Horror geeks are preparing for another white-knuckle ride as “American Horror Story: Freak Show” set their sights on their big opening on October 8 on FX. The official cast art poster for the freak centric season has just arrived, and everyone is ready to put on a spectacular show. We can already feel the air fill with mystery while eerie carny music draws you in for the freakiest experience on small screen this year.

First Look: 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Releases First Character Pic

First Look: ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Releases First Character Pic

We get to see Kathy Bates as a bearded woman (Effel Darling), and Michael Chiklis plays her ex-husband “the strong man”.  Sarah Paulson is on a swing with two heads as Bette and Dot, while Angela Bassett’s Desiree Dupree seems to be sporting three breasts (or so it looks like!). Jessica Lange’s Elsa Mars takes centre stage as a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S. And yes, Evan Peters’ Jimmy Darling (son of Effel and Chiklis) is also seen in the bottom right of the picture.

Fans of the freaks are also treated to some teasers for the upcoming show created by Ryan Murphy.

Speaking to Hollywoodreporter.com, Murphy revealed some details for his freaks:

“At every freak show, you have the tropes but there’s some [that are] unique and weird,” “It’s about something: It’s about outcasts and how society at that time … true stories about circus performers who were cast aside. The story in many ways dovetails with Asylum, because they leave one era and you can see many of them in real life were put into asylums. There’s a great symmetry we’ve come up with that’s rewarding.”

He added:

“It’s darker than Coven; it feels very unique,” “I directed the first one and I haven’t done that since the very first one of season one. It feels like a Douglas Sirk movie; it’s very 1952 presentational and then the horror is an unexpected jab. As opposed to last year, which was crazy camera work and comedy. This year feels different. The special-ability cast that we have is amazing and I feel so thrilled because for so many of them, it was their dream to be actors and they didn’t have any opportunities. There’s a great community. They feel part of something perhaps for the first time in their life and that’s an amazing thing that I was really emotional about when I was directing them.”


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