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“American Horror Story” gets its groove back in season four

SPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to watch the new episode of “American Horror Story,” please do not read on.

This past Wednesday I anxiously waited for “American Horror Story” to load on my computer so I could watch the fourth season premiere.

Titled “Freak Show,” the scary series theme revolves around a traveling circus set in Jupiter, Florida.

Seasons two and three disappointed me. The story line failed to meet the expectations of season one, and the overall “scariness” of the show declined, which made me start to lose hope in “AHS.”

The circus theme set my expectations high. I had renewed hope for “AHS” this season.

I wanted to see abnormal, scary characters that were so deranged I would get nightmares after watching this episode.

Looking back, I should have remembered the cliché, “be careful what you wish for,” because after watching the premiere, I got zero minutes of sleep.

It exceeded my expectations.

The cast of characters were eccentric. The makeup and wardrobe were phenomenal.

Take Sarah Paulson’s two-headed character. I was afraid that the effects would make her character seem cheesy along with the drab 1950s farm clothing, but Paulson can do no wrong. I can’t wait to see what the twins will be up to next.

Evan Peters’ character also amped up the shock factor for the show. Take a devilishly handsome man. Mutate his hands so that they look like lobster claws. Make him a carnie and a side male prostitute and what do you get? Perfection. You still get perfection. (Evan, you’re a babe.)

Lastly, how can we forget the star of it all? Jessica Lange.

With “Freak Show” being her last season, I expected her character to be the most bad*ss, cunning and sassy.

I was not disappointed.

Her character Elsa is the ring leader of this freak show, and she is not to be messed with.

Her movie star wardrobe is on point. She plays up the accent perfectly, and no one could have pulled off that opening singing number like she did.

I can’t forget to acknowledge SMU’s very own Kathy Bates playing a bearded woman, Emma Roberts playing an undercover detective (Nancy Drew part two?) and the world’s smallest woman Jyoti Amge guest starring this season. Needless to say, I am excited for what’s to come.

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