Creator Ryan Murphy is sometimes very secretive about the themes of installments of ‘American Horror Story’. At times, he has concealed the these until the show premiers. But last year, he revealed that ‘Apocalypse’ would be the long-anticipated crossover season between ‘Murder House’ and ‘Coven’ months in advance. It looks like he is taking the same approach this year. He has released a frightening new video via Instagram to reveal this year’s subtitle.
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The “Horror” in ‘American Horror Story’ has run the gamut, from ghosts to witches to aliens to cult leaders to serial killers and more. While ‘AHS’ has included knife-wielding psychos before — Twisty the Clown being just one example — so far Murphy hasn’t explored one of the most popular sub-genres of horror, the slasher pic. And the height of popularity for slasher pics was definitely the ’80s, when ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘Halloween’ movies, not to mention countless knockoffs, were churned out at a breakneck pace.
Of course, there is also a wave of ’80s-based horror floating around the zeitgeist at the moment. ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 launches this summer. ‘It: Chapter Two’ arrives this fall. Even though it isn’t set in the ’80s, ‘Pet Sematary’ is sort of a remake of an ’80s horror movie. Last year’s ‘Halloween’ was a sequel of sorts to the popular franchise that flourished during that time period. We’ll have to wait and see how Murphy distinguishes his show from these other projects.
So far, Emma Roberts is the only previous cast member that is known to be returning. Evan Peters revealed that, for the first time, he won’t be part of this season. Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy has been cast to play Roberts’ boyfriend.
While this is the first time Murphy will bring the slasher genre to ‘AHS’, he previously created the FOX series ‘Scream Queens’ which lasted for two seasons, but that series seemed to draw more from meta satires like ‘Scream’ and ‘Heathers’.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to strolling through the woods with ‘American Horror Story: 1984’?