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."
When we offered up our review of last week's 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. We also called into question if what we were seeing was a smokescreen for something bigger and deadlier – and second episode "Mr. Jingles" proved we were right (deeper dive into the episode here).
Then "Slashdance" happened and… wow. We're talking false identities, double-crosses, hidden alliances, impalements, and our first major counselor death (sorry, Ray) – all part of an outing that has us feeling that maybe this really is all Hell and every single person there is living this out over and over again for the sins they seem to be taking turns confessing to (think Hell like it was portrayed in AMC's Preacher).
Which brings us to the following preview for this week's "True Killers," where the clouds covering Margaret's real backstory begin to give way – while "The Night Strangler" and "Mr. Jingles" prepare for "Round 1" of what may only be a one-round fight:
"American Horror Story: 1984" season 9, episode 4 "True Killers": Mr. Jingles closes in on the one who got away as the counselors rally to escape Camp Redwood.
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), 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 AHS: 1984 slashes its way onto our screens every Wednesday at 10 p.m. EDT.