The opening credits of American Horror Story: 1984 make one thing absolutely clear: this season is going to be different and it’s going to be fun! The series’ iconic theme song has been run through an ’80s synthesizer once or twice and the dark and grisly images which have adorned the intros to previous seasons have been replaced with pastels and workout videos dripped in just a little bit of blood. The series has been in desperate need of a makeover for years, and the decade, the costumes, and the characters of this season are prolific series creator Ryan Murphy’s strong suit.
Continuing the surprisingly resilient love affair with the 1980s, the first full length trailer for American Horror Story: 1984 (premiering on Sept. 18) lands drenched in MTV fashions and Friday the 13th aesthetics.
The threadbare premise sees Cody Fern, Billie Lourd, Emma Roberts, Gus Kenworthy, and a full cast of photogenic campers and counselors head to a Crystal Lake stand-in summer camp…and you can imagine the rest. And instead of a crazy mother or disfigured, hockey mask wearing son, those crazy teens will have to stop playing Pitfall and keep an eye out for renowned serial killer, Mr. Jingles (not to be confused with 90s killer dentist Mr. Giggles, which will probably be the inspiration for next season’s AHS: 92). read more
This year’s summer camp season may be coming to a close, but the summer of 1984 will live on this September in FX’s American Horror Story: 1984. Inspired by the summer camp slasher films of the decade like Friday the 13th and Sleepaway Camp, this year’s season features all of the dirt roads, canoes, bathing suits, and machetes the sub-genre is known for!
FX has been steadily releasing short teaser clips unveiling such returning cast members as Emma Roberts, Billy Lourd, John Carroll Lynch, Leslie Grossman and Cody Fern, today’s release focuses on the setting for all of the grisly horror that’s bound to unfold: Camp Redwood. A pack of rambunctious youngsters are having a blast at the start of the clip, but things get serious when we learn that there’s something more dangerous in the lake than leeches and snapping turtles! read more
The first two episodes of FX’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse lacked even a hint of the highly-touted crossover spectacle the season was promised to feature. Well, that moment finally comes in the last two minutes of Episode Three, after Michael Landon (Cody Fern) kills off the entire new cast (except for Kathy Bates’ Miriam, because- surprise!- she’s a robot now), and the witches from Season Three’s Coven waltz into view. By Episode Four, we’re knee-deep in crossover territory, right down to an unexpected return to American Horror Story: Hotel‘s Hotel Cortez. Fortunately, all of the returning faces of yesteryear- including Emma Roberts and Gabourey Sidibe- don’t slow down the progression of the story and, despite the occasional flashback, actually end up keeping things moving forward. And, while there’s no shortage of ridiculousness to go around, this manages to be one of the most engaging seasons of American Horror Story in years. read more
Season Nine of FX’s American Horror Story is upon us, and the apocalypse has never looked so dreary! Trading in cavernous asylums, gothic mansions, and backwoods freak shows for a claustrophobic candle-lit labyrinth, the series heads in a different direction while still promising a glimpse or two at the past. The season opens with the always-incredible Billy Eichner running through the streets of L.A. as if he’s hosting a segment of Billy on the Street. It turns out that mankind has finally triggered the end times, and everyone must fend for themselves. That is, everyone but the ultra-rich and those with impeccable DNA. In a scene that looks like it would feel right at home in an episode of Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories, a mysterious group arrives at a family’s doorstep and demands to take one of their boys to save him from the nuclear fallout. So series newcomer Kyle Allen’s character, Timothy Campbell, is whisked away to a mysterious compound while his family probably contemplates if they even need to respond to his UCLA acceptance letter that just came in the mail. The first episode sets up the premise of the season quickly, and before we know it we’re right in the middle of all the action- which takes place in a Bauhaus-inspired shelter run by a mysterious group called The Cooperative. What follows is what can best be described as an “acquired taste,” as viewers are- for better or for worse- quickly drawn into the typical trappings of the franchise. read more