“Welcome to Camp Redwood. Good luck leaving alive.”
We now have a name for the summer camp setting of American Horror Story‘s ninth season 1984, a love letter to the 80s summer slashers like Sleepaway Camp (1983) and Friday the 13th (1980). The Friday the 13th vibes feel especially present in this latest teaser from FX, with teens happily tearing down dirt roads and lounging around Camp Redwood’s lake as a masked man with a knife lurks, ready to strike (if you can count clinging to a pickup truck’s undercarriage as “lurking”).
Of course, as is typical for AHS, this teaser leans heavily into aesthetic, but doesn’t give much away in terms of content. Outside of naming Camp Redwood, we don’t seem any closer to knowing any salient plot details for this season than we were when the theme was first announced. It’s pretty much impossible to predict at this point just how AHS will spin the 80s slasher.
From this 80s-tastic casting announcement earlier this month, we can confirm the return of AHS veterans Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Cody Fern, Leslie Grossman, and John Carroll Lynch, familiar faces from other Ryan Murphy projects, such as Matthew Morrison (Glee) and Angelica Ross (Pose), and newcomers to Murphy’s world, Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy, DeRon Horton (Dear White People), and Zach Villa (Shameless). Former cast members Evan Peters and Billy Eichner have already announced that they’re sitting this season out, and despite a Sarah Paulsen-shaped hole in this casting announcement, whispers still suggest that she might yet make an appearance at some point.
American Horror Story: 1984 premieres September 18th on FX.