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 upcoming 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."
Now that we know the theme, who's going to be in it? Murphy officially revealed the cast (so far?) for the upcoming ninth season earlier this month – including Emma Roberts (Brooke Thompson), Billie Lourd (Montana Duke), Cody Fern (Xavier Plympton), Angelica Ross (Nurse Rita), Leslie Grossman (Margaret Booth), John Carroll Lynch (Benjamin Richter), Gus Kenworthy (Chet Clancy), Glee's Matthew Morrison (Trevor Kirchner, with the large… "friend"), DeRon Horton (Ray Powell), Zach Villa (Richard Ramirez), Alhan Bilal (Jamie), Tara Karsian (Chef Bertie), Ashlyn Mackenzie (Debrah), Kaleina Cordova, and more… and possibly Sarah Paulson (???) if her teases turn out to be true.
Now things are getting serious: Murphy posted the season's opening credits and threw some major love at series collaborator Kyle Cooper as well as Corey Vega for their work. Vega originally posted a "fan video" that caught Murphy's attention, so he was brought aboard to work on this project – and a damn fine job Cooper and Vega did, too:
Earlier, we highlighted two new teasers that go serious "meta" and kick down some sections of the "fourth wall" – all to remind us that sometimes reading between the lines can save lives:
Here's a look at the offcial trailer for American Horror Story: 1984 – along with the titles of the first four episodes and the *possible* episode synopsis for the season premiere (translated from French):
Season 9, Episode 1: "Camp Redwood": In the summer of 1984, five friends leave Los Angeles to work as counselors at Redwood Camp. As they adapt to their new jobs, they quickly find that the only thing scarier than the stories told at thecampfire is the past that haunts them.
Season 9, Episode 2: "Mr. Jingles"
Season 9, Episode 3: "Slash Dance"
Season 9, Episode 4: "True Killers"
In "Bedtime," we learned two important lessons and needed to ask one question. First, always respect your bunkmate – it could save your life. Second, always look under the bed before getting in – it could save your life.
The question? Exactly how long was Mr. Jingles waiting under there…?!?!?
In this teaser, we learn that Camp Redwood has a "zero tolerance policy" when it comes to skinny-dipping… one that doesn't suffer "repeat offenders":
In this teaser, we learn why it's important to always be aware of your surroundings: one minute, you're sitting on a dock in the middle of the woods… in the middle of the night… by yourself… enjoying The Motels… without a care in the world. Next thing you know? A masked 80's serial killer is dragging you to the bottom of the lake.
Let this be a cautionary tale, people…
In this teaser, our hopeless camper is realizing all-too-well that some of the worst nightmares happen with our eyes open…
In the following teaser we're really hoping Mr. Jingles ignores the basic horror movie advice we've given others in the past by not looking "Under The Bed"…
As is usually the case in your standard "slasher" film, just when you think you know the killer's moves, he's one step ahead of you… and one step behind you:
In this teaser, we see probably one of the worst moments to have to deal with a dead battery…
Here, Mr. Jingles proves to be a hitchhiker who won't quite take "no" for an answer…
Fans were treated to a previous teaser that embraced the 80's slasher film theme. As the sound of John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band's "On the Dark Side" and The Motels' "Suddenly, Last Summer" ominously played in the background, it appeared our resident maniac-in-the-woods Mr. Jingles was planning to make this summer at "Camp Redwood" a very deadly one (though we still feel like a twist of some type is coming…):
In case you're like us and you need to see it for the 97th time, here's a chance to see the cast in all their '80's slasher film glory (though it feels like something else is going on there), followed by reactions from the cast:
FX's American Horror Story: 1984 slashes its way onto our screens beginning Wednesday, September 18th.