AHS: Freak Show Opening Credits — There Ought to Be (Menacing) Clowns

Clowns to the left of me… MORE CLOWNS to the right… here I am, stuck in the Freak Show with you…

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We co-opt (and alter) your favorite Stealers Wheel jam to avoid discussing the feelings of collapse conjured up by American Horror Story: Freak Show‘s opening credits, which creator Ryan Murphy shared via Twitter today.

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Granted, the title sequence is not as overtly terrifying as the cackling voodoo lady and dancing hooded figures of Coven, but again…CLOWNS. Cracked and creepy clown figurines. Little stop-motion skeletons. A…lady? With… a third, booted leg? Coming out of her…

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  1. Dennis says:


  2. Joey says:

    Like you said, Michael, these opening credits aren’t necessarily as scary as the credits from Coven, however, how scary the credits are isn’t necessarily a scale of how scary the show itself will be, as evidenced by Coven.

  3. wow… they certainly have sent in the clowns…

  4. Dani says:

    It was well done artistically, but it had too much stop motion and cgi. Would have been creepier if they added more people. Coven is still my favourite intro.

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  6. Znachki says:

    Menacing clowns. Isn’t that redundant? btw – anyone remember the Gary Larson Far Side cartoon “When clowns go bad”. One of my favs.

  7. behzadbyhimself says:

    Not as scary Asylum or Coven’s titles, but I’m glad they finally added Angela Bassett’s name this time around.

  8. Nate says:

    So where is Gabby??

  9. ew says:

    Spoiler Alert: If you look closely after the title card at the end of the credits, a two-headed figure kisses its second head. Calling it now, Bette and Dot are lesbians.

  10. pam says:

    Oh boy…here we go again! This show has enthralled me since season 1. Keeps getting creepier every year. Can’t wait!

  11. Victor says:

    Honestos, I didn’t enjoy this opening scene one bit ! The happy little circus music in the background just made it weird ! There is a fan made opening scene on YouTube that is perfect and gave me nightmares lol