Horror may be the most challenging genre to pull off on serialized television. Horror works best in short and intense bursts, not strung out over lengthy seasons. So, it’s impressive that American Horror Story has stuck around for nearly a decade.
Working in the show’s favour, it sprung from the twisted minds of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk; the men behind absurdly fun and addictive melodramas like 9-1-1, Glee, and Nip/Tuck. Another part of the AHS’ success is its deep roster of talented actors. Tuning in to watch Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, and Denis O’Hare try to out-camp each other is one of TV’s great pleasures. But perhaps the biggest reason for AHS’ sustainability is its anthology format. Each season explores a new type of horror genre.
Throughout eight over-the-top seasons, AHS has tackled every chilling premise under the sun; haunted houses, alien abductions, and covens of witches. Season nine, titled American Horror Story: 1984 will take things back to basics, and dives into one of horror’s most beloved genres: the slasher flick.
American Horror Story: 1984 teaser trailer:
FX hasn’t shared many details about the new season, but early promotional materials show that it owes a great debt to the Friday the 13th movies. The new teaser trailer features a knife-wielding masked killer hunting down a group of young and attractive camp counsellors. They may as well just call the killer Mason Floorcheese.
Despite turning back the clock 30-years, American Horror Story: 1984 feels very of the moment. Over the past half-decade, the low-fi, John Carpenter-esque early ‘80s aesthetic has resurfaced in pop culture. So AHS taking things back to 1984 makes plenty of sense. People who grew up in the ‘80s get their nostalgia fix, while younger viewers get a kick out of the show’s charming old-school vibe.
American Horror Story: 1984’s cast includes Emma Roberts, Cody Fern, Gus Kenworthy, Billie Lourd, Matthew Morrison, Angelica Ross, DeRon Horton, and Zach Villa. It’s been reported that Sarah Paulson will also return in a limited role.
American Horror Story: 1984 will premiere September 18 on FX.