“American Horror Story: 1984” Key Art Goes All-In on 80’s Slasher Film Theme

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 American Horror Story: 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.”

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Now that we know the theme, who’s going to be in it? Well, now we know! Murphy officially revealed the cast (so far?) for the upcoming ninth season earlier this month – including Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Cody Fern, Angelica Ross, Leslie Grossman, John Carroll Lynch, Gus Kenworthy, Glee‘s Matthew Morrison (with the large…”friend”), DeRon Horton, and Zach Villa… and possibly Sarah Paulson if certain online speculation turns out to be true.

So what’s new this time? Oh nothing… except for a very cool poster/key art to promote the upcoming season (as well as a banner, as you can see above) that puts to rest those “slasher film swerve” conspiracy theories:

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Last month, the fine folks at FX and American Horror Story offered fans another look at the upcoming season – but with a twist: the network is sponsoring a AHS: 1984 Survivor sweepstakes for a chance for you (and a friend) to attend an AHS experience. Now that the deadline for entering is up, we’re going to start losing “campers” on a weekly basis until the lone survivor is left standing (we’re viewing these as canon and prequel segments).

Second week? Turns out “The Sure Thing” isn’t nearly as “sure” of a “thing” as some of you may have thought (post your own joke about John Cusack‘s 1985 comedy below – or look at your screen confused, having no idea what I’m talking about):

The first go-around? Let’s just say that “The Nice Guy” finishes last… by dying first:

Fans were treated to a new teaser that definitely embraced it’s 80’s slasher film theme. As the sound of John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band‘s “On the Dark Side” and The Motels‘ “Suddenly, Last Summer” ominously played in the background, it appeared our resident maniac-in-the-woods was planning to make this summer at “Camp Redwood” a very deadly one (though we still feel like a twist of some type is coming…):

In case you’re like us and you need to see it for the 97th time, here’s a chance to see the cast in all their ’80’s slasher film glory (though it feels like something else is going on there), followed by reactions from the cast:

As for the status of the anthology’s other mainstay, Evan Peters? Peters revealed that he would be sitting out this season – and so far, that appears to be the case. Granted, there are soooo many ways Peters could still be involved that viewers wouldn’t know about until close to airing, so we stay in “cautious wait-n-see” mode.

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Here’s What We Know About “American Horror Story: 1984″…

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. Murphy posted to social media a teaser video for the upcoming season’s theme: AHS 1984 – and then an official teaser for 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”).

About Ray Flook

Proudly serving as TV Editor, Ray started with Bleeding Cool in 2013 as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought aboard as staff in 2017. Counting John Cusack as his pop culture "spirit animal," his "word fu" stays strong as he continues trying really hard to be the sheppard...

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