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Fan-made 'AHS: Freak Show' teaser hits Web, looks like the real deal

It may not be a bona fide teaser, but it sure generated enough buzz to get people talking. Fans of FX’s anthology series American Horror Story are no doubt looking forward to the upcoming fourth season, set to be given the theme Freak Show this time around, and on Sunday what appeared to be the first teaser trailer hit the Internet. Only problem is that it turned out to be a fan-made clip, rather than an official release.

In the clip, we see an ethereal “fallen angel” on stage at said freak show, rising to spread her wings. It takes a freakier turn when you see a creepy clown (those afraid of clowns probably are probably in for some extra fright this season) operating the wings behind her using a wooden contraption that looks painfully attached to her back.

Even if we don’t actually get to see any fallen angels, the clip was so well made that several outlets and fans took it to be an official teaser courtesy of FX. The clip was uploaded to a YouTube channel called AHS FX, but it is not the official YouTube channel for American Horror Story (which you can see here). The Hollywood Reporter notes Monday that the network has confirmed the teaser to be fan-made and has not yet released and official teasers of its own.

Though unofficial, the clip was a hit with a lot of fans on social media, many of whom expressed excitement over the Oct. 15 premiere. A few also appeared to have been fooled (at least temporarily) by its official-looking quality or even in disbelief that it was made by a fan. As of this writing, YouTube views are closing in on 920,000.

The fakeout comes just a few days after American Horror Story: Coven snagged 17 Emmy nominations, ranking third behind Game of Thrones (19) and fellow FX hit Fargo (18) in the list of top-nominated programs. Big nods for the show include Outstanding TV Miniseries, Lead Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie (both Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson are nominated here), and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie, a category stacked with Coven-ers Frances Conroy, Angela Bassett, and Kathy Bates.

All of the above nominees plus several more familiar faces are set to return for Freak Show, which will take place in Jupiter, Florida in the 1950s. Newcomer Michael Chiklis (The Shield, Fantastic Four) will reportedly be playing the father of Evan Peters’ character and ex-husband to Bates’ character, while The Hunger Games’ Wes Bentley (he played the intricately-bearded Seneca Crane) was announced last week as the latest addition to the cast. Bentley will appear in a two-part Halloween episode as a “dark tormentor” from Bates’ past.

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