We’re all a fan of the ’80s, whether it’s the music, fashion, film or even TV shows, which is probably why we’re seeing an increasing trend of things being set in that era.
Stranger Things fans, I’m speaking directly to you.
Another popular series that happens to be taking a trip down memory lane is American Horror Story, with its latest season “AHS: 1984” premiering on Wednesday, September 18th.
American Horror Story first haunted our screens in 2011 and has gained a massive cult following since. Eight years later we sit here eagerly awaiting its ninth season to debut.
When announcing the new series, show creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk revealed that it would pay homage to the era, solely from its title: “1984”.
Even just from looking at the season poster we can tell it’s going to be an ode to violent slasher movies of the 1980s, including the likes of Friday the 13th (1984), Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and Halloween (1981).
Typically, fans of TV shows enjoy coming up with theories about what’s to come next in a new season and over the years, theories regarding AHS have been coming in thick and fast, but only one has been hinted at by show creator Ryan Murphy.
In 2017, Red Herry, a user on Reddit, suggested that each AHS season correlates with a different kind of sin that is featured in the nine circles of Hell from Dante’s Inferno. In the epic poem, each circle is associated with a different kind of sin and the suggestio is that each season is characterised by one of these sins too. For example, Asylum is ‘Fraud’ and Coven is ‘Treachery’.
Even Murphy seemed impressed by the idea.
And so with the new season nearly upon us, speculation is rife about which of the remaining circles correspond to Apocalypse and 1984.
Fans suggest, without any more comments from Murphy on his previous revelation, that Apocalypse represents ‘violence’- given that the world literally ended – and therefore season 9 will represent ‘lust’, which is backed up by two recent trailers which seem to feature teen sex quite prominently.
The first clip features a scantily-glad girl being murdered at Camp Redwood, while the second teaser focuses on a young man who’s left alone in danger while his friends run off for some privacy.
With its inspired slasher movies also featuring a lot of teen sex scenes, it seems obvious that ‘lust’ will play a pretty significant role in the new season.
Whilst the victorious virgin trope is included in the teasers, we can only hope that the new season embodies the stereotypical character tropes to a certain extent, while adding a modern twist.
Of course, it could just be a simple coincidence that the previous seasons have been following the sins from Dante’s Inferno, but hey, it’s fun to speculate.
American Horror Story: 1984 premieres in the US on Wednesday, September 18 at 10pm ET, and on FOX and NOW TV in the UK. Catch up on series 1-6 on Netflix, with season 7 available to buy on Amazon Prime Video.