When will 'American Horror Story' Season 10 return? Here are 5 scariest seasons to binge on while you wait
While we wait a whole gap year for the 10th season, there's no reason why things have to be dry; with nine seasons already out there, here are our top five scariest picks
Ryan Murphy has been quite busy this 2020. First, there was 'Hollywood', and then there was 'Ratched' both on Netflix, and starring some of his favorite 'American Horror Story' muses. And that inevitably brings us to just when Murphy will get around to giving us the highly anticipated tenth season of his FX anthology horror with Brad Falchuk. It's been over a year since Season 9: '1984' hit the network, and neither has there been word on the theme for the upcoming season, nor the date of its premiere.
Earlier this year we assumed based on the past that if a season 10 was already in the works, the next installment would drop on FX sometime in September. But that never happened, even though Murphy has revealed that the OG cast, full with Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and even McCaulay Caulkin will appear in Season 10. Worth celebrating as that might be, all we can say about the premiere of the next season is that it will come sometime around 2021. Murphy had teased in August that they would go into production in October 2020, so based on that, let's look forward to September 2021. But while we wait a whole gap year for the tenth season, there's no reason why the wait has to be a dry one. There are nine seasons already out there, each as stellar as the next, and some even blood curdling too. Here are our top five scariest picks from all AHS seasons to leave you just the right amount of terrified, waiting for AHS 10!
1. Season 7: Cult
With very, very little supernatural horror, Season 7: Cult is easily the scariest purely because of the real-life and regular people elements of horror it entails. In a just Trump-elected America, racist White supremacist leader Kai Anderson (Peters) takes the MAGA mantra a bit too seriously. His views, both outrageous and fascist soon gain momentum, as Kai becomes sort of a cult leader, brainwashing the very people the Trump administration has allegedly targetted the most: Black people and those of the LGBTQ community. From clowns to bloodbaths of gore and horror - it's classic AHS with a dash of realism that would have left anybody hailing from a minority terrified to step outside their house.
2. Season 6: Roanoke
Think blood moon, bloodthirsty rituals of the dead in purgatory, a murder house, and showers of teeth - there's nothing that Roanoke lacks when it comes to folklore horrors. the show within a show also adds a dash of satire to the life of movie stars and their stints in reality television as they reenact an interracial couple's trials and tribulations in a gigantic farmhouse in the middle of Roanoke's nowhere, with Lady Gaga playing a wicked, sinister enchantress who inspires people to kill. What could go wrong?
3. Season 1: Murder House
If you're a fan of lustful vengeance and crimes of passion, 'Murder House' should be your go-to binge-watch list. From infidelity to school sooting and the signature spawn of the devil - the debut season of AHS brings back one of Hollywood's coveted elements of horror since Charles Manson became infamous for his crimes. Of course, the house's hauntings have to do with grounds of purgatory, but it's the ghosts and the state of their appearances that might send a shiver or two down your spine as they commit murder after murder, painting the walls with blood and sending the new residents into a suicidal spree. Also, Jessica Lange. Need we say more?
4. Season 2: Asylum
This one's more of a treat for fans of the psychological thriller genre as the titular mental health facility packs more than just emotional baggage from its patients. Lange plays the driven Sister Jude - the authoritarian who runs the asylum, sort of like Mildred Ratched from 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest', but she also has a softer, yet darker past that she is begging for redemption from. Paulson plays lesbian journalist Lana Winters and through her arc, we are presented with the horrors of 60's conversion therapies. And of course, Zachary Quinto as the serial killer in disguise adds a whole other spice to it. There's alien invasion too if that's your poison. One can't really go wrong with this.
5. Season 5: Hotel
Think 'The Shining' but set in the backdrop of the infamous Hotel Cortez on the show, inspired by the real-life horrors of the Los Angeles Hotel Cecil. On the show, we see serial killer James Patrick March (Peters) hold an annual gala where he invites his favorites in the game of killing and chilling on a spree to prey on an innocent victim, usually a guest at the hotel. The party is attended by the ghosts of some of the most sinister real-life serial killers and rapists like Jeffery Dahmer, Richard Ramirez, and even Aileen Wuornos - the last one played to perfect by the unmissable Lilly Rabe who is a crucial part of the franchise. Matt Bomer also appears as Lady Gaga's boytoy - the couple a bloodthirsty pair of swingers who love to f**k and kill, simply.