Viewers got a glimpse of voodoo rituals in the opening credits of FX’s American Horror Story: Coven, but how much of what we see on screen is legitimate and how much is Hollywood hokum? This new featurette for the third season of the horror anthology series taps experts and practitioners familiar with New Orleans voodoo in order to reveal truths and put misconceptions to rest. Just how much of the real world of voodoo makes it into the show remains to be seen, but this behind-the-scenes look suggests we may see a new take on some old tropes.
Hit the jump to watch the featurette. The series stars Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare, Alexandra Breckenridge, Patti LuPone, Gabourey Sidibe, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, and Lily Rabe. American Horror Story: Coven airs on FX starting Wednesday, October 9th at 10pm.
Check out the voodoo featurette for American Horror Story: Coven below:
Here’s the official synopsis for American Horror Story: Coven:
American Horror Story: Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.