American Horror Story - Freak Show, Episode 2 - Rotten Tomatoes

Massacres and Matinees



Critic Consensus: The dark themes of "Massacres and Matinees" are reminiscent of themes of season two, only more vibrant this time around.

Episode Info

A man from Ethel's troubled past arrives at camp. Meanwhile, Gloria arranges a play date for Dandy.


Jessica Lange
as Elsa Mars
Sarah Paulson
as Bette and Dot Tatler
Kathy Bates
as Ethel Darling
Evan Peters
as Jimmy Darling
Michael Chiklis
as Dell Toldeo
Angela Bassett
as Desiree Dupree
Emma Roberts
as Maggie Esmeralda
Finn Wittrock
as Dandy Mott
Frances Conroy
as Gloria Mott
John Carroll Lynch
as Twisty the Clown
Denis O'Hare
as Stanley
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Critic reviews for Massacres and Matinees

But - again, compared to other seasons - they're letting this one take its time... We sense some confidence in the scripts this time, as if people know exactly where they want to go and how they're going to get there.

June 8, 2018 | Full Review…

As early as it may be in the season, I'm enjoying the Freak Show characters and story.

January 21, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

In the early going anyway, Freak Show is more concerned with serving up a series of indelible moments than connecting them via a strong, compelling narrative. And that's okay for now.

January 21, 2015 | Full Review…

This season is dark, dark, dark. Basically: It's "Asylum" with a prettier coat of paint on top.

January 21, 2015 | Full Review…

Twisty is my least favorite part of the season so far, but the throat-clenching tension of "Massacres And Matinees"'s cold open uses John Carroll Lynch's character to marvelous effect.

January 21, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

The second episode of Freak Show was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, whose sensibility is garish and loopy but also precise and formalist, like Wes Anderson directing a snuff film.

January 21, 2015 | Full Review…

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