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Breaking news for ‘American Horror Story’ fans, FX has released the disturbing opening credits of the latest installment ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show,’ which you can watch below:

As you can see from the opening titles alone, the season is revolving around a circus and the “freaks” that travel with the rest of the carnies, with a plethora of strange and creepy sights and sounds that go with that premise, including many, many shots of dread-inducing clowns, sure to terrify all the coulrophobics out there. And with the villain of the season touted to be an actual clown, this could be the most disturbing installment of ‘American Horror Story’ yet. Personally, I hope that Murphy and company make sure to pay homage to the classic 1932 film ‘Freaks,’ which really exemplified how to make an encounter with a “freak” show into a terrifying ordeal.

American-Horror-Story-Freak-Show-550x292This go around the cast is comprised of many acting veterans who have an abundance of both TV and horror experience under their belts, including Jessica Lange, who plays the German expat manager of the show, Kathy Bates as the bearded lady, Emma Roberts playing a con-artist named Maggie, Sarah Paulson playing conjoined twins, Evan Peters as a man with lobster hands, John Carroll Lynch as the villainous clown, Michael Chiklis as the strong man, and Angela Bassett as the three breasted woman.

Also of note this season is series co-creator Ryan Murphy returning to direct the pilot episode this year, the first time he’s done so since ‘American Horror Story’ began. See below for details about the plot of the upcoming season:

“American Horror Story: Freak Show’ begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.”

Source: HollywoodReporter, Slashfilm