Combine our professional obsession with uber-creative genius Ryan Murphy (Glee, Pose, 9-1-1, Feud, and a billion more) with our love for 80's horror/slasher film, and it's easy to understand why we're excited for FX's American Horror Story: 1984. In fact, executive producer Tim Minear only confirmed our excitement when he said this about the current season of Murphy and Brad Falchuk's horror anthology series American Horror Story:
"I think it's awesome. I think it's gonna be really scary but a lot of fun, like it always is. And that if you have a taste for '80s horror, you're in for a treat."
When we reviewed season opener "Camp Redwood", we made a connection to both Shaun of the Dead and The Cabin in the Woods when describing how the season's initial tone and vibe made us feel.
Then "Slashdance" happened and… wow. We're talking false identities, double-crosses, hidden alliances, impalements, and our first major counselor "death" (sorry, Ray).
"Red Dawn" got our brains back into "WTF?!?" conspiracy theory mode… then "Episode 100" celebrated the franchise milestone with an episode that time-jumped to 1989 – and tied all nine seasons together.
From there, "The Lady in White" offered previously-unrevealed backstory on the bloody history of Camp Redwood – and now FX is offering viewers a reminder of where everything stands heading into this week's episode, "Rest in Pieces" (more on that below).
Making the awkward turn from horrifying to heartbreaking, Leslie Grossman took to Twitter on Tuesday to give us the feels just a little by signaling that she had wrapped work on the season earlier that day:
Wrapped @AHSFX early this morning and feeling melancholy and bereft it's like camp ended and I am gonna miss seeing my friends every day also I can't stab anyone for fun with no consequences anymore 🔪💔
— Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) November 6, 2019
With only two episodes left, will Brooke, Donna, Richter, and a team of dead counsellors be enough to turn back the power of Satan – or is there something more at play in this week's "Rest in Pieces"?
"American Horror Story: 1984" season 9, episode 8 "Rest in Pieces": A deadly trio emerges, hell-bent on unleashing a new era at Camp Redwood. Our former counselors desperately try to keep history from repeating itself. Directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton and written by Adam Penn.
In case you're like us and you need to see it for the 166th time, here's a chance to see the cast in all their '80's slasher-film-audition glory:
American Horror Story: 1984 stars Emma Roberts (Brooke), Billie Lourd (Montana), Cody Fern (Xavier), Angelica Ross (Nurse Rita/Donna Chambers), Leslie Grossman (Margaret), John Carroll Lynch (Benjamin "Mr. Jingles" Richter), Gus Kenworthy (Chet), Glee's Matthew Morrison (Trevor), DeRon Horton (Ray), Zach Villa ("The Night Strangler" Richard Ramirez), Alhan Bilal (Jamie), and Tara Karsian (Chef Bertie).
FX's American Horror Story: 1984 slashes its way onto our screens every Wednesday at 10 p.m. EDT.