New DVD Releases: American Horror Story & Penny Dreadful

It’s the first weekend of October, and spooky spirit of the month is in full swing! Two of our most anticipated new releases this week include American Horror Story: Season 4 and Penny Dreadful: Season 2.

Popular horror anthology series American Horror Story adds its fourth creepy season to the Netflix DVD collection. In American Horror Story: Freak Show, a traveling troupe of freaks, one of the last remaining freak shows in America, sets up camp in sleepy 1952 Jupiter, Florida. However, the quiet town is plagued with terror and danger, thanks in part to serial killer Twisty the Clown. The freak show quickly gets even more twisted as killing abounds in gruesome ways, staining many of the characters’ hands with blood. What sorts of pleasant folks can you expect to meet this season? The bearded lady (played by Kathy Bates), conjoined twin sisters, con artists, a mad magician (the fantastic Neil Patrick Harris), and a whole host of disturbing and disturbed characters. Feel the October chill as you witness twisted relationships and grisly murders!

 

If you’re a fan of the Gothic, Penny Dreadful is right up your dark London alley. In a gloriously grim Victorian setting, supernatural evil and malevolent characters lurk around every city corner. Some of literature’s most iconic dark creatures - including Frankenstein’s monster, Van Helsing, and Dorian Gray - clash with other original characters on London’s shadowy streets. Suspense and terror reign supreme in the psychological thriller that is Penny Dreadful. The acting is superb (the mysteriously beautiful Eva Green shines in her role as an enigmatic heroine), the show is skillfully shot, and you’ll relish every interaction between the characters, both iconic and new. Queue up seasons 1 and 2 of this macabre British-American horror drama for an elegant take on Halloween classics!