With spring sprung and summer on the horizon, it’s time for horror fans to start looking ahead to the autumn and wondering what exactly lies in store from American Horror Story. And, luckily enough, Ryan Murphy was on hand this week to give us a first glimpse of the show’s latest direction.
The anthology for FX has been a resounding success, switching up its theme, focus and characters every year. Season 1’s Murder House was a haunted house story, while Season 2’s Asylum was a period horror in an institute for the insane. Season 3’s Coven jumped back to the present day for a story of witchcraft, which was followed by Season 4’s Freak Show circus sideshow. Season 5’s supernatural Hotel and Season 6’s paranormal Roanoke were followed by an even more ambitious Season 7, Cult, which turned a terrifyingly satirical eye upon the election of Donald Trump, before Season 8 combined Season 1 and 3 into an apocalyptic thriller. Season 9, it appears, is going back to basics, with a run that will return to the roots of the slasher sub-genre.
Indeed, Season 9 will be called 1984, calling to mind such slasher groundbreakers as Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, and the video gives us a glimpse of precisely that, from a killer chasing people to blood splattering and a blade piercing its way through a wall. There’s even a spooky forest.
What else we know about the show’s return is limited, but Evan Peters has confirmed that he won’t be in it, after eight consecutive seasons, while Olympic medalist Gus Kenworthy has been cast as the role of Emma Roberts’ boyfriend. There is no word yet, meanwhile, on whether Sarah Paulson, the other actor who has always appeared in the show, will be in Season 9.
The teaser confirms that autumn is when it will arrive on US screens, which means you can expect the usual premiere of around September – the same time as Ryan Murphy debuts his first Netflix original series, The Politician, as part of his new overall deal with the streaming giant (replacing his deal with FX, which gave us American Horror Story in the first place). Here’s the Season 9 video, accompanied by suitably eerie music courtesy of Billie Eilish:
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