‘American Horror Story: 1984’ Release Date Announced And You Don’t Have Long To Wait

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, TV
Published 26.06.19

The release date for Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: 1984 – which will be an ode to 1980s slasher films – has been revealed by FX.

The teaser for the ninth instalment of Ryan Murphy’s horror drama American Horror Story – which is really several stories rather than just a story – was a pretty violent and stylised ode to 1980s slasher movies, likely indicating the upcoming season’s new direction.

Called 1984 – an infamously shit year in well-known literature – we see an ill-fated young woman being chased through a wooded area by a masked chap doing his best Jason Voorhees impression.

She makes it to a secluded cabin and slams the door behind her, leaning on it as she collects herself. Obviously, though, slashers don’t fear doors, as the man(?) plunges his knife straight through it. We then see the title card saying “1984”.

It was a pretty frightening first trailer that once again proved why running into the woods at night is never a good idea.

Since then, we’ve been patiently waiting for a release date, and lookie here, we have one.

FX has announced the US release date and American Horror Story: 1984 will premiere on the channel on 18th September 2019 at 10pm. Sadly there’s no word yet about a UK release date, but a) you’d imagine it will follow soon after and b) if you’re that bothered about it find a stream.

Apart from that, little else is known other than the fact it’s evidently going to be a throwback to slasher movies like A Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday the 13th.

Speaking about 1984, executive producer Tim Minear said it would be a ‘treat’ for fans of 1980s horror movies.

He said: “I will tell you nothing, except that I think it’s awesome.

“I think it’s gonna be really scary but a lot of fun, like it always is. And that if you have a taste for ’80s horror, you’re in for a treat.”

He added: “Generally, Ryan [Murphy] is ahead of the zeitgeist as opposed to following it,

“So what I would say is that this has been an area that Ryan has talked about since I’ve known him and it’s just a real sweet spot for him. And I think it was time for him to do it.”

While the teaser did not reveal returning cast members, Murphy previously announced that Emma Roberts and Gus Kenworthy would be part of the cast, although series regular Evan Peters will not appear in the forthcoming series.

However, in an interview with Digital Spy, Evans was asked if he’d return to the series and he’s not ruling it out.

He said: “Yeah, absolutely, never say never. I just…Yeah, we’ll see what happens.” 

It is also uncertain whether Sarah Paulson – who has been in every single season – will be back for 1984 as nothing has been said to her yet.

Speaking to Syfy in April, she said: “I think… all I can say is I know the least about this season upcoming that I’ve known about any season. I don’t even know… yeah, that’s all I can say.

“Usually, I have more information at this point, and I’m bugging Ryan [Murphy] with questions. Right now, I don’t have a lot and yeah, I’m so busy with Ratched, it’s hard for me to think about anything beyond that.”

Stop being vague and give us some details, wills yah?

There’s literally nothing more I can tell you now – even the cast members don’t know squat – how am I supposed to know?

18th September. 10pm. I’ve got a feeling you’ve got something on.

Images via FX