'American Horror Story' Sneak Peek Will Creep You Out (VIDEO)

I can't say they drew me in with their breathless promotions about how American Horror Story comes from the creators of Glee (bleah) and Nip/Tuck (never saw it), but FX has definitely sealed my hit-record-on-the-TiVo deal by releasing the show's opening credits. Because dude: legitimately creepy.

The show premieres tomorrow night at 10 p.m., and until now, I've been fairly uninterested. I skimmed the plot description and thought it sounded like a soap opera. Something like Dark Shadows, maybe. The commercials made it look sort of boring, and the fact that the ads kept mentioning Glee just made me confused. Were they going to ... SING? Yeah, I'm out.

However, today a video of the opening credits sequence was released, and wow. Can a one-minute clip change your entire mind about a show? YES IT CAN.


The clip was created by the same company that did the absolutely outstanding opener for Seven, and it brings across that same dread-soaked feeling of telling a story with just a few disturbing images.

Here, take a look:


Horror Story's creator Ryan Murphy says the bizarre nightmarish jumble of visuals will all become clear over time:

The title sequence is almost like a mystery. By the time you see the ninth episode of this season, every image in that title sequence will be explained. So for example, what are the jars in the basement? What is the mystery of the floating white Christening dress? Why is somebody holding hedge clippers that are bloody? Each time you watch it and you watch the week’s episode you’ll be able to say, "Oh that’s why that’s in there!"

If that music sounds a bit familiar to you, it's because it was created by sound designer Cesar Davila-Irizarry and musician Charlie Clouser, formerly of Nine Inch Nails. The audio is also meant to evoke the haunted house in the show, specifically ambient noises like dripping water.

The gist of American Horror Story is that it follows the Harmons — Ben (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton, yay!), and their daughter, Violet (Taissa Farmiga) — as they move from Boston to Los Angeles looking for a fresh start after Ben's affair and Vivien's miscarriage. Unfortunately, the home they move into has a dark and evil history, and, well, I can only assume that Various Bad Things Ensue.

The creators say that they wanted to avoid the typical slasher-genre fare by focusing on fears in society, things we are all afraid of. Apparently part of the creepiness will delve into emotional places, like Ben's affair and the subsequent trauma this causes to his marriage — but there's plenty of good old-fashioned horror available too (the basement houses an evil creature, the attic has some sort of possessed fetish suit).

When asked if the show occasionally "goes too far," Dylan McDermott gave an interesting response:

Of course. It's meant to push the envelope, to make people think and feel. It's not realism. This is horror. This is hyperrealism. The only thing that's real and grounded is the relationship of the family.

Yep, I'm definitely checking this out tomorrow. What about you?

Image via FX

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