Freak Show Artwork, Clown Is “Too Scary”?

Ahead of next month’s premiere of the fourth season of FX’a anthology series “American Horror Story,” the network has released almost a dozen old-fashioned character posters showing off all the major actors in their roles.

Even more interesting though are comments from show runner Ryan Murphy who says John Carroll Lynch’s Twisty the Clown character could be too scary. He tells Buzzfeed:

“We said in the writer’s room that if we were going to do clowns, we were going to create the most terrifying clown of all time. That was our goal when we were writing him, but I’m worried about people being too afraid of our clown.

It’s heart-stopping what he does. I’m worried. I’m worried that people are going to have cardiac arrests … The clown’s intro in the first episode is … even I was terrified of it. It’s brutal.

Two crew members told me they have had nightmares about this clown since we started shooting and they’re not even scared of clowns. I think he’s pretty extraordinary because, when you see why he’s a clown and why he’s wearing the mask… just you wait.”

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” is slated to air on FX on October 8th.