Late at night with creeping green smoke Edward Mordrake’s enslaved spirit drifts through the circus grounds visiting each freak. Legless Suzy tries to escape, but Mordrake grabs her hair and tosses her like a Weeble toy. She wobbles upright as he hovers over her “How did you come to be here? Tell me your darkest hour. Give us your sin. Lay bare your darkest shame,” sounding like a shrink instead of a carny grim reaper looking for a soul to add to his ghostly entourage.
When Suzy was two years old her parents dropped her off at a children’s home after losing her legs to a spinal condition. Later in life she was a panhandling in the streets. She became jealous of another hobo panhandler that danced for loose change; so she stabbed him in the leg, and he bled to death. It wasn’t about the money. It was because he had something that she never would, legs. Demon Face rolls his eyes #Next
Paul the Illustrated Seal is cornered in his tighty-whiteys terrified & drunk. He says his greatest sin is just being born. He was tormented for being different, but since he had no arms he couldn’t fight back. He escaped his shame in the darkness of movie theaters which nurtured his dreams for the glitz & glamour of performing. Tired of being called a monster & unloved he had his entire body tattooed to make the world fear him instead. He almost had his pretty boy face covered too, but he chickened out because that is the only thing he liked about himself. He cried at the paradox of having a handsome face with an abnormal body. If he wasn’t a freak he could have ruled the world. Demon Face is bored, “You are not the one.” #MauryPovich …I never realized how really handsome Paul is until this scene. Those eyes!
Mordrake is delightfully amused by the sight of Pepper & Salty as they dance around like children. They’re too innocent & unaware of any shame to even be considered by Mordrake. If only Demon Face knew that they partake in porn movies & drug fueled orgies assaulting candy stripers. #BadLuckPenny
Elsa is stepping up her eyebrow game, and they are looking better than previous episodes. That’s a good thing because she needs to look her best as she is expecting a dark haired stranger to propel her into stardom. When Mordrake arrives she is a total diva. He’s silent & allows her to ramble on with her delusions of grandeur. As she pours him a glass of absinthe she’s still unaware that he is a ghost and not a talent agent. She lights a cigarette, “Cat got your tongue?” (She said this same line last year to the mute butler) Mordrake’s patience has run out and calls her delusional, ignorant, and a waste of oxygen. He’s not there for her talent; he’s there to take someone to the otherside. She sees the face on the back of his head and calls it a silly little prank.
His ghostly freaks push her onto the bed. Realizing that he is Edward Mordrake, she tries to fight them off as they rip off her prosthetic legs while near hysterics crying & screaming that she’s not one of them. The hypocrisy pisses off Mordrake while he tells her that she is indeed a freak, “a freak who pretends to be a benevolent zoo keeper of freaks when she’s nothing but a pernicious diseased animal herself.” As he caresses the tears on her face, “Now tell me about your darkest hour.” …. Hot damn! Sexy Goth Mordrake makes verbal abuse sound like poetry. I want him to use his #Dicktionary of fancy words on me too.
Jimmy & Maggie are riding back to the circus when the motorbike runs out of gas. He says they need to get off the road and walk through the woods so they don’t get caught breaking the curfew. Blah blah flirting blah blah. When a car comes down the road they hide in the bushes…. Twisty’s school bus of horrors with his three young hostages is on the otherside of the road. When Twisty unlocked the prisoner cage Bonnie pushed him down & escapes running onto the road where Jimmy and Maggie are hiding. Twisty chases after her and knocks her out in the struggle. Both Jimmy & Maggie watched him carry Bonnie back into the woods and followed them to Twisty’s hideaway. They are both knocked unconscious by another clown. When he takes off his mask it’s Dandy and says “It’s time for the real Halloween show to begin.”
Mordrake allows Elsa to reattach her legs, and she makes a sexual innuendo that she prefers to be upright when entertaining a handsome stranger. He assures her that he is not down to fuck because he is a ghost. But Demon Face does want something from her, “He wants your misery. He wants your true darkness.”
