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Every ‘American Horror Story ?6’ Teaser Analyzed: Part 2

American Horror Story Season ?6

American Horror Story ?6 has more teasers than The Brood had children. Show creator, Ryan Murphy, has revealed that of the nearly 30 promos released, only one is a hint at the season’s actual themes and sub genres.

Over these last three days before the season begins, I’ll be analyzing each teaser to try to discern what Murphy and his crew might have in store for us this season. And don’t forget to read part 1 right here.

Post Op

Ouch! I wonder what happened to that guy. I’m getting a mad scientist-style power dynamic. I would say Hostel, but they fact that the disembodied voice almost seems to be concerned for the poor victim gives me pause.

Hang Tight

Cockroaches, chains, and what was with that weird white powder? These are pretty classic horror images, and I love them, but I’m not sure which genre they point to. I’m still pushing hard for the Texas Chainsaw Massacre vibe. It seems to be under a decent amount of these teasers.

But that white powder, I’m not sure what to make of that. And what was up the Blair Witch-style FOX logo at the end?

The Mist

The train tracks make me think of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the alien creature could represent anything from Ridley Scott’s version of ruthless alien to something you would find on a monster-of-the-week episode of The X-Files.

This teaser has been getting a lot of attention ever since TV Guide Magazine printed the show’s title as “The Mist.” I’m skeptical. I can’t imagine that after all of this secrecy, Ryan Murphy would let something like that slip by him, but you never know.


Yes, yes, yes! I am all for this season taking a more classically gothic turn. How cool would it be to see all of our favorite actors reimagined in a Universal Studios monsters style? And yet, I doubt that this is the route we’re going. There are just too many teasers pointing in another direction. I can still dream though…

Wind Chimes

This feels way more like Murphy’s style. If there is way I can describe his way of creating this show, it would be that he is a mashup man. Every season has been a mix of multiple sub genres and styles, but none so much as season 2. We have demonic possession, alien abduction, serial killer torture, mental patient abuse, often all in one episode.

This whole nurse cutting down an outsider art wind chime (again with the backwoods influence) seems much more likely to be what we’re going to get in this season–a little bit of everything.

What do you think think these teasers mean? I want to know your theories. Check back here for more teaser analysis leading up to the big premier!

American Horror Story ?6 starts September 14 on FX.

About Adrienne Clark (69 Articles)
Adrienne Clark is a writer, editor, and musician living in Seattle. She writes about pop culture around the internet and specifically about all things spooky at When not writing, she can be heard playing with indie dance band Killer Workout. She's a firm believer that every day is Halloween.

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