Day 18: American Horror Story (Favorite Title Sequence)

Written by Don P on . Posted in Challenge #10

(Reading time: 2 - 3 minutes) - American Horror Story

Having to name a favorite title sequence for this challenge was an absolute no-brainer: American Horror Story. The creepy-as-fuck title sequence was created by opening sequence icon Kyle Cooper, and is much scarier than anything the series creators, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, could ever come up with for the show itself.

I love horror movies — LOVE THEM — but there's definitely something very unnerving about the combination of deeply haunting "music" and the gratuitous use of Mason jar abortions. And that was just the first season! The unique part about the show is each season is a different chapter that generally has the same actors playing totally different roles with a different story line. Meaning each new season has a completely new night-terror-inducing opening sequence (see all 3 below).

American Horror Story Title Sequences

American Horror Story: Murder House (Season 1) - American Horror Story Season 1

The story takes place in 2011 and follows the Harmon family: psychiatrist Ben, his wife Vivien, and their teenage daughter Violet. The family moves to Los Angeles after Vivien had a miscarriage and Ben had an affair with a ridiculously hot student of his. Ben and Vivien try to rekindle their relationship, as Violet, suffering from deep depression, finds comfort in her neighbor Tate, badass extraordinaire. The family soon discovers that the home is haunted by the ghosts of anyone who has ever died on the property and then all hell breaks loose.

American Horror Story: Asylum (Season 2) - American Horror Story Season 2

This season takes place in 1964. It follows the patients, doctors and nuns who occupy the Briarcliff Mental Institution, founded to treat and house the criminally insane, so, yeah, literally a mad house. The institution is run by Sister Jude, her protégé Sister Mary Eunice and the institution's founder, Monsignor Timothy Howard. Psychiatrist Dr. Oliver Thredson and the sadistic scientist Dr. Arthur Arden are tasked with treating the patients at the asylum. Many of the patients claim to be unjustly institutionalized, including lesbian journalist Lana Winters, accused serial killer Kit Walker, alleged murderer Grace Bertrand, and nymphomaniac Shelley (trust me, insanity sex just isn't the same as sanity sex). At some point the season takes a weird turn into demonic possession and even an alien abduction. Don't ask.

American Horror Story: Coven (Season 3) - American Horror Story Season 3

Descendants of the witches from the Salem Witch trials are in danger of extinction. An all-girls boarding school in New Orleans protects the young women and keeps them from the dangers of the outside world. The most powerful witch, Fiona Goode, arrives to ensure the safety of the coven, but also to fulfill her own hidden agenda. I think you get the point, but there's also a long-held rivalry between the witches and a Voodoo queen. Also socialite serial killer, slave torturer, and hilarious racist Delphine LaLaurie (played by Kathy Bates) gets thrown into the mix. The majority of the season is set primarily in the modern day but includes flashbacks to the 1830s and the early 1970s.

American Horror Story: Freak Show (Season 4) - American Horror Story Season 4

I've never been afraid of clowns, but after looking at that macabre fuck, I might reconsider. This season premieres Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 10 p.m. on FX.


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