Elsa’s darkest period was when she was a sadistic dominatrix in Berlin 1932 during a period of sexual chaos for the citizens after Germany’s surrender in the War. Everyone was channeling their anger, humiliation, & misery through sex. Lots of dirty perverted I don’t give a fuck if I die sex. Inside the brothel where she worked we see several graphic vignettes of bondage, flogging, and sexual torture. Did you notice the old man masturbating while watching a whore piss in a cup? It took a couple of rewinds for me to realize that a ménage à trois scene involved a tied up pregnant prostitute. This stuff is vanilla compared to other deviant services involving animals, scat, amputees, & hunchbacks. I warn you please DO NOT google scat EVER; and if you do your eyeballs will never forgive you. #TwoGirlsOneCup
Here comes Mistress Elsa in head to toe black; confidently strutting in thigh high boots, garter, stockings, short skirt, leather corset, leather gloves, lace top & mask… and a gawd awful blond bob wig. Elsa is giving me life right now but someone call the police because bitch stole Madonna’s look from her last tour. Mistress E is giving her submissive client a choice of accessories, and replies with a WOOF when he chooses a leashed dog collar. Elsa is humiliating her man-dog on all fours and then forcing him to sit on a nail spiked toilet seat. She tells Mordrake that she was an out of work stage actress, but now performing in the S&M world, and she was the STAR of all the whores. She worked in the top hotels, but she was not like the other whores. Clients weren’t allowed touch her, and there was no penetration because she would never allow their “filth” inside her. #Roomba
Mistress Elsa became well known and attracted another source of income with a paying audience she called The Watchers. She tells Mordrake that over time she felt like she had traded in her humanity trick by trick; and in the end she was nothing but a ghost. Not satisfied that she told him the worst of it, Mordrake demands that Elsa tell him the story about her legs.
She first confesses that her ambition was her downfall. The Watchers paid her to make porn movies with submissive co-stars. She was their top seller, and was praised that she could make men ejaculate gold. This movie shoot was different because there was no co-star. She was drugged enough to be powerless; but not enough to forget, not enough to not understand, not enough to dull the pain. The Watchers, the three men that were present for the filming, pulled stockings over their heads and smeared lipstick on the outlines of their mouth giving them a distorted & terrifying presence. I assume this was to conceal their identities on film, or they’re just sick fucks. Adding to the kink factor two of the men were wearing women’s lingerie. When Elsa was chained to the bed with cuff restraints she realized something awful was about to happen and simultaneously with her screams one of the men revved up a chain saw and buzzed off her legs.
Side bar: Here Elsa appeared more than 20 years younger, and she was movie star glamorous. She was ready for her close-up wearing a satin mini-cape & flawlessly coiffed hair; juxtaposing it with a snuff film made it probably the most horrifying scene I’ve ever watched in the AHS series, I think. The writers took her back-story to a repulsive psycho-sexual place instead of one involving a birth defect, the War, Hitler, or human experimentation. Plus I give a nod to the writers because coincidently the portable chainsaw was invented in Germany 1925. During a close up of the chain saw there were two words. One of them was Dorficht; I could not read the other one. You guys know how I obsess over details. #OCD
The Watchers left her to die, but she was saved by a soldier boy who was also one of her tricks that loved her and followed her everywhere. The snuff film was passed around all over Europe, and she was a star but it ruined her career. Is she talking about her acting or dominatrix career? The Demon inside Mordrake says “She’s the one.” She seems relieved & eager as she begs & begs for him to kill her then dropping to her knees screaming “Please take me what are you waiting for?” He pulls out his dagger & his body moves to kill but then he stops and asks, “Do you hear music?”
Outside in the woods Dandy & Twisty have Jimmy & the youngsters tied and putting on “The Greatest Show on Earth” for their captive audience. Twisty is playing toy musical instruments that Mordrake hears. Remember Mordrake is summoned when freaks perform on Halloween. Dandy introduces Maggie as “Tiny Tits,” #LOL, his assistant in a box that is about to be sawed in half, but this won’t be an illusion. Jimmy manages to get out of his ties to punch down Dandy. Twisty starts grunting and directing the captives to clap as if this was part of the show. Clearly Twisty craves to entertain children, or at least he’s trying. The young captives are able to flee, enraging Twisty, and then he recaptures Jimmy back to his trailer. Just as Twisty is about to stab Jimmy the creeping green smoke along with Mordrake flow into the Clown killer’s school bus. Dandy is chasing after Maggie & the youngsters but they were too far ahead of him. Just like a temperamental child he cries out “You’ve ruined my Halloween.”
Twisty is reluctantly passive to Mordrake’s command to remove his mask and “Tell me your story.” Twisty is missing his lower jaw with a wide gaping infected cavity for a lower face with a tongue that is trying to not be swallowed as it wiggles around for support. This is making me gag, it’s so gross. Bravo to the special effects/make up team. He is unable to speak, but Mordrake instructs him to focus his mind and he will be able to understand. Twisty’s speech becomes intelligible and we begin tell his story.
