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American Horror Story lets viewers unleash inner freak

Title: American Horror Story: Freak Show

Starring: Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters

Plot: A band of social outcasts come together and put on a disturbing freak show under the careful guidance of a former German star whose career is on its last legs.

Why see it:  Everything about this season of American Horror Story is appealing. The initial attraction of watching performers turn their so-called handicaps morph into standing ovations brings viewers in. The underlying grim reality of poverty, murderous clown rampages and an exploration of the bizarre inspires fixation. The show’s creator Ryan Murphy always keeps the audience guessing. Keeping true to the show’s notoriously gristly style, there’s just enough gore to be shocking without going overboard. The characters have been cast impeccably, and watching them is truly an immersive experience. This is especially because Murphy has ingrained suspense in the show and hanging on their every word comes naturally. Since each story is so unique it becomes impossible not to feel attached to their struggles and their stories. Future episodes definitely won’t disappoint.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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