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 AHS: 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, the second part of the speculation game begins: who from Murphy's acting entourage will be returning for the next go-around (with the next wave of speculation involving how it fits with the previous seasons coming later). Though fans have gotten a few updates (see below), it now appears American Horror Story: Apocalypse "Supreme" Billie Lourd has made it a point herself to matter-of-factly confirm her involvement in the series' next round.
Durng an interview posted on the Black Girl Nerds website to promote her recently-released film Booksmart, Lourd was asked how working on the film compared to her time on American Horror Story – it's that last line that's key:
"It's exactly like AHS—no, I'm just kidding. In AHS, we are working 16 hours day. It is a machine. There is no time for chitchat. Acting in this film is like a vacation. I have to go back to work next week."
Let the speculation begin…
Here's What We Know About 'AHS: 1984' So Far…
For the ninth cycle of Murphy and Falchuk's American Horror Story, the horror anthology is going back to the days of parachute pants, thin leather ties, Frankie telling us to relax… and slasher films. Last month, Murphy posted to social media a teaser video for the upcoming season's theme: AHS 1984 (expected to return to FX this fall) – and now we have the official teaser from the upcoming season: "The Woods":
In the teaser above, we see a disturbing nod to the "killer-in-the-woods" theme prevalent in many horror movies of the time – interesting fact: while many think of Friday the 13th as the film that started it all, the theme actually began well before the original film's 1980 premiere. Of particular interest is the year 1984, which saw the release of such genre classics as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Children of the Corn, and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (okay… "camp classic").
The teaser announcement followed-up news that Emma Roberts would return for the ninth season, and that Olympic freestyle skier and silver medalist Gus Kenworthy has been cast as her boyfriend. There is no word yet if Sarah Paulson or Evan Peters will return, though Peters has been quoted recently as saying that he might "sit a season out." For Paulson, she is also busy at work on Murphy's One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest prequel series Ratched for Netflix. Both Peters and Pauslon have appeared in every season of American Horror Story during its series run.