The first trailer for American Horror Story: Apocalypse has been unleashed, and chaos is in the air.
Season 8 of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology will break new ground for the hit franchise. After switching up its theme, focus and characters for incarnation, this new run will mash two of them together, as Season 1’s Murder House and Season 3’s Coven collide.
Everyone from Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Kathy Bates to Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner, Adina Porter and Leslie Grossman will return to the franchise for the season, with Paulson also stepping behind the camera to direct. Acting legend Joan Collins is also set to appear (pictured above), alongside series queen Jessica Lange, and familiar faces such as Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd and singer Stevie Nicks.
Now, we have our first look at what exactly that crazy cast looks like, and the answer is excitingly out of control, as the trailer charts a modern day nuclear apocalypse. A doomed airplane and some panicked pedestrians are our window onto the disaster, before given us a glimpse of Paulson’s new character, who manages a safe house amid the fallout. In between, you can spot the return of Roberts from Coven and Murder House’s villainous rubber man. And, of course, there’s Cody Fern as the antichrist himself. “What do you think?” he asks, as the carnage-filled teaser climaxes. We can find out for sure on 27th September, when the series starts on FOX UK at 10pm. Episodes then air weekly on Thursday nights.
American Horror Story: Apocalypse is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £8.99 monthly subscription.
American Horror Story Season 8: Murder House-Coven crossover will happen this September
16th June 2018
American Horror Story is finally delivering the crossover season fans were promised – and it’s doing so in only a few months’ time.
The FX horror anthology, which is created by Ryan Murphy, 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 institution 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.
Now, Season 8 is changing tacks again for something more introspective, as Season 3 and Season 1 collide. (You can read our look back at the first three seasons of American Horror Story here.)
Murphy is normally very secretive about the details of each season before their air, but he had already teased a potential crossover season, although he initially said it would not be until Season 9 (which has already been commissioned by FX). Plans, though, have apparently changed, and he took to Twitter to reveal the news:
The Coven/Murder House AHS crossover season won't be happening next year…because it's happening THIS YEAR. AHS #8 WITCHES RULE THIS SEPTEMBER
And so we’ll see everyone from Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Kathy Bates to Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner, Adina Porter and Leslie Grossman return to the franchise.
Paulson, of course, is a veteran of the series, as is Peters, with both appearing in Season 1 and 3. Paulson is even used to crossing over between seasons, reprising her role from Murder House in Hotel. She also played twins in Freak show, while Peters portrayed dual roles in Roanoke.
Joan Collins will join the franchise for Season 8. There is also a possibility that Lady Gaga (who starred in Hotel and Roanoke) could appear in the crossover, after Roanoke ended up tying her to the plot of Coven.
“It’s not necessarily as real and grounded as the past season. We’re sort of getting back to Asylum and Coven. That’s the tone of it,” Murphy explained to THR earlier this year.
Filming is scheduled to begin this weekend, ready to air on FX in September.
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