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The American Horror Story: 1984 trailer really indulges in 1980s schlock

It’s Friday the 13th meets Scream Queens

The first official trailer for the upcoming season of American Horror Story revels in the 1980s. The first good look at the FX series delivers big hair, bold fashion choices, and some funky disco music. Oh, yeah, plus some serial killers and suspense.

True to American Horror Story tradition, a bunch of mini-teasers released before the trailer drop, each really reveling in the Friday the 13th homage.

Unlike last season — the big, mega-crossover Apocalypse — this season appears to be rooted in more “real” threats, escaped serial killers and killing sprees versus the son of Satan and an army of warlocks. But then again, this is American Horror Story, so a campfire seance to summon the spirits of those slaughtered isn’t out of the question.

This trailer shows Cody Fern’s character, who appears to be an aerobics instructor, roping his friends into being camp counselors at Camp Redwood. While on the way there, they hit a person with their van (and lie about it), and then meet the rest of the Camp Redwood crew. There are hints about the camp’s mysterious past, especially after a killer known as Mr. Jingles escapes from a nearby prison.

In addition to Cody Fern, former cast members Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, and John Carroll Lynch return to American Horror Story. Joining this season are Glee’s Matthew Morrison, Pose’s Angelica Ross, skier Gus Kenworthy, Dear White People’s DeRon Horton, and Shameless’ Zach Villa. This will be the first season where series regulars Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson — the only two actors to appear in all eight previous seasons of the show in some capacity — will not appear.

AHS: 1984 premieres on FX on Sept. 18.

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