A Look Into the Leading Ladies of ‘AHS: 1984’

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Get your leg warmers on, there’s a chill in the air.

Season nine of “American Horror Story” airs on FX this Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 10 p.m. EST.

As a throwback to the golden age of horror and bold fashion, creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are transporting us back to the summer of 1984. 

Inspired by teen slashers that came before, “AHS: 1984” takes place at Camp Redwood, where campfire tales reveal it to be the site of the worst summer massacre of all time.

Five friends leave the city to work as camp counselors there for the summer, but campfire stories soon come to life as they find themselves hunted down by Mr. Jingles, a crazed killer who has escaped a nearby asylum.  

With no shortage of crop tops, neon spandex and big hair, not only do the female cast members pull off some iconic ’80s looks this season, but they also play into some classic ’80s horror movie tropes.

Let’s meet this season’s leading ladies. 

Emma Roberts

Roberts, who previously appeared in several past seasons including “Coven,” “Freak Show,” “Cult” and “Apocalypse,” portrays Brooke Thompson.

Her new-found friends convince her to hit the road for an exciting summer at Camp Redwood. While she appears to be the sweet, timid good girl, her past reveals she’s experienced real-life terrors scarier than their ghost stories. Her pink leotards and blood-splattered pastel sweaters are what ’80s fueled nightmares are made of. 

Leslie Grossman

Grossman, last seen in “Apocalypse,” is giving us some fierce Farrah Fawcett hair as Margaret Booth, the no-nonsense leader of the camp. The thick-rimmed glases, khakis and neckerchief complete her character, but the stern smirk and glaring eyes are by far the most killer of “looks.” 

Billie Lourd

Lourd, who also last appeared in “Apocalypse,” plays Montana Duke. Complete with form-fitting leopard print crops and a bleach blonde fringe, she embodies the “bad girl” look and the cool ’80s rock goddess style. She welcomes Brooke into their all-male friend group as her juxtaposing female counterpart.

Angelica Ross

We’re introduced to Ross for the first time in the “AHS” series as Rita, the camp’s pragmatic nurse who reveals Redwood’s horrific history to newcomers by the campfire. Ross is the first trans actor to secure two series regular roles, and previously appeared in another Ryan Murphy show, “Pose.” It just wouldn’t be the ’80s without plaid and shoulder pads, would it?

Tarsa Karsian

Karsian is another newcomer this season as Chef Bertie, a former camper who has seen it all when it comes to the camp’s haunting past and it’s secrets. In Bertie’s case, the casual cigarette-in-mouth look only adds to her outdoorsy, laid-back demeanor.

Brittany Maher

Brittany Maher is a Georgia born writer, poet and journalist. When she’s not wrangling words and slingin’ ink, you can find her by the river with her dog Lego, at a local concert venue or sipping coffee in the poetry section of a bookstore.

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