It’s 1943 and Twisty is a working clown in a traveling circus. He has great pure love for the children, and wants to make them happy. Some of the freaks were mean to him, and he did not get along well with them. A couple of the little people working in the circus were jealous of Twisty. More specifically they wanted his job because the little kids would sit on his lap and wiggle. Oh boy these little turd freaks were pedophiles.
Late one night the little people scum-bags invite Twisty to talk. They tease him for being a simpleton and kinda “slow” if you know what I mean. Twisty shares that his mom was drunk and dropped him on his head when was little. They told Twisty that they had called the cops on him, accusing him of taking advantage of the children. They easily tricked him to run away from the circus. Once the rumor spread that he was a pedophile, he was no longer able to find work doing the job he loved, being a clown that makes children happy.
Twisty returned back to Jupiter to be with his mother, but then she died; he was alone and needed to support himself. Now living in his “short bus” in the woods he needed to earn money. He was inspired by the fairy tale “Rumpelstiltskin” (a fairy tale that originated in Germany) to make children’s toys out of junk. He tried to get the local toy store to sell them, but the store owner declined. Twisty insists, but then owner loses his patience and calls Twisty a child molester. This is the same toy store that Twisty returned to years later in episode 2 killing the owner & employee.
Twisty’s darkest time is his disfigurement that was the result of a failed suicide attempt by swallowing the end of a rifle and shooting half his face off. Getting creative with the broad bandage covering his injury, he was inspired to paint a huge toothy grin on it to disguise the lower half of his missing face. With his new look he tried to blend back in at Elsa’s circus, but he was ignored.
Twisty tells Mordrake that he kidnapped the children to save them because he loved them. He really thought he was doing something good for them. Twisty felt that the freaks were stealing the children’s love which motivated his kidnapping & murder spree. He was trying to be a good clown for the kids when he killed their mean parents by giving them candy and chore free life in captivity. He even brought them Bonnie, a pretty kidnapped babysitter.
As Jimmy looks on from inside the bus Mordrake shares that he’s met many killers in his days & many people who’ve had cravings for death. He says that all of them have in some form have admitted to the darkness in their hearts, but Twisty doesn’t admit to any wrong doing. Mordrake says that his story has caused Demon Face to weep, “You are the one.” He swiftly stabbed Twisty to death & then his ghostly companions took his soul with his fully healed face & someone else’s scalp still on his head away to Hell for eternity… Dandy finds Twisty’s body and gives a weird orgasm face as he tries on Twisty’s really gross and stanky mouth mask. The police sirens are in the distance and he leaves.
Jimmy lied to the police that he didn’t know what happened, but instead reminded the detective that Meep was killed in his jail, & somebody still had to pay for his death. Maggie told another officer that Jimmy was a hero.
Back at camp Jimmy told Elsa that Mordrake had claimed his freak and the curfew had been lifted, and Maggie thanked Jimmy for his heroism with a kiss on the cheek. Soon a mob arrived. Elsa assumed that they were coming to run them out of town. Instead it was the town folks coming to thank Jimmy by shaking his lobster hands for saving the children as well as the town. A little girl asks Desiree if she’s a real lady. Hilariously Desiree shimmies, “I’m a lady and then some.” Elsa always ready to hustle for some coins, welcomes them all to purchase tickets at the box office.
Now that she’s expecting a full house & eager to hog up the spotlight, Elsa has demoted the Tattler twins to be the warm up act for the pinheads. Maggie’s scam partner Stanley shows up pretending to be a talent scout from Hollywood, and he wants a ticket to her sold out show. Of course Elsa is able to find a seat for him and his big dick. #Thirsty
Dandy returns to his mansion still wearing his Twisty 2.0 costume. Dora starts to chew his ass out, and she is very lippy with him, “I’m not afraid of you…You little made in the shade white boy.” Just as she complains about washing his shit stain underwear he slashes her throat. Dandy laughs maniacally. Is Lady Marmalade his first human kill? Patti gurl, you should have known that Dandy was gonna gitchya gitchya ya ya ya.
WOW this was my absolute favorite episode thus far. Y’all know I have more commentary to add in the comments below, and please join in. Check out my previous AHS recaps here. You can whip me, beat me, & humiliate me on my twitter @Urethra_F Have a safe Halloween. I’m gonna turn off the porch lights, close the curtains and eat candy while watching the 1978 horror classic Halloween. I’m not opening the door for nobody.