Is FX's American Horror Story Poised to Be Freakiest Show Ever?

How does Ryan Murphy, creator of the kinky and twisted Nip/Tuck, follow-up his current hit, the saccharine singing sensation Glee? Duh. With gallons of fake blood and visions that would make butchers wince.

Murphy has returned to his demented roots with American Horror Story, a psycho-sexual horror series on FX that's set to debut during the so-called scariest month of the year, October. The lid had been kept so tightly on the project that when it was finally taken off last night during a screening for critics, everyone's faces melted like the opening of the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Between the slack-jawed reports of the pilot and the images FX released today, American Horror Story sounds like the series that's going to generate heated discussion, make Twitter explode with the force of a 10-ton bomb, and rouse the rabble of conservative groups all over.

Here's what we now about the series: a family already on the rocks–because of the husband's infidelity and the wife's traumatic miscarriage–buys an L.A.-area house that previously hosted multiple murders and is (probably) haunted, according to EW's Ken Tucker. Sounds pretty whatev, right? Well soon, blood starts running down the walls, the husband's psychiatric clients start doing that Jacob's Ladder head-shaking thing, husband and wife have rough, bondage sex, and everyone in the house starts seeing disturbing visions, including a maid that alternates between sweet old lady and voluptuous whore. NPR's Linda Holmes makes references to "demon-y looking things" and "creepy things in jars." NY Magazine's Kyle Buchanan says star Dylan McDermott's bare ass should be given its own acting credit as it's on screen enough for one. But everyone agrees that it's batsh*t insane and moves at a break-neck pace that might be tough to sustain.

Is it a fetishist's and horror fan's dream or a lesson in absent-minded sensationalism? Right now it appears to be both, as early opinions on American Horror Story are split right down the middle. One thing's for sure though: everyone will have something to say on the project when it debuts later this year.

Here are some of the photos FX released today:

[UPDATE] FX has released this teaser, and it is indeed fuh-reaky.

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You know this is going to be good. I think it's gonna be a little like the movie "The Messengers" which Dylan McDermott starred in, also one of my favorite movies. Can't wait to tune in & see what this plot is all about. Although most people think Ryan Murphy is a d*%k, he does create some great shows, really dont care for Glee. Great cast, bout time they had a show like this for TV.. Only thing that sucks is the short clips, although really creepy but way too short.
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I've never really seen Nip/Tuck or Glee but this show has definitely peeked my interest...
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I like Nip/Tuck but I haaaate Glee. I'll tune in though.
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Bring it on the creepier the better, I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Bring it on the creepier the better, I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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I have a lot of respect for Ryan Murphy. He's a good man, and he is good at what he does. He was a member of the fan-made Nip/Tuck forum back in the day. Him posting there gave me a glimpse of him personally. I don't like Glee, but I do respect its success. I am willing to bet he came up with something impressive with this new show.
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Whenever i see those 3 creepy clips online they keep saying there are "clues" to decipher...i'm not seeing any clues, in fact not seeing much of anything in such a short teaser clip. are they just doing that to build up hype or are there actually clues?



as for the whole RM thing...if he shuts up, i'll watch this show.
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I always wonder how somebody can do stuff that are so different one from an other but that aren't opposite... because some shows' creators have a "kind" and you find some points in common between them but for Ryan Murphy I can't....
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I wouldn't call this a Horror story, more like a Terror story, what with all the Supernatural things going on. To me a Horror story usually involves demented freaks running around with daggers or machetes cutting and slashing everyone in sight.
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Relax dude, that's a ridiculous attempt at an argument. That's what it's called and it sounds accurate to me - no need to split hairs.
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Hooray indeed! And Jessica Lange.... ohhh...
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So. Freaking. Excited.
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LOL jesus christ u sure as hell write like a stalker! learn to take a joke dumbass
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This sounds awesome, can't wait to check it out!!!
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dude we get it
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I'll give it a chance, seeing as there aren't any other horror shows on TV (Walking Dead at a push and possible Supernatural and True Blood but they are not really horror). Not sure about McDermott, I never really take to his characters, although I did like Dark Blue. And as everyone else has mentioned, Connie + b*ndage = must see!
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looks ok
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hooray another Ryan Murphy adult show
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All this crap about RM is completely rediculous. The more important thing to note is Connie Britton + Rough bondage sex = about friggin' time.
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WOW jesica lang? i am getting use to movie stars comming to tv,holly hunter in saving grace was the last one that surprised me and she was so good. but lang? she has never done tv has she. i hope she will be a staple part of the show. she was the big female star in the 80's and then seemed to disappear. i will deffinetly be checking this show out! i'm never going to get use to seeing the aging process...freaks me out...
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Sounds more like it belongs in the movies.
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I hate Ryan Murphy as much as I can hate a person I don't know, and I've never liked either Nip/Tuck or Glee. But this sounds semi-cool. I'll give it a shot -- not getting my hopes up though.
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Ryan Murphy is a total d*ck, and I'm not particularly excited to be staring at Dylan McDermott's ass for any extended period of time, but I'll give this a try. It sort of sounds like True Blood, except not campy, so cable is definitely the place for it.
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i'm not a fan of Ryan Murphy himself, but i don't watch shows because of who's created/directing it. however i will check out a show based solely on if i like somebody who's in it, Connie Britton in this case, so i will atleast see what it's like and judge from there
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Am a fan of Connie Britton (FNL!), Nip/Tuck and horror stories. Not a fan of Ryan Murphy. With this being on FX, I too will give it a shot.
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In the words of Santana- "It sounds awful!" Geez I don't like RM
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whats this crap about Summer Glau? Stop spamming!

I cannot wait for this show, its my cup of tea!
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I hate Ryan Murphy, but this sounds like it has potential, if it can reign in the shock value and have some real substance. It has Connie Britton, though, so that means everyone has to give it a shot at least.
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