"Let us walk with these warriors, charge on with these champions."
A show as long-running and as thematically varied as American Horror Story isn’t going to please every fan every season (the “timely” Cult was a low point, but last year’s crossover, Apocalypse, was fabulous).From its very first promos, I had a good feeling about AHS: 1984 – and so far the slasher homage has not let me down.Ryan Murphy’s earlier ode to all things slasher, Fox’s Scream Queens – which also featured 1984 stars Emma Roberts and Billie Lourd – was pretty mediocre (though casting Jamie Lee Curtis was genius).To sum up, as briefly as possible: the sole survivor of the 1970 Camp Redwood tragedy – former counsellor turned Jesus freak/ultraconservative rich widow/knee-sock enthusiast Margaret Booth (Leslie Grossman) – has bought the camp and is intent on transforming it back into a wholesome retreat for children.The rest of the group includes Xavier (Cody Fern), whose dreams of becoming a movie star are threatened by the gay porn director who’s blackmailing him to stay in the X-rated biz; Chet, a would-be Olympian who was disqualified for doping (played by Gus Kenworthy, a real-life Olympic medalist); and college dropout Ray (DeRon Horton), who’s terrified the LAPD is about to discover his part in the accidental death of a fraternity pledge.And then there’s Montana (Billie Lourd), a horny cardio fiend who seduces the Night Stalker so he’ll go after Brooke, whose former fiancé (deep breath, soap opera incoming) shot and killed Montana’s brother in a jealous rage, thinking his soon-to-be wife and best friend were having an affair – which Brooke (who doesn’t realise who Montana really is) denies but Montana believes to be true.
FX’s marketing campaign for each new season of American Horror Story manages to be even creepier and more disturbing than the one before it, and the bar has once again been raised for the newest installment, American Horror Story: Apocalypse.The network has released the first teaser for the upcoming eighth season of Ryan Murphy’s anthology horror series, which will be a crossover season featuring characters from Murder House (Season 1) and Coven (Season 3).Once again, FX marketing chief Stephanie Gibbons and her team have whipped up a new concoction of terrifying imagery, including a fetus nestled inside an hourglass whose umbilical cord is attached to a black, beating heart.There are also bodies with melting skin, flaming skulls, vicious scorpions and, in keeping with this season’s titles, plenty of apocalyptic visuals.American Horror Story: Apocalypse, which debuts Wednesday, Sept. 12, “begins with the end of the world—and then our world begins,” executive producer Alexis Martin Woodall said Friday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in L.A.The case includes several American Horror Story alums, playing a mixture of new and returning characters, including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Adina Porter and Billy Eichner.