‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’ releases ‘Hourglass’ trailer that teases Cody Fern’s antichrist character [WATCH]

Time is running out. That’s the theme of the first official “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” teaser trailer released by FX on Monday, August 6. In the “Hourglass” video (watch above), we focus on a baby fetus connected via an umbilical cord to a black heart that beats and then explodes into a mushroom cloud. The fetus symbolizes Michael Langdon, the antichrist child from “AHS: Murder House” who’s all grown up in “AHS: Apocolypse” and will be played by Australian actor Cody Fern.

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Elsewhere in the preview, we see a female survivor wearing a gas mask, a battle between a black scorpion and a white one, bats flying through a church ceiling, and thousands of skulls turning into the sands of an hourglass. “Come, if you’re curious to see,” sings a woman’s voice over the childlike background score. “Hold my hand, I’ll set you free.” It’s quite possibly the creepiest “American Horror Story” preview trailer in the history of the anthology series.

Season 8 of “American Horror Story” will be a crossover of sorts between Season 1 (“Murder House”) and Season 3 (“Coven”). Besides Fern playing an adult version of Michael, we’ll also see the return of Michael’s caretaker Constance Langdon since horror queen Jessica Lange has signed on for one episode. (Vote for your favorite Lange performance in “AHS.”)

More returning cast members from previous installments include Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Kathy Bates as the three leads, and Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Emma Roberts and Adina Porter as supporting players. Brand new cast members Joan Collins, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Kyle Allen have also been announced.

“American Horror Story: Apocalypse” premieres Wednesday, September 12 on FX. Last season’s “AHS: Cult” is nominated for seven Emmy Awards including Paulson as Best Movie/Mini Actress and Porter as Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress. Watch our recent fun webchat with Adina Porter.

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