'American Horror Story': Watch the terrifying opening credits sequence -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

FX’s new series American Horror Story is without a doubt one of the scariest things ever produced for television. Usually you have to hit up a multiplex for the kind of jolts delivered by this thriller, but creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (Glee) have crafted a small-screen roller coaster ride. The series follows the Harmon Family — husband Ben (Dylan McDermott), wife Vivian (Connie Britton), daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga) — as they move into an old Los Angeles home with a dark history. For example, the home’s basement not only is in need of dusting but also might be the resting place of a serious evil creature, seen in the Oct. 5 premiere. And then there’s the man in the rubber fetish suit…

Even scarier than all this? AHS’s opening credits sequence, which EW is exclusively premiering today. The clip, created by Kyle Cooper and his company Prologue who are responsible for the acclaimed openers for Seven and The Walking Dead, is set in the aforementioned basement and not only announces the actors and creators, but provides a backstory for the house. “The title sequence is almost like a mystery,” says Murphy. “By the time you see the ninth episode of this season, every image in that title sequence will be explained. So for example, What are the jars in the basement? What is the mystery of the floating white Christening dress? Why is somebody holding hedge clippers that are bloody? Each time you watch it and you watch the week’s episode you’ll be able to say, ‘Oh that’s why that’s in there!'”

Meanwhile, the music is also an original song called “American Horror Story” and was created by sound designer Cesar Davila-Irizarry and musician Charlie Clouser, formerly of Nine Inch Nails. It too incorporates the house, specifically the ambient noises, like dripping water.

Watch below and don’t forget: this is just the beginning of the scares awaiting FX viewers at 10pm on Oct. 5. Buckle up…

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  • gato

    Cant wait!!

    • lucyfier

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      • Grumpster

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      • Linda

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      • Connie

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      • ahan

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    • Cygnus

      If you remember, Nine Inch Nails was used for the music in the Seven opening sequences too. Kewl stuff. Looking forward to giving the series a shot.

    • Terrifying?

      Interesting and unsettling, maybe. It looks like it should be called “Josef Mengele’s Daycare & Experimentorium.”

      • Agreed

        Definitely not terrifying. The print ad of rubber man oozing/descending from the ceiling over pregnant girl is creepier.

      • Sorry, but no.

        Even that lame print ad isn’t creepy. It reminds me of a bad art installation every time I see it in the pages of EW.

      • The meaning of “terrifying”

        Here’s TWO examples to hold up against any future questions, EW…. 1) seeing Michael Myers face through the curtain in the laundry room window. 2) Gates McFadden turning around and suddenly all the dead people in the morgue are sitting up, covered with sheets. That’s terrifying.

  • Julie

    How long before these guys screw this one up, like they did Nip/Tuck and now Glee?

    • Samwell

      Well, Glee was a mess from day one.

      • Gen

        No, Glee’s pilot was good. Admit it.

    • Lou

      Can you be any more original. This post just repeats itself whenever there is something that is attached to Ryan Murphy. So old. He’s at least a creative guy which you are not just rehasing the same criticism over and over again.

      • robert

        i don’t think it’s an unfair initial reaction. both glee and nip/tuck took dramatic creative downturns early in their careers. i hope that this show is able to maintain a level of excellence for a long time, but, based on the creative teams prior experience, i wouldn’t bet on it.

      • paula

        I agree with Robert. Ryan Murphy is certainly creative, but he’s incapable of maintaining the spark and it seems like he just loses real interest and gives up. It becomes all about stunts, shocks and throwing all sense of reason and continuity out the window.

      • @ Paula

        I couldn’t agree more. “Glee” would have been an interesting show had it maintained an ounce of realism or grit. There’s always a sense of a rush with “Glee” to maintain an edginess or be on the cutting edge at all costs—instead of actually being interesting or well-done. Personally I don’t need to see the “Glee” version of the next Lady Gaga song 37.5 seconds after it’s released.

      • Jean

        I love Ryan Murphy! No wonder he is behind so many shows. Although I didn’t love the last season of Nip/Tuck is was fascinating with the teddy bear PR rep, Julia’s stepdaughter, etc. Let’s give this show a chance before we bash it please!

