When Ryan Murphy’s anthology series titled “American Horror Story” started up in 2011, it quickly amassed a near-cult following. The show was Murphy’s first after “Glee,” which could not be further from what he created with “American Horror Story.” Now, the show is heading into its ninth season on air, with each season having an entirely different theme (though each season supposedly takes place within the same universe). Each season addresses a story about U.S. history with a creepy, supernatural twist—from the dark history of the natives at Roanoke, Virginia, to the glamorous bloodbath that was old Hollywood’s unsolved murders. Now, AHS gets ready to launch its ninth season: 1984.

What Is The Theme?

While 1984 seems a bit ambiguous, it shares a title with George Orwell’s famed dystopian sci-fi novel that was released in 1949. However, Murphy has said that the new season will not take after Orwell’s dark vision of the future, but will instead pay homage to the slasher films of the ’80s that are so widely adored by fans of the horror genre. What makes those films, specifically, so widely appreciated by horror fans is their element of camp, and the fact that they were all so laughably unbelievable that it was nearly impossible to create a suspension of disbelief.

Fans of Murphy, however, will remember that his spoof comedy “Scream Queens” payed homage to the slasher films of the 1980’s already. The show, which starred Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Keke Palmer, Abigail Breslin, and Jaime Lee Curtis (with an appearance from Ariana Grande), was a campy sorority spoof that portrayed a college campus that was being terrorized by a slasher. As “American Horror Story” began to lose traction while “Scream Queens” became a hit, fans pointed out that perhaps Murphy was better-suited for the world of comedy than drama.

Nevertheless, “American Horror Story” reigned supreme, as “Scream Queens” was cancelled after only two seasons. Emma Roberts and Billie Lourd, however, continued working with Murphy through “American Horror Story,” where they will star in the upcoming season. That being said, some heavy hitters from previous seasons’ casts will not be returning for season 9. Names like Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Jessica Lange will not grace the credits for this season. However, Peters, hinted that he would be returning for a tenth season, should it come into fruition.

AHS Releases Teaser Trailers To Promote Show

In anticipation for the release of season 9, American Horror Story released a couple of teaser trailers in anticipation for the premiere of the show. Where previous seasons have tried to go for genuine horror, the upcoming season seems to be a more comical spoof on the horror films of the past. The new series will premiere on Wednesday, September 18 on FX at 10/9c.