows eager to push forward complex and psychological mysteries, apocalyptic themed-themes, classic slasher tropes, and, for good measure, old fashioned jump scares. 

Check out our list of Friday the 13 TV shows to watch!

 

Riverdale – The CW 

Forget Freddie, Jason, and Michael, Riverdale has the Black Hood, the Gargoyle King, and Edgar Evernever. Riverdale, a town best known by its nickname “murder capital of the world,” is filled with murder mysteries and serial killers, and you never know if what you’re watching is what’s really happening. 

 

Haunting of House Hill – Netflix

There’s nothing scarier than moving into a creaky, old house with your five children. Add in that the house begins to have paranormal experiences that haunt the family simply looking to make a quick buck from a house-flip and you have one of the scariest shows on Netflix. Keep the lights on, you’ll need ‘em. 

 

Scream – MTV/ BET

We hope you remember Ghostface because he’s back this time in a TV series adaptation of the horror film franchise. The MTV series centered around a brutal murder in Lakewood that stirs up memories of a crime spree from the past. The masked killer is out for blood and revenge and leads you on a fun and twisted game of whodunnit.

 

Nancy Drew – The CW

Your favorite sleuthing book detective has made her way to the small screen. Horseshoe Bay is a town plagued by unsettled and ghostly spirits, but one reigns supreme: Lucy Sable. The Seaqueen was murdered in 2000 and has become somewhat of an urban legend until Nancy and her friends, the Drew Crew, decided to solve her mysterious death when it intertwined with another, connected murder.

 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Netflix 

The series will leave you praising Satan! Sabrina Spellman lives on the other side of the Sweetwater River in Greendale, the neighboring town of Riverdale. Sabrina is a half-watch, half-mortal who finds herself fighting against dark forces from the occult that threatens her human world.

 

The Exorcist – FOX 

If the film scared you, the series will give you nightmares. Angela Rance turns to Father Tomas Ortego, a church leader in Chicago, for help battling the evil emitting from inside their house and causing nightmares and psychotic breaks.

 

American Horror Story – FOX 

The anthology series from Ryan Murphy finds each season diving into a new disturbing and gruesome storyline though the actors appear in multiple episodes as new characters. Many elements of the plot are pulled loosely from real events, which makes it even more terrifying. To help you get a general idea, “Murder House,” “Asylum,” “Coven,” “Freakshow,” and “Hotel” are all different seasons to indulge in… if you dare.

 

Black Mirror – Netflix 

When I was a little girl, the Twilight Zone series terrified me, but Black Mirror amplifies the genre by “tapping into the collective unease about the modern world.” In short, it examines modern society through the lens of technology, and there’s nothing scarier than being hit with a dose of realism. Each episode is a stand-alone drama, so you don’t have to watch it all at once.

 

Tell Me A Story – CBS All Access

These aren’t the fairy tales you’re used to. The anthology series, hailing from The Vampire Diaries’ Kevin Williamson, is a dark and twisted take on your favorite fairy tales as they emphasize qualities like greed, lust, murder, and revenge. Season 1 digs into “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Three Little Pigs,” and “Hansel and Gretel,” while season 2 taps into “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella.”

 

The Purge – FX

Based off a film of the same name, the TV series explores what happens to a society when murder and all crime becomes legal for a 12-hour period. Seemingly unconnected characters cross paths, but can they be trusted on Purge Night or are they all just playing the game?

 

Les Revenants (The Returned) – A&E Network

When a group of men, women, and children return home to their village, they’re met with confusion as they’ve been dead for several years. A series of murder coincide with their return that seem connected to a serial killer from the past.

 


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Ryan Murphy Announces ‘American Horror Story’ Spinoff That’s Equally as Chilling

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Ryan Murphy Announces American Horror Story spinoff

From American Horror Story to American Horror Series

Ryan Murphy, the creator behind the anthology series, is planning to tell more horror stories in a spinoff that he announced via Instagram. 

He described the new anthology series “American Horror Stories,” as a “one hour contained” series.

While details aren’t aplenty, it seems as though its an extension of the world he’s already built with each episode serving as a standalone story and featuring familiar faces from the FX show. 

Some of those cast members signing onto the project are likely Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Katy Bates, who were all on-hand for the Zoom meeting discussion to announce the project. 

With AHS renewed for three more seasons, Murphy has a lot of his plate, and fans are still anticipating the 10th season of the series. 

 The Wrap reported that Murphy’s theme for season 10 may be scrapped as filming was very “weather-dependent,” and never got to happen since the coronavirus pandemic shut down production. 

“Well I don’t know, because a lot of what I was going to shoot was dependent on a very specific moment, it was a weather-dependent show. So now I don’t know. I don’t know what we’re going to do. I don’t know what I’m gonna do next with that show. I don’t know if I’ll accelerate another season or wait till next year to shoot this one,” he revealed. 

So, as you see, the fate of season 10 is very much murky and floating into the unknown. However, we have absolutely no worries because there’s bound to be some deeply terrifying ideas in Murphy’s mind to replace the current theme that’ll shake us to the core.

 

And, we always have his spinoff series to look forward to! 


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WATCH: “American Horror Story” Invites You To The Cult for Season 7

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AHS Season 7 Cult

Ryan Murphy is taking some inspo from R. Kelly for the upcoming 7th season of American Horror Story.

Sorry, we had to.

The director revealed the show’s new theme…. drumroll, please…. CULT.

Ryan, who is super secretive about show themes, dropped clues leading up to the reveal on Instagram, which included creepy clowns, American flags, and a person being eaten alive by a hive of bees. Not creepy at all.

While fans still don’t really know what “Cult” signifies but in his announcement, Murphy asked fans to “join the cult.”

 

Here’s what we know so far:

  • Twisty the Clown is back for the season.

  • So did Billie Lourd

 

If I were to take a guess, I would say the series will be set in a colonial town and everyone will be blindly in a patriotic, pro-America cult.

And maybe the cult is run by clowns? I’m definitely getting Purge movie vibes!

guess we’ll find out when the series debuts on Sept. 5!


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