An homage-laden teaser was released for the horror anthology’s ninth season and on the party radio is John Cafferty’s On The Dark Side. With lyrics like “the dark side’s callin’ now, nothin’ is real,” it’s the not-so-subtle irony that provides icing on the cake. The trailer opens with cars full of teenagers laughing, waving their hands in the air, and toasting beer cans. It’s a beach balls, striped polos, and tube socks Summer. At some point, someone yells “Camp Redwood!” as they pass by its entry sign. What no one in the group of nearly 20 notice behind the wooden sign are six sharp, almost slasher-like letters.
The camera then cuts to beneath the truck where you immediately see the killer and his knife have been holding on the entire ride or at least since that last gas station; you know the one. By the end of the teaser, the same killer is rising from the lake with knife raised, ready to come down on an unsuspecting teenager in a canoe. It’s campy, funny, and the type of tone the series has yet to really explore. I guess we’ll find out if it was all a ruse when the trailer drops in the coming weeks.
American Horror Story: 1984 stars Emma Roberts, Gus Kenworthy, Angelica Ross, Billie Lourd, Cody Fern, Leslie Grossman, John Carroll Lynch, Matthew Morrison, DeRon Horton, and Zach Villa. Sarah Paulson will be appearing in a minor role while Evan Peters, who has starred in all previous eight seasons, reports that he will not be in season nine.
AHS: 1984 will air its first episode this fall on September 18th, 2019.