ABOVE | Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars in American Horror Story Freak Show.
NOTE | This is clearly a show for adults and not children. But moms and dads deserve something to watch too and this looks to be a very creative, (and if you love haunting) exciting show. It is for mature audiences and contains both violence and sexual situations.

Like many, I first saw Jessica Lange in the 1976 remake of King Kong. (Yes, I am that old.) Like many teenage boys, I eagerly awaited to see Jessica Lange's...uh...performance. She was of course beautiful, but the performance...Eh? 

Since Lange was originally from Minnesota, my curiosity continued to peak in her other performances. Much like the Minnesota Scandinavian tradition of saying "no thank you" three times before accepting a cup of coffee, I needed to give Jessica a few shots at proving herself. She began to find herself a few years later during her incredible portrayal of Frances Farmer in Frances. She added to that by taking roles that expanded her range in films such as Cape Fear and Tootsie as well as her portrayal of Patsy Cline. Then she changed venues and played Blanche in a Street Car Named Desire on Broadway. I think all of this prepared her for her ultimate role as the ever changing matriarch in American Horror Story.

I was mesmerized by her performance in the first American Horror Story season. Her range and delivery got better with each year until capping her multiple decades long growth with Wednesday night's apogee performance as Elsa Mars in Freak Show. 
ABOVE | Jessica Lang performs a version of David Bowie's Life On Mars.
I've probably led you astray with my Jessica Lange obsession (please don't find it creepy). The Freak Show ensemble cast is incredible in this show. There are deep performances from Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, and Evan Peters to name a few. The story line already seems strong. (Why is Twisty the clown collecting children in an old school bus?) The magic of combining Moulin Rouge movie techniques with a mid century aesthetic and multiple stories about desire becoming tragic are phenomenal. But as the big top falls on American Horror Story, a teenage boy had a dream that a beautiful woman would be a spectacular actress and now that he's an old man, she finally is.
American Horror Story Freak Show's first episode gets a five theater seat rating! You can find the current season on FX. Some previous seasons of American Horror Story can be found on Netflix.

By Russell W. Peterson | DayParentDad.com | 10 Oct 14
ABOVE | Introducing American Horror Story Freak Show



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