  • dee

    All the focus on babies (old photos, in jars, skeletons) makes it kind of disturbing, but i guess that’s the point.

    • Jenn

      Agreed. This preggo is going to be waiting until AFTER my early Nov. due date to start this series! I just can’t deal with horror, especially anything involving children when I’m pregnant. It’s well teased, though. I’m definitely intrigued.

      • Yeah…

        I think that would be for the best. Good luck with the bun in the oven, btw. :)

      • Lisa

        speaking of which, is the female character lying down supposed to be preggers?

    • Alice

      I just think it’s too long a credit sequence. Over a minute! True Blood has a really long sequence, but it at least has a song that goes over it, this just seems to never end. It’s already annoying and I haven’t even seen the show yet.

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  • Peter

    Reminds me of the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. My hopes are tempered, but I think I will check this out.

    • Kim

      I’ve seen that place on the Travel Channel. I’d spew all over that place if I went.

    • khm

      The Mutter Museum is fascinating, really. I can’t wait for AHS. It’s not at all like anything I’d typically watch on TV, but my love for Connie Britton knows no bounds. She deserves another great show!

      • Peter

        It is fascinating. I still have a 1996 calendar from my visit there. I didn’t mean to say that it reminding me of Mutter was tempering my hopes. Two separate thoughts. It looks great but I’m very untrusting of great-looking television.

    • Valley Girl

      The Mutter Museum is marvelous!

  • ^

    If Ryan Murphy’s name wasn’t floated around with the promotion, I would probably watch it.

    • Kim

      Agree, his name is another turn off.

  • Kim

    Slightly cliche in typical style of horror. I kind of wanted to watch but I get scared easily, so I doubt I will.

  • ladypeyton

    I grew up in Philly so shots of the Mutter Museum aren’t all that scary for me and I also don’t find pictures of Victorian children all that spooky.

    I am completely underwhelmed and very disappointed after reading the article. Why the hard sell, EW?

    • Devin

      I couldn’t agree more…this TV show ad didn’t see me on the scare factor even remotely. Though, I will say that I liked the music…at least that was composed well.

    • Devin

      I couldn’t agree more…this TV show ad didn’t sell me on the scare factor even remotely. Though, I will say that I liked the music…at least that was composed well.

  • Hubi

    Is it just me or does any other horror story need some fetuses in glas jars placed in some scarcely lit basement?!? Please!!! Don’t let this house be a former looney bin where some madcap doctors “experimented” on pregnant women or babies!!

  • Luke

    I have a feeling that this show will start out really good them become a mess because the creators don’t really have an outline of what they want to happen in the shows like Nip/Tuck and Glee.

    • Peter

      That’s what I’m afraid of. That they pitched a few awesomely scary scenes and some neat ghoulies but don’t have a full story to go with them.

  • tt

    the title sequence plus the actors are the best of this show. Ryan Murphy proved again and again with Nip/Tuck and Glee that he is not a master of storytelling and loses interest too quickly. Too bad he’s attached to AHS. Otherwise I might be interested.

    • Eric

      I was thinking exactly the same thing – was very excited about AHS, but once I saw Ryan’s name as one of the creators…eh. But will definitely watch nonetheless! ;)

  • BM

    What a letdown, EW. Such a buildup and then nothing. That opening sequence might be frightening to a five year old. Did Ryan Murphy pay you to write that article?

    • Kristi

      You might have made a point, if you didn’t include “ew” in that sentence.

  • James

    I dont really like it. It will be annoying having to sit through that every week. It would be much better if they changed the music.

    • DVR

      Get one of me, then you can fast forward.

  • Minutiae

    Those look like real Victorian-era post-mortem photos in the credits, which is the creepiest part of the entire thing. I didn’t find it all that scary, but I’ll give the show a shot until Murphy takes it too far off the rails.

  • lana

    The only thing I found creepy was hte pictures of the babies. They reminded me of the part in the “Others” where they took photos of the dead.

    • matthew

      That movie=SCARY!! Seriously, I should not have watched that when I was like 10. Big mistake…

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