‘American Horror Story’: The Mystery


‘American Horror Story’: The Mystery

By Managing Editor

From a haunted house to an asylum, freak show or a haunted hotel, “American Horror Story” has covered almost every horror movie trope in the past five seasons.

Season six premieres Sept. 14, but the overarching theme for this year has yet to be revealed. Creator Ryan Murphy decided to keep the plot under wraps until the show airs. Adding to the mystery, multiple teaser trailers have been revealed—more than for any other season—that show fans the various directions in which the new season could go. FX President John Landgraf admitted Aug. 3 only one of the trailers depicts the actual theme.

The trailers range from a creature-of-the-black-lagoon-esque, B-horror flick clip, to a cabin in a field with sounds of a chainsaw in the background, to a fatal alien abduction. More than a few possibilities seem unlike anything Murphy would actually create.

Murphy and Landgraf have done a great job keeping the theme a secret by revealing only slight details, such as telling fans the season will include “elements of children.” The show’s actors were even restricted from talking about their characters with the press. But, an Aug. 30 slip by Rotten Tomatoes and TV Guide may have revealed at least what the season’s title will be, with both outlets prematurely listing the show as “American Horror Story: The Mist.”

Because the leak was printed in the paper edition of TV Guide, the company could not take it back, but Rotten Tomatoes took it down hours after posting.

“The Mist” may be an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name, and one of the teasers also carried the name. In the 15-second video, a four-legged human-demon hybrid is seen crawling quickly toward the camera on a set of train tracks through a sepia-toned mist.

“The Mist” could be an interesting season with some terrifying monsters and themes, but it seems an odd choice to copy a King novel when there has yet to be a season focused on such horror movie staples as a summer camp, a school or zombies. Murphy is missing a great opportunity to embrace and cash in on these settings, as other filmmakers before him have done with “Friday the 13th,” “Carrie” and “Night of the Living Dead.”

The list of confirmed cast members suggests that a theme like “American Horror Story: Summer Camp” would definitely be possible and very interesting.

AHS original cast members Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare and Sarah Paulson have proved in every season they can play any character thrown at them, and newer actors such as Matt Bomer, Lady Gaga and Angela Bassett stole the spotlight in their respective seasons. Paulson, Gaga and Bassett playing camp directors, and Peters and Bomer as counselors to a bunch of creepy children would make this season a winner in my book.

We may be out of luck with “Summer Camp,” “High School” or “Undead” this season, but Murphy has said he wants AHS to run for at least eight seasons. Here’s to hoping season seven or eight will adapt one of those horror classics.