American Horror Story: 1984 Review

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American Horror Story: 1984 Review

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Sophie Hall and Amelia Mendes

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    The 9th season of American Horror Story has finally arrived and this time the theme is 1984, focusing on the classic slasher movie aesthetic. The back story is shown in the opening scene as Mr. Jingles, a Vietnam war veteran, who is famous for taking the ears off his victims, is shown terrorizing one of the cabins at Camp Redwood, killing nine people total. As the pilot goes on, it becomes more suspenseful and more ridiculous as not only one, but two serial killers arrive at Camp Redwood. As the main characters, who agree to spend the summer as camp counselors, are introduced, the audience may find themselves relating to one of the characters, or at least wanting them to stay alive. This makes the show more interesting and by the end of the pilot, the audience is left wanting more. It seems like the show might be finally making a comeback after its lull during seasons 6, 7, and 8. 

     As classic 80’s film fanatics, there were definitely some similarities between AHS:1984 and famous films from the decade. Various sequences distinctly resembled Friday the 13th, Halloween, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Scream (We know the last two are 90’s, don’t be a stickler). We anticipate many other intentional resemblances to other classic horror movies will be included as the series progresses. In addition to this, many 80’s stereotypes were the basis for the main protagonists, such as the antagonistic jock (Gus Kenworthy), the valley girl (Billie Lourd), the Magnum PI wannabe (Matthew Morrison), Duran Duran look-alike (Cody Fern), and the goody-two-shoes (Emma Roberts). 

   Although all of these references and tributes to the 80’s are completely and utterly wonderful (the costuming and settings are on-point), we can not ignore the fact that the horror scenes are in fact, incredibly horrifying. We mean it. We swear. One of us spent most of the episode watching from behind a pillow (who it was will remain unnamed). If you don’t handle blood well, DON’T WATCH THIS. We’re serious. This isn’t some kind of ploy to depict the series as a forbidden fruit for your enjoyment. No. It was scary. Don’t say we didn’t tell you. 

(Amelia’s exaggerating, it’s nowhere near as bad as season 2.)

     As we begin October, this is the perfect way to begin our spookiest season. Amercian Horror Story: 1984 has all of the creepy, horrific, and nevertheless nostalgic and sometimes even comedic vibes. If you are put off by the previous underwhelming seasons, 1984 just might be able to turn you around. It has a mostly new cast and, although we will greatly miss Evan Peters, it brings a refreshing feel to this new season. We highly recommend AHS Season 9 as an enjoyable, though occasionally disturbing, show.