After repeated delays in filming over the past year, fans of ‘American Horror Story’ have now been treated to the first official trailer for the new season of the horror anthology series.
Back in March, series creator Ryan Murphy revealed the title of the upcoming tenth season to be ‘American Horror Story: Double Feature.’
Not long after revealing the title, Murphy also revealed that, unlike the previous nine seasons, this new season would be split into “two horrifying stories,” with the first story, titled “Red Tide,” being “set by the sea” and the second half of the season, “Death Valley,” focusing on a story set “by the sand.”
This nautical theme should come as no shock as Murphy dropped multiple clues hinting at the fact that the season would be taking place by the shoreline.
The new trailer focuses on the first half of the season, ‘Red Tide,’ which features Finn Wittrock as Harry Gardener, a writer suffering from severe writer’s block. Harry, his pregnant wife Doris Gardener (played by Lily Rabe), and their daughter Alma (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) move to the small beach town of ‘Provincetown’ for the winter.
The trailer also gives us a look at the return of Evan Peters as Austin who, along with fellow AHS regular Frances Conroy, appear to prey on the mind of the naive writer.
The just over one-minute and thirty-second trailer also appears to showcase Wittrock as he descends into madness.
This first story seems akin to that of Stephen King’s 1977 horror novel “The Shining” which centers on struggling writer Jack Torrance who takes his wife and young son along with him to the Overlook Hotel. Torrance slowly starts to be corrupted by the unnatural forces at work within the hotel.
It’s unknown at this time if the two stories will share any similarities, but it seems pretty apparent from the trailer that the town is having a sinister effect on Wittrock and the members of his family.
Along with Wittrock, Rabe, Peters, and Conroy, we also see returning AHS alum Leslie Grossman as Ursula, Angelica Ross playing a character named ‘The Chemist,’ and the return of Dennis O’Hare, who hasn’t appeared in the series since season six.
We also get our first look at newcomer Macaulay Culkin, who will be appearing in the first half of the season as a character named Mickey.
‘American Horror Story: Double Feature’ also stars returning AHS cast members Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Billie Lourd, Adina Porter, and John Carroll Lynch.