Edward Mordrake Part 1 – Freak Show Episode 3 – The American Horror Story Fan Podcast

Edward Mordrake Part 1 is the title of the third episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show. The impression Twisty has made on Dandy leads to the man child creating his own Halloween clown costume. Ethel receives some bad news. Dot and Bette learn he legend of Edward Mordrake. All this an more…

Welcome to The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: Freak Show. This the unofficial podcast about the hit FX Horror Television show American Horror Story by fans for fans as brought to you by HorrorNewsTV.com and DocRotten.com. Now in its fourth highly anticipated season, the award winning genre show is set to push even more boundaries and break even more unimaginable taboos with Freak Show. The theme this season is a carnival struggling to survive in Jupiter, Florida in 1952. Returning to co-host the fan podcast are Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani.


The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: Freak Show
Episode 3 –  Edward Mordrake

Things to look forward to after the recap each episode are Thomas providing his favorite Crazy Moment of the Week of the week and Doc shares his favorite Outrageous Theory of the Week. Out of all the nutty things that show creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk could possibly shove into a single episode, what could Thomas possibly settle upon? And what theory could possibly come out of Doc’s warped mind to shed any light into the Freak Show’s visual treats of wonder and horror? Listen to the podcast and find out.

We also want to hear from you! The American Horror Story Fan Podcast is designed with the fan in mind and listener feedback is encouraged. That’s right, we want to hear from you! To help you out, we have a Speakpipe account set up for you to leave your Voice Messages. Click on this link and leave Doc and Thomas your thoughts. What are your theories? What was the craziest moment of the show? Who’s your favorite character? Which character do you despise the most? The service is free and no number is required, all you need is a PC and mic.

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Doc Rotten

Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior.

Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970’s searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.

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  • Charles

    You mentioned Sssssss as a movie reference n your review. I just want to say that it seems like, on the average, every 20 years or so, someone mentions this movie. I saw it as a child on television and that scene where Dirk Benedict (I think it was him) is half snake and half human was terrifying to me. With the exception of The Omen, The Ring, and one or 2 other movies, nothing really sticks to me from a horror standpoint. Well, that scene stuck with me for awhile as a child. I’m sure if i saw it again, I’d remark on how fake it looks, but I wonder if I’d just be saying that to comfort myself. Nice reference, creepy scene.

    By the way, although it was a little predictable, Twisty the clown will be missed. That actor places Crazy well. He was great in Carnivale (at least I think it was him). It was great getting the back stories on some more of the characters. Jessica Lang’s was pretty horrific. By the way, is it me or are Dot and her sister’s special effects becoming less and less convincing?

    By the way, too back you guys don’t do The Walking Dead. It is on fire this season!

    • Charles, I am not sure why SSSSSSS sticks with me as well. I caught it on what I think was a movie-of-the-week showing in the ’70s before Dirk Benedict hit it big on Battlestar Galactica. And the whole carnival ending really struck me as frightening. The ending where he appears at the end as a limbless snake man, similar to the reveal of the chicken lady in FREAKS, was haunting and terrifying.

      I was more aware of Strother Martin at the time, mostly due to Cool Hand Luke & “What we have here is failure to communicate…” -but he was everywhere in the Seventies. Heather Menzies later stars in the TV version of Logan’s Run.

      I have SSSSSS on DVD, a grovy 4 movie set w/ Funhouse, Phantasm II and Serpent & the Rainbow, and it holds up well enough for a film of its ilk – a little goofy but the impact can still be felt. Check it out again sometime.