WATCH: Official Trailer for ‘American Horror Story: 1984’

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After much secrecy and a long hiatus since American Horror Story: Apocalypse, we finally have a trailer for the anthology series’ ninth season. Creator Ryan Murphy shared fun clips of this season’s cast of American Horror Story: 1984 on Instagram weeks ago, with a lot of familiar faces and a handful of new ones decked out in tacky 80s fashion. American Horror Story‘s social media accounts have been sharing teasers since then featuring a masked, knife-wielding killer terrorizing campers in familiar situations. But now we have our first look at what the beginning of the season will entail for the campers and counselors alike.

American Horror Story: 1984 takes place at Camp Redwood, and this season seems to be leaning heavily into the camp aspect, not just in setting but also in tone. The story is a strong mix of Friday the 13th with a little bit of Halloween thrown in for flavor. As new counselors (namely Cody Fern, Emma Roberts, and Billie Lourd) head to the camp for the summer to teach Jazzercise classes and the like, they pick up a person on the road… We don’t see their face, but some cops (one played by actor Mitch Pileggi, a late and very exciting addition to the cast!) are shown discussing an escaped patient named Mr. Jingles. There’s a legend passed around the campfire that they’re sitting on the site of the worst camp massacre in history, and the traumas in different characters’ pasts are hinted at. What follows is a montage of all the bloody peril that the camp will be up against this season. Are we already taking bets on who will survive? Who’s going to be the Final Girl? Who’s the masked killer?

It’s hard to tell from a single trailer how a season of American Horror Story will pan out, but we’re hoping that American Horror Story: 1984 has some tricks up its sleeve to offset the overdone tropes it’s leaning into for its premise. There’s usually always a surprise or some shock thrown in for good measure. If anything, we’ll sit back and enjoy it in all its campy, big-haired glory.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think! American Horror Story: 1984 will premiere on September 18th at 10PM on FX.