With eight seasons under its belt, a large number of the horror themes have already been covered by American Horror Story. We have had murder houses, asylums, witchcraft, haunted hotels, cults, and the apocalypse to name a few. Now we can add one more to the list, and it’s one we’re sure many fans have been eagerly awaiting.
Yesterday (April 10), series creator Ryan Murphy shared the first teaser video for the upcoming 9th season. In the video, not only were we introduced to the new theme, but we also got the title. Pack your bags, tease your hair and make sure you have some leg warmers, we’re heading back to the 80s.
However, this isn’t a fun journey back into the not-too-distant past. No we are paying homage to the slasher films of the 80s, so think more Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th rather than Dirty Dancing or Back to the Future.
One common setting for 80s slasher is the wholesome summer camp and it appears this is the premise of the first teaser. We see a knife-wielding masked marauder chasing a young ingénue through the woods. She runs to a wooden cabin to hide in, only to relax right against the door she just ran through thinking she’s safe. But she isn’t. No the marauder plunges his daggers through cabin doors just missing the young ingénue’s head. Yes, this is a slasher summer camp and no doubt, like those films, will have us screaming at our screens over the extremely poor decisions made by the victims.
That’s when we get this season’s title: 1984 and scrawled in blood red reminiscent to the style of 1980s slasher films. However terrifying this season turns out to be, the title guarantees one kick ass soundtrack and some cringe-worthy fashion.
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The first time I saw this video, I was getting a lot of Roanoke vibes. Maybe it’s the forest setting. It will be interesting to see if there is any kind of tie-in with that season or if this teaser storyline isn’t picked up in the actual season, but just provides contextual reference.
Returning this season is AHS alum Emma Roberts. She is joined by newcomer Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy who will be playing her boyfriend. AHS staple Evan Peters has stated that he is not coming back this season.
American Horror Story: 1984 premieres this fall on FX.
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