brian-mcgee - July 30, 2019
Knowing American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy's penchant for terrifying tales set in a framework that mirrors current American society, one might expect that American Horror Story: 1984 was some sort of authoritarian parable loosely based on George Orwell's classic novel of the same name. Thankfully we've managed to skirt that parallel for now as the upcoming ninth season of the series is actually set in the year 1984 and bears more of a resemblance to a Friday the 13th slasher film than it does Orwell's dystopia.
The new season is set at the fictional Camp Redwood, where a group of hot and horny teens gather for some patented summer fun, but little do they know that a murderous psychopath has hitched a ride to their destination. The teaser is just that, a brief tease of what's to come, and there's sure to be some sort of twist on the masked killer subgenre, but no one is letting on as to what that might be.
Hopefully Murphy sticks to his guns and just lets this play out as an homage to the horror films that were so prevalent in the 80s. I think Cabin in the Woods pretty thoroughly covered any sort of meta-twist on the films of this era, so I'm really hoping this is just a straight-up throwback to the films of my youth. Then again, I'm hardly the target audience for this, so who knows what FX will do to keep those damn kids these days tuning in.
American Horror Story: 1984 debuts on FX on September 18.