‘American Horror Story 6’ Theme Revealed By The Season 6 Teasers?

Finally, we’ve been given clues as to the . FX kindly dropped six full Season 6 teasers via their Snapchat, which offer an array of visual and aural hints for what we can expect from . Some decent theories for the Season 6 theme have been dashed, some are still in the running — check out American Horror Story 6 theme ideas and — but take a look at a breakdown of the Season 6 teasers for more insight into the AHS 6 theme!

1. Baby Love

There are no shortage of , and the topic of evil and/or freaky children is well known to American Horror Story. From Vivien’s devil spawn to The Countess’s Bartholomew, kids in AHS are always a force to be reckoned with, and American Horror Story 6 will add to that glorious kindergarten from hell. Murphy has previously commented that AHS:

“Often deals with the innocence of children, and their wide-eyed way into it. Both ideas we’re working with have elements of children.”

  • Sound: A woman humming a lullaby-style song and a baby crying.
  • Visual horror parallel: Rosemary’s Baby is the most obvious horror infant, but the grasping hand conjures imagery from as far back as The Creature From the Black Lagoon.
  • Theme Idea: American Horror Story: Antichrist. .

2. AHS Bought The Farm…

The American Horror Story ‘6’ curls in black smoke in a menacing sky hung heavy with clouds. Ears of corn sway in the quickening wind… Pathetic fallacy, eat your heart out! I was reminded of the atmosphere of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places, a horror/thriller novel that kicks off with the slaughter of an entire family in a rural farmhouse…

  • Sound: Storm’s a-brewin’ out in them there hills. What was that? Yes. Yes, that was a chainsaw!
  • Visual horror parallel: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Theme Idea: American Horror Story: Farmhouse. I’d like to see what Ryan Murphy could do with the Texas Chainsaw / Hills Have Eyes / Children of the Corn-style horror.
A house in the country... Image: FX / New Line Cinema
A house in the country… Image: FX / New Line Cinema

3. They’re Coming To Get You, Barbara!

Zombies? Aliens? Who — or what — are those figures stumbling from the mist, their eyes glowing in their sockets? The color palette and the dusty-looking atmosphere suggest a desert / dustbowl climate.

Sound: Operatic music in the background with a low mumble of radio chatter and static. This seems to be a very literal nod to Ryan Murphy’s comment on Season 6:

“I think the show has always felt to me like an opera, so I think both of the things we’re writing right now will have a certain feel.”

  • Visual horror parallel: John Carpenter’s The Fog.
  • Theme Idea: could still hold up in this environment.
The Fog and American Horror Story 6. Image: 	AVCO Embassy Pictures / FX
The Fog and American Horror Story 6. Image: AVCO Embassy Pictures / FX

4. Buggin’

Ew. I can happily sit through hours of gory horror action, but the idea of a relatively harmless bug on my face is much, much worse. A gross millipede creature crawling over a feminine person (who looks very much like Lady Gaga) keeps the teasers nice ‘n’ nasty.

  • Sound: A child (or person who sounds very young) humming and we hear the invertebrate slithering.
  • Visual horror parallel: The Human Centipede II
  • Theme Idea: . This kind of creepy fetishism could fit well into a series exploring the darker side of human nature through hardcore, perversion and sex work.
The Human Centipede II and American Horror Story 6. Image: IFC Midnight / FX
The Human Centipede II and American Horror Story 6. Image: IFC Midnight / FX

5. A Horror Staple

OK, so this is definitely the most graphic and vile of the teasers, and certainly befitting of Murphy’s promise that American Horror Story 6 will be ”not opulent, more rogue and more dark” than recent seasons. The hapless staple victim looks very like the creature that emerged from the beds in the Hotel Cortez.

  • Sound: The noise of industrial staples being driven into a human scalp, followed by a brisk, British voice saying, ”Try to keep it dry.”
  • Visual horror parallel: The Hoarder
  • Theme Idea: Any period since the dawn of staples would fit, but this gleefully malicious form of torture would fit particularly well in a campier setting such as .
The Hoarder and American Horror Story 6. Image: RLJ Entertainment / FX
The Hoarder and American Horror Story 6. Image: RLJ Entertainment / FX

6. Getting Handsy

How many horror movies love a good, dank basement? Just off the top of my head there’s Intruders, The Innkeepers, The People Under The Stairs, Evil Dead, The Blair Witch Project

  • Sound: A female voice whimpering
  • Visual horror parallel: The hands shooting out are reminiscent of Roman Polanski’s Repulsion
  • Theme Idea: . Every school has a freaky basement area, right? Just ask the residents of Elm Street…
Repulsion and American Horror Story 6. Image: Compton Films/ Royal Films / FX
Repulsion and American Horror Story 6. Image: Compton Films/ Royal Films / FX

Have you had any cool American Horror Story 6 theme ideas from the teasers?

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