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), Billie Lourd, Cody Fern, Angelica Ross, Leslie Grossman, John Carroll Lynch, Gus Kenworthy, Glee's Matthew Morrison (with the large…"friend"), DeRon Horton, Zach Villa, Alhan Bilal (Jamie), Tara Karsian (Chef Bertie), Ashlyn Mackenzie (Debrah), Kaleina Cordova, and more… and possibly Sarah Paulson (???) if certain online speculation turns out to be true.
Could that "possibly" be turning into a "probably" now? Speaking with Entertainment Tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to promote the film Abominable, was asked about the upcoming AHS season and her not being a part of it. Describing the feeling as "bittersweet," Paulson did say that she likes having a decent sleep schedule back – before then hinting she may be involved in the series… at least in some capacity:
"It's a little bittersweet because I have a lot of friends who are still on the show. So I'm getting updates about how it's all going and what they're doing, and I'm like, 'Wait, what? You worked until two? Oh, I remember working until two on that show.' And then I'm also very glad that I can wake up at a decent hour because I'm not cross-eyed from having worked insane nights.
"But, it'll be hard. I'll be watching and cheering everybody on. I'm really excited for this season. I think it's a really cool idea for the show this year… and you never know, I may pop up. You never know. No promises though."
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…
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: