American Horror Story has gripped people with its gore and grim storytelling for five seasons. The special effects are so good that audiences have been truly terrified by Ryan Murphy’s anthology horror series. But what happens when you take those effects away? In 2014’s American Horror Story Season Four: Freak Show, The People vs O.J Simpson star Sarah Paulson played conjoined twins Bette and Dot Tattler. But she had a little help from both CGI and two life sized animatronic replicas of her head. The visual effects are on display in this behind the scenes video:
This one looks at the making of the animatronic heads:
Following the season’s premiere, creator Ryan Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter that, whilst other films have typically had separate actors perform each twin and conjoined the two at the torso, AHS had to be different: “I really wanted Sarah to be both roles because I thought that would be more challenging.
“We did a test early on that was good, but I didn’t love it. I thought if we kept working on it, it would get better — and it did.”
To achieve the effect, Paulson had to record everything three or four times. As a result, her scenes took around 12-15 hours to film as opposed to five, the average for the rest of the cast.
Season six of American Horror Story premieres on September 14 on FX. Little is known about the new season, but FX CEO John Landgraf recently told Entertainment Weekly that teaser trailers released on the FX YouTube were “hypothetical” and “misdirects”. This wait is AGONISING.