'American Horror Story' Clown Terrifies

Kyle Kaplan '15 Editor-in-Chief 

On Oct. 13, I officially became afraid of clowns. The fourth installment of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s hit anthology series “American Horror Story” has received mixed reviews, ranging from fans ecstatic over Jessica Lange’s rendition of David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” to accusations of the show’s display of ableism.

One expectation, however, was probably met for everyone when we meet Twisty. Dubbed “the most terrifying clown of all time” by Murphy, Twisty did not scare me at first. His first scene is so awkward — he’s spying on a couple making out in a field, and the girlfriend just looks up and sees him standing there and is completely unaffected — I just start laughing. He’s not scary. Creepy, yes, but I didn’t fall off the bed screaming while he performs a series of tricks for this ill-fated (and yet to be named) girl waiting for her boyfriend to bring back a condom. When he does show up and we watch as Twisty realizes he has competition, I turn down the volume on my computer and cover my eyes. Through peeked fingers, I watch as Twisty joyously stabs this guy and something about it just gets me.

Since “American Horror Story: Freakshow” first aired, Twisty keeps getting worse.

Last week, viewers got to see another side of Twisty. Gloria, a rich widow ever eager to please her son, Dandy, brings the stab-happy clown home with her. Dandy and Twisty seem to get along, in the sense that he doesn’t kill him immediately.  According to the preview for next week’s episode, the two join forces. I thought this was a surprising choice on the writer’s part.  It seems unlikely that Twisty would want, let alone need, a protégé, but maybe his whole deal is no one understands him.

Murphy says viewers will find out his back-story in a two-part episode. I’ll be sleeping with the lights on after 10 p.m. this Wednesday on channel FX.