When We Said FX's 'American Horror Story' Was Weird ... FX is releasing a series of very short teasers for its fall horror series American Horror Story. We show you a couple of them and explain how they raise the stakes before the show even starts.
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When We Said FX's 'American Horror Story' Was Weird ...

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As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, FX's American Horror Story, premiering this fall, is not going to be up everyone's weird, rubber-clad, dead-eyed alley. The Ryan Murphy/Brad Falchuk creeper starring Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott is terrifying, confusing, overwhelming, and often baffling, but ... I liked it. (Many didn't.)

They've been releasing a series of very short teasers for it, and they give a pretty decent sense of what the show is like. This one is called "Coffin." Here's another one, which is ... even weirder.

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Now, they're calling these teasers "clues," and you can see all of them in one place, if you like. They are visually stylish, really bizarre, and pretty unsettling. I like them. But because they're calling them "clues," you can consider this an early throwing down of the gauntlet.

I'm not one who insists on having every weird thing in a show like this explained to me, but if you call your teasers clues, then people get to assume that eventually, they're going to be told what those clues had to do with the story. It's not going to be enough to say "the house has weird stuff; those are weird." The woman getting into the undersized coffin here, and the woman with cello-belly are clues now, so they have to be explained, and it's going to have to happen within a reasonable time. In fact, that may be why they're here — to promise that there's a plan, that they know where they're going.

Get it, Ryan Murphy. I'd love to see this be great.