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 current 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."
When we reviewed season opener "Camp Redwood," we made a connection to both Shaun of the Dead and The Cabin in the Woods when describing how the season's initial tone and vibe made us feel. Then "Slashdance" happened and… wow. We're talking false identities, double-crosses, hidden alliances, impalements, and our first major counselor death (sorry, Ray).
Last week's "True Killers" (our review here) was a fun frightfest that confirmed our worst suspicions about Margaret while actually starting to feel(???) for Richter/Mr. Jingles – and Trevor went RIP. "Red Dawn" got our brains back into "WTF?!?" conspiracy theory mode… and then "Episode 100" celebrated the franchise milestone with an episode that time-jumped to 1989 – and tied all nine seasons together.
To mark the occasion, Murphy as well as the cast and creative teams behind the anthology series celebrated at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary. But as much as the event was in honor of the show's accomplishments, Murphy couldn't help looking to the future – while Sarah Paulson opened up about her AHS season 10 future:
● For those of you out there who've already pieced together the clues for the tenth season's theme, Murphy's got some bad news: there haven't been any yet – but be patient: "Keep watching There will be probably a big one in Episode 8."
● As for Paulson – who (so far?) has sat out AHS: 1984 – a return for the anthology series' tenth run is definitely something she's interested in: "It's hard to not be a part of it. I would love to [return for Season 10]. I need to be a part of it again."
● Especially if that means another turn as uber-witch Cordelia Foxx (Coven, Apocalypse), whether on AHS or the previously-discussed Coven project:
"Any time I could play Cordelia, I would love to. I really loved playing her. And I had a great wig last year [in Apocalypse]. That was fun too."
● For Paulson, her future with the franchise has less to do with the types of characters she portrays ("In Murphy & Falchuk, They Trust") and more with who stars with – and in this case, it has to do with fellow AHS castmate Evan Peters: "I miss Evan and I miss acting with Evan. So I'd love to have that experience again. If he'll come back, I'm back."
In case you're like us and you need to see it for the 166th time, here's a chance to see the cast in all their '80's slasher-film-audition glory:
American Horror Story: 1984 stars Emma Roberts (Brooke), Billie Lourd (Montana), Cody Fern (Xavier), Angelica Ross (Nurse Rita/Donna Chambers), Leslie Grossman (Margaret), John Carroll Lynch (Benjamin "Mr. Jingles" Richter), Gus Kenworthy (Chet), Glee's Matthew Morrison (Trevor), DeRon Horton (Ray), Zach Villa ("The Night Strangler" Richard Ramirez), Alhan Bilal (Jamie), and Tara Karsian (Chef Bertie).
FX's American Horror Story: 1984 slashes its way onto our screens every Wednesday at 10 p.m. EDT.