Summer is just around the corner, and you know what that means! No, it’s not time for a new pool cover (although you may want to chase that up at a later date), it’s time to pack your bags and head to Camp Redwood alongside the cast of the latest season of American Horror Story.
Brainchild of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the anthology season has taken viewers to all kinds of places in the past – we’re talking insane asylums, the Salem witch trials and a nuclear fallout shelter. However, the ninth installment of the much-loved series, subtitled 1984, takes place somewhere pretty much everyone has been at least once – summer camp.
What is American Horror Story?
American Horror Story, or AHS as it is more commonly referred, is an American anthology horror series created by long-time collaborators and TV success story Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The two writers have achieved international acclaim working together on creations such as Nip/Tuck, Glee, Pose, and Scream Queens – and their work on AHS is no different.
The series has, as of today, a total of nine seasons; Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, Hotel, Roanoke, Cult, Apocalypse and the upcoming 1984. Each follows a new storyline with different characters and setting, however more often than not the actors remain the same – Murphy and Falchuk are famous for re-casting their favourite actors from previous seasons.
Fans have become accustomed, and look forward to, welcoming back familiar faces each season, in particular favourited alumni Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Sarah Paulson and Taissa Farmiga. In fact, in Apocalypse (a crossover between Murder House and Coven and the only season that wasn’t strictly anthological) even saw Evan Peters take on four different characters from the AHS universe.
What can we expect from 1984?
AHS is known for its dark twists and turns, and fans are banking on something similar this season. However, the trailer and teaser video has been causing some major stir online due to its upbeat and ‘campy’ vibe that was more I Know What You Did Last Summer than American Horror Story. But we have faith the creators have something up their sleeve – when has Ryan Murphy ever let us down before? (Well, with the exception of season two of Scream Queens).
So far, according to the trailer, it appears that 1984 will pay homage to the classic 80s slasher horror films, with the main characters innocently heading off to good ol’ summer camp, before meeting their fate with a killer on the loose. But, surely there’s more to it than that? Is the slasher trailer intended to trick fans? Lure them into a seemingly easygoing plot? Fans are speculating that, due to the Big Brother-esque name (George Orwell’s 1984, anyone?) and the teasers released, that the characters are either making a movie or being watched at Camp Redwood.
1984 Teaser Trailers
The first teaser introduces the “cast” of 1984 – AHS alum Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Cody Fern and Leslie Grossman who star alongside Pose’s Angelica Ross, Glee’s Matthew Morrison and Olympic skier-turned-actor Gus Kentworthy. The teaser is filmed in the style of a camera test with actors’ marks visible on the ground, prompting theories of the characters ‘auditioning’ to act in a movie. The second teaser also adds fuel to this fire, as the majority of the scenes in the short clip are ‘filmed’ through an old camera lens – one from the 80’s, perhaps?
When can I watch 1984?
There are a lot of important questions floating around, and as much as it pains us to say, there’s really only one thing we can do – wait patiently as each episode of 1984 is released weekly at 9:30pm on Thursdays only on Foxtel, direct from the US. Happy camping!
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