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.
Now while we process everything we learned from this week’s “The Lady in White” (review posting this weekend) – and it was a lot – here’s a look at series co-star Gus Kenworthy‘s Halloween “treat” for AHS fans – and in particular, his co-stars: “American Horror Story: 1984 (A One-Woman Show)”:
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American Horror Story: 1984 (A One-Woman Show) From left to right: Brooke Thompson → Montana Duke → Margaret Booth → Xavier Plympton → Donna Chambers a.k.a. Nurse Rita → Trevor Kirchner → Chet Clancy A HUGE thank you to the hair and makeup girls for helping me play dress up with my costars' stunt double wigs! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! @analyncruzmakeupxhair @kt_chandler @romainemarkus @carleighherbert @ahsfx
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.