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.
Just as Vice President Gerald Ford stated when he assumed the office of president for the departing Richard Nixon, Sarah Paulson’s “long national nightmare is over” when it comes to her involvement in FX’s American Horror Story.
According to an exclusive report in Variety, long-time American Horror Story cast member Paulson will not appear in the anthology series’ upcoming ninth season, entitled American Horror Story: 1984. Paulson has appeared on each and every season up to this point. read more
Yesterday American Horror Story showrunner Ryan Murphy revealed a teaser for Season 9 of his award-winning series. The forty-five second trailer shows a young woman in the woods fleeing in terror from a knife-wielding maniac. As the woman makes it into the safety of the cabin, the knife stabs through the door. The teaser ends with AHS 1984 on the screen. Shot in slow motion, the preview features the song Six Feet Under by Billie Eilish.
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
One of the most popular elements of American Horror Story when it debuted in 2011 was the complicated romance of young Violet and Tate, played by Taissa Farmiga and Evan Peters respectively. We now have definitive evidence that American Horror Story: Apocalypse– the upcoming crossover season featuring characters from Murder House and Cult– will continue their story. Showrunner Ryan Murphy posted a new image of the star-crossed lovers in an Instagram post entitled, “Tate and Violet: Together forever?”: read more
Showrunner Ryan Murphy is pulling out all the stops as we get closer and closer to the premiere of American Horror Story: Apocalypse. Last week, he shared a cast reunion photo from the Coven season, and now he’s going back to the beginning with a new shot of two-thirds of the Harmon family of Murder House fame. Apocalypse will be a crossover event, featuring themes and characters from both of the aforementioned seasons, and the news up to this point suggests that nearly every actor and actress will return to his or her original role(s). Murphy’s latest teaser image appeared in Istagram. The shot features Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott as Vivien and Ben Harmon inside of the iconic Murder House: read more
Ryan Murphy just made a legion of American Horror Story: Coven fans happy! To hype up the upcoming premiere of American Horror Story: Apocalypse, the prolific showrunner took to Twitter to share a reunion photo of the cast of Coven in character. The shot includes Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Stevie Nicks, Lily Rabe, and Emma Roberts:
The Coven Returns. What a thrilling night with the legend Stevie Nicks on the set of AHS. pic.twitter.com/wsI1FlfN1W
As we near closer to the premiere of American Horror Story: Apocalypse on FX, the details of the series’ returning stars just keeps getting better and better! Just four days ago, we learned that Jessica Lange would be returning for Apocalypse; and today’s reveal means that even more actresses from the third season will return for the Murder House/Coven crossover.
Showrunner Ryan Murphy just announced via Twitter that Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy, and Stevie Nicks will all appear in American Horror Story: Apocalypse. read more
American Horror Story’s eighth season may be called Apocalypse… but today’s news makes it seem like a better title may be Rebirth! In just one day, we’ve learned that fan-favorite and original star of the show, Jessica Lange, has returned to the series for Season Eight, and the franchise has been renewed for a tenth season before a single episode of the eighth one has hit the airwaves.
Variety reports that Sarah Paulson let it slip at the TCA summer press tour that Jessica Lange will indeed reprise her role as Constance Langdon in the Murder House/Coven crossover that begins this September. Lange “retired” from the series after Season Four, Freak Show, and at the time it didn’t seem likely that she would ever return. At this time, it’s unclear how large of a role Lange will play in the upcoming season; but Constance was arguably the star of the original Murder House season, so it’s likely that Lange will be prominently featured this season. read more