This year’s Halloween is destined to be particularly hair-raising. With FX unveiling its first posters and release date for the 12th season of Ryan Murphy’s iconic series, American Horror Story, the anticipation is palpable. Titled AHS: Delicate, the posters have already set the internet alight, featuring the enigmatic Cara Delevingne and a transformed Kim Kardashian. Let’s unpack what we know.
A Fresh Theme for AHS: Delicate
Delicate, the upcoming season, draws inspiration from Danielle Valentine’s forthcoming book, Delicate Condition, slated for release on August 17, 2023. Breaking his usual mold, Murphy’s latest installment derives its narrative from a novel, though previous seasons often channeled real-life horrors like The Black Dahlia or the dark tales of John Wayne Gacy.
Delicate: A Glimpse into the Plot
Valentine’s Delicate is a chilling psychological ride. Heralded as a contemporary reimagining of the classic Rosemary’s Baby, the novel trails Anna Alcott’s harrowing journey through pregnancy and perceived miscarriage. But Anna’s conviction that her unborn child, eerily unhuman, persists within her is where the real horror begins. In a conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Valentine shed light on the narrative’s core: a discourse on the gruesome realities of pregnancy and the systematic medical gaslighting women often confront.
Star-Studded Casting: From Kardashians to Supermodels
One can’t mention AHS: Delicate without noting the sensation Kim Kardashian’s casting stirred. Swapping her reality star hat for a horror avatar, Kardashian’s inclusion was a masterstroke by Murphy, who enthused about her pivotal role. But fans, presented with the FX poster, were more entranced by Kardashian’s uncanny resemblance to AHS veteran, Lady Gaga.
Meanwhile, the versatile Cara Delevingne’s inclusion amplifies the series’ allure. Spotted last on June 6 on the AHS: Delicate set, the poster’s image of a sinister Delevingne, wielding a massive needle, suggests a possibly medical twist to her character.
Familiar Faces Return
Emma Roberts, the series’ staple scream queen, returns for another chilling stint, marking her sixth AHS appearance. Roberts, reminiscent of Kardashian, is portrayed cradling a spider, an image evoking both intrigue and horror.
Additionally, Zachary Quinto, an AHS veteran, rejoins the horror anthology, recently sharing his impressions of Kardashian’s on-set presence, lauding her warmth and finesse.
Gilmore Girls’ alumnus Matt Czuchry, is also onboard. Rumors hint at his role being intertwined with Roberts’ character, following sightings of the duo filming at a fertility clinic.
Release Schedule and Further Updates
Though the last season of AHS perfectly aligned with Halloween, fans won’t have to wait that long for AHS: Delicate. Part one is set to debut on FX come September 20, 2023, with Hulu streaming scheduled for the subsequent day.
However, the original release plan was thwarted by Hollywood’s ongoing strikes led by WGA and SAG-AFTRA, pushing the release date for the second part and the exact episode count into uncertainty.
In conclusion, American Horror Story: Delicate promises a medley of horror, drama, and star power. As details continue to unravel, fans and horror enthusiasts are undoubtedly gearing up for a season unlike any other.