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A Maniac Heads to Summer Camp in the Screamingly Great Trailer for American Horror Story: 1984

Emma Roberts’ character looks poised to be the Final Girl this season, but things are seldom what they seem on AHS.
Emma Roberts’ character looks poised to be the Final Girl this season, but things are seldom what they seem on AHS.
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After a cheeky campaign of teasers designed to evoke 1980s summer-camp slasher movies, we’ve finally got the first official trailer for American Horror Story: 1984, and man does it deliver. The fashions! The hair! The escaped serial killer named “Mr. Jingles”! The campfire tales of massacres! The Jazzercise!

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We had a feeling that going totally 1980s might be a genius move for Ryan Murphy’s long-running horror anthology, and this trailer sure makes us even more excited to check out the new season. This is no Stranger Things rip-off—this is the 1980s filtered through a more playfully nasty lens, and we are here for it.

Who’s ready to head to Camp Redwood? American Horror Story: 1984—starring Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, John Carroll Lynch, and what appears to be many truckloads of pastel outfits and extra-strength hairspray— premieres September 18 on FX.

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DISCUSSION

I am sure that this will be a better production but didn’t we just have a throwback (callback?) tv series about a summer camp and a serial killer (I want to say it was on MTV or Freeform)?