TV Show Review- American Horror Story: 1984


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Daisy Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

American Horror Story, the show known for its different themed seasons has come back for its ninth season titled, “1984.” This season is a parody of the classic slasher films in the 1980’s such as Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween. Viewers had mixed feelings about the theme when it was announced, but that quickly changed after the premiere.

The first episode aired September 18 on FX. The episode started with a 1980’s theme complete with the music, outfits, and attitudes. Even the theme song, which is usually a creepy tune, turned into a more upbeat vibe and showcased bright colors and grainy videos. This season of American Horror Story follows a group of kids who go to a camp where a killer once was. This killer’s name is Mr. Jingles, who the campers brush off as a folk tale. As the first episode progresses, the kids find out that Mr. Jingles is not a myth.

Much of the audience found similarities between the first episode and other horror movies. For example, the antagonist, Mr. Jingles, escapes from an insane asylum and seeks revenge. This is a similar theme in Halloween where the antagonist, Michael Myers, escapes from an insane asylum. Another similarity is when the killer is about to come on screen, the viewers can hear the jingle of keys. In Friday the 13th, the killer, Jason, makes a noise as well before he comes on screen. There are many other similarities such as the camera angles and story line.

Ryan Murphy, the director of the show, kept the same actors as previous seasons such as Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, Cody Fern, John Carroll Lynch, and more. However, Murphy made some new additions such as Matthew Morrison, DeRon Horton, and Angelica Ross.

In my opinion, this season is good so far. American Horror Story has had its ups and downs when it comes to its seasons, but this one is looking like a good season. I, personally, enjoy anything that has to do with classic horror movies and this season is perfect for that. This season will be a great watch for those who also enjoy classic horror movies as well.