From a haunted house and an asylum with some supremely weird goings-on, Ryan Murphy and Brian Falchuk's award-winning supernatural thriller series American Horror Story is starting over once again with a new story this fall, in a third season that has been titled American Horror Story: Coven.
As the show name might suggest, this new season is going to be all about witchcraft and voodoo, and will be set in Louisiana in the early 19th century. Partially based on real people who lived at the time, American Horror Story will hopefully deliver another solid, scary tale that continues to deliver the weird, sexy and weirdly sexy amidst its genuinely unsettling plots and visuals. If the new promotional teaser for the show, which is appropriately called "Stakes," is anything to go by, American Horror Story: Coven should definitely deliver on the latter.
Based on the style, it seems like these promotional clips might be part of the show's customarily spooky opening titles, which accompany the theme song composed by sound designer Cezar Davila-Irizarry and Nine Inch Nails' Charlie Clouser. This teasers also feature some creepy music to go with the visuals, and you can see more short glimpses at what's to come in the "Detention" teaser and the two other promos that were revealed earlier this month.
It won't be long before we find out whether these clips really are lifted from the new opening sequence, however, as Collider has received confirmation from FX that the new season will premiere on Wednesday, October 9th. As well as returning star Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven will also feature fresh talent from Kathy Bates (Misery), Angela Bassett (Green Lantern) and Patti LuPone (Driving Miss Daisy).
While showrunner Ryan Murphy has already revealed that Bates' character and Lange's will be nemeses, it's difficult to know whether we'll be rooting for Fiona, the witch (Lange), or Madame LaLaurie (Bates), who is based on a real-life serial killer who tortured and murdered slaves. Probably Fiona, at a guess, though it's possible that both characters will be as despicable as each other.
One of the benefits of starting over with a new story and characters every season is that American Horror Story can always pull in new viewers based on a season's selected subject matter, without them first needing to watch all the preceding episodes. In the comments, tell us which movie or TV show you think has delivered the scariest depiction of witchcraft so far.
American Horror Story: Asylum premieres on Wednesday, October 9th.