AHS: Success story or American horror ?
Amber Duffy, Anchor Contributor
Last wednesday, The FX network premiered the first episode of “American Horror Story: 1984”; the ninth season of the critically acclaimed series. Although many longtime fans were not too excited for the season, since many of the fan favorite actors such as Evan Peters did not return, Emma Roberts (Seasons 3,4,7,8 and 9) and Billie Lourd (7,8, and 9) actually remained, allowing the season to stay true to its legacy of keeping familiar faces as characters.
The premiere was a promising indicator for another great season ahead. Unlike some of the previous seasons like seasons two and five, “1984” seems to take less of an extreme gore approach, and more of a stereotypical 80s thriller theme; keeping it true to the decade it is based in.
"1984” follows five friends as they decide to leave Los Angeles and work as camp counselors for the summer at Camp Redwood, which has been shut down fourteen years prior after a massacre. During the premiere, the man who committed the murders escapes the mental institution he was at, foreshadowing for an extreme season to lie ahead.
Like prior seasons of “American Horror Story”, the episode was packed with a few Easter eggs for fans to find. One that stood out the most to fans was the of the infamous Night Stalker`s appearance, and his attack on Roberts’ character Brooke. Fans of the show may recall the episode “Devil’s Night” from the series fifth season “Hotel”. In the episode, multiple serial killers check into the hotel and have dinner together; the Night Stalker also known as Richard Rameriez was one of them.
Theisseason allows for a perfect blend between what “American Horror Story” is known for, while also adding a new twist to create a brand new and different season. “American Horror Story: 1984” seems to continue the tradition of “American Horror Story” being an incredible series, packed with a plethora of different types of horror; allowing for a fright for all viewers.