TV REVIEW: American Horror Story – 1984

The latest season of American Horror Story takes us back to the 80’s to a world obsessed with aerobics, rock music and big hair. Camp Redwood has just been reopened years after a terrible massacre that left only one survivor, Margaret Booth (Leslie Grossman), the now camp director. Five counsellors head to the camp to start their jobs but it soon becomes apparent that nothing is what it appears and that the camp holds more secrets and ghosts than