'American Horror Story: 1984' Theory May Reveal Sinister Competition Twist | Inverse
Speculative spoilers for American Horror Story Season 9 below. Redditor u/JamesGolds2907 theorized that 1984 has direct ties with the previous season, AHS: Apocalypse, and that the characters are a part of a reality competition show. AHS: Apocalypse highlighted the fact that people were being tested for various reasons and they were “being selected for the outpost,” etc. Therefore, AHS: 1984 becomes an extension of the previous season and ties everything together by finally placing the people tested on TV, their lives ready for public consumption. Billie Lourd in American Horror Story: 1984 Don’t think the theory is plausible? Well, American Horror Story series creator Ryan Murphy posted a video to Instagram detailing the opening credits for Season 9. The title sequence, which was created by Kyle Cooper and Corey Vega, plays out like an audience is watching a television show. Not only that, but the sequence includes several shots from a variety of images that have appeared at some point on TV in the 1980s – workout shows, water sport competitions, and former president Ronald Reagan. At the end of the credits, a cassette tape is coming apart and being destroyed, blood sprays everywhere, and the sound of a film deck comes to an abrupt stop. View this post on Instagram I am so excited to share with you the new AMERICAN HORROR STORY title sequence by our longtime collaborator Kyle Cooper and our new friend Corey Vega, who ignited this concept with an original “fan" cut he posted on Twitter after the 1984 season was announced. I liked it so much, I decided to bring him on board to work together with Kyle as they evolved the concept into something major. Congratulations Corey! 1980s horror never looked so good. @broadway1228 A post shared by Ryan Murphy (@mrrpmurphy) on Sep 12, 2019 at 10:33am PDT A post shared by Ryan Murphy (@mrrpmurphy) on Sep 12, 2019 at 10:33am PDT In a previous theory, one fan proposed that the characters of AHS: 1984 were actually on a sound stage and not at a summer camp at all, with the implication of the setting working like The Truman Show or a Cabin in the Woods situation. However, this new theory takes it a step further by connecting the dots from the previous season of AHS and putting the characters in more of a Big Brother reality game show situation. Do they have to play the game so they aren’t voted out? Are there rules they have to abide by within the camp to win over audiences’ favor? Either way, the idea of a sinister game show going on within an ‘80s horror film setting makes for a great twist.