The most spectacular show on Earth is about to become the stuff of nightmares. At least, that's what Ryan Murphy invisions for the upcoming fourth installment of 'American Horror Story: Freak Show,' which will air later this fall on FX.
The 'AHS' co-creator recently sat down with the folks over at Entertainment Weekly to dish out a few very disturbing (aka awesome) details about what fans can expect to see come out of this three-ring circus of a season.
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Set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950, 'Freak Show' will find Jessica Lange playing a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the United States. Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy will all play performers in her group of "unusuals."
"It was always a concept that Jessica and I talked about really early on," Murphy tells the site. "It was always her favorite one, which I thought was funny. I’ve had many different versions that I’ve run by her. I just love it. It feels really right."
Oh, and surprise, surprise — it's going to be SUPER scary. "I thought it was going to be light but it’s turning out to be quite terrifyingly dark, which it feels much more like the 'Asylum' season," Murphy describes. "But look — if you have a character named the Clown Killer, it’s going to be dark."
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So scary clowns are definitely happening? "Yes," confirms Murphy. But not just any kind of clown: "the most terrifying clown ever!" And what about other famous freak show tropes, like the bearded lady? "Yes," he teases. "Our version of it."
Let the night terrors begin! Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to book a few therapy sessions for October. I suggest you do the same.