Some of my fondest memories are of when my mom and I would eat junk food and watch B rate horror movies on Netflix. At one point, I’m pretty sure we viewed all the horror movies on the streaming service and now I can hardly find time to catch up on my ever-growing list of flicks. So, when my mom asked if I wanted to have an American Horror Story 1984 date, I was ecstatic. We may live a state apart, but it’s 2019 and anything is possible through the power of technology! For those of you looking for news on AHS 1984, saddle up because the season premier was dripping with ’80’s references and fantastic foreshadowing.
Needless to say, from here on out this article will be riddled with spoilers. If you haven’t had the chance to watch the first episode of AHS 1984, come on back when you have. I promise it’ll be worth the wait.
The series begins in the 1970s at Camp Redwood where we meet our dastardly antagonist Mr. Jingles (John Carroll Lynch) as he slaughters nearly everyone in sight and stealing their ears. After witnessing such a dreadful scene, viewers are immediately thrust into the middle of an 80’s aerobics class in which we meet the bulk of our delightful cast. Montana Duke (Billie Lourd), Xavier Plympton (Cody Fern), Ray Powell (DeRon Horton) and Chet Clancy (Gus Kenworthy) expertly thrust for the camera while a timid Brooke Thompson (Emma Roberts) appears to find her groove as the class is coming to an end. The group explains to Brooke that they all have secured summer jobs at Camp Redwood and ask her to come along however, Brooke mentions she’ll be studying at the local community college and declines their offer.
As our brunette bombshell lays asleep in her bed, she is awoken by an infamous intruder looking for her prized jewelry. This devious man is the one and only, Night Stalker (Zach Villa), a serial killer known to terrorize the citizens of LA. After bludgeoning him with a cast-iron skillet, the man runs away threatening that he will return for revenge. This terrifying incident persuades Brooke to take a position at Camp Redwood, apparently abandoning her dreams of becoming a veterinary technician. As the teens are heading to their new place of work, they mow down a hiker and decide to bring him along too rather than just leave him for dead.
It is here where we meet Margaret Booth (Leslie Grossman) the new owner of Camp Redwood and only survivor of the massacre led by Mr. Jingles as well as Rita (Angelica Ross) the resident nurse. After learning the rules of the camp and a night of debauchery with Trevor Kirchner (Matthew Morrison), the new activities director, our team unknowingly has their first close call with Mr. Jingles who has recently escaped from the mental hospital up the road. Just as Brooke has fallen asleep, she hears the payphone ring and goes to investigate. It is here that she once again comes face-to-face with the Night Stalker.
I must admit, when I saw the Night Stalker show up to the camp, I nearly threw my remote at the TV. Having two separate antagonists should be interesting, I wonder how closely the Night Stalker’s role will parallel the real Richard Ramirez case. Also, will Dr. Hopple (Orla Brady) do her civic duty and warn Booth about the escape of Mr. Jingles? The duty to warn is real thanks to the Tarasoff case and Hopple needs to get on it! In addition, I thought when the group ran over the hiker, we’d have an I Know What You Did Last Summer on our hands. With all these questions and thoughts, one can only hope it’s a sign that this season will be even better than the last. Overall, the first episode of AHS 1984 grasped my attention like never before and I’m absolutely excited for the upcoming episode.