American Horror Story is going to the country for its sixth anthology chapter, titled “?6” as a nod to all the mystery surrounding its theme and the show’s grand tradition of moniker-mixing. In the past, American Horror Story has taken on various horrific themes, like witches, an infamous murder house, and an insane asylum - just to name a few.
This time, the FX horror series looks to be taking up residence in an old farmhouse, which is sure to prove prime real estate for all-things-nefarious as the new round of characters and chaos kick off this fall.
Until now, AHS fans have had to rely on mere speculation to decipher what’s on deck for the new run, but FX has released six (another wink to the wicked season number) new teaser videos that might help to clue us a little further into what’s in store for AHS: ?6.
The first teaser shows the same farmhouse with a six-shaped smoke spiral as shown in the social media-based teasers released earlier on Snapchat. Since the audio here includes a chainsaw ripping open to motorized life, a lady’s scream, and the teaser is titled “What’s Cooking?” it gives off some serious Texas Chainsaw Massacre throwback vibes.
Meanwhile, the clip titled "Sunset Stroll" has more of a The Hills Have Eyes-meets-Children of the Corn feel to it, as viewers meet three glowing-eyed hillbillies (one of which is kid-sized) out in the otherwise people-free plains. These are definitely not the Joads just looking to hitch a friendly lift to their next stop.
In the teaser titled "Post Op," an already brutalized patient of an off-screen doctor/mad scientist enjoys his heavy hand with the staples after apparently undergoing an anesthesia-free craniotomy.
Whoever’s responsible for this bassinet’s mental mobile design either has a wicked sense of humor or the sickest parenting style this side of Mommie Dearest. The hand that reaches up at the end of this clip, titled "Lullaby," also seems like a callback to the glove Gaga rocked all through her inaugural run on AHS: Hotel -- although it looks a touch more alien green than the former.
As if trekking down to a dark basement wasn't creepy enough, how about the less friendly version of Labyrinth’s helping hands reaching in to join in on the stair-running fun? To top off the frightening clip titled "Descent," the character is barefoot.
The final teaser, "Milli Crossing" seems to offer the briefest glimpse of Gaga in her new “?6” character, and it looks like she’s not making too many changes to her aesthetics this season. For starters, she’s obviously kept the ice blonde hair and penchant for wearing lipstick, and her deadened eyes still appear to be as humorless and stoic as before, albeit a lot greener - even as a millipede slithers down her face in this clip.
Although Lady Gaga is one of the newest members of Ryan Murphy’s hit anthology series, she’s also one of the most anticipated for the new season, since her first run at the show in AHS: Hotel earned her major fanfare, a Golden Globe win, and an immediate ticket to the new season.
The frightening farmhouse teased for AHS: ?6 joins an ever-growing list of horrifying locales, but could the barnyard business bring some more otherworldliness into the fold? Between the green hand and those bright-eyed field people, we may or may not be getting some alien invasion ideas from all these clips. Considering the alien-focused storyline of season 2, it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility.
In addition to Gaga, previous American Horror Story stars Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Cheyenne Jackson, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, Finn Wittrock, Wes Bentley, Denis O’Hare, Kathy Bates, and Matt Bomer are expected to return as well.
American Horror Story season 6 will return to FX on September 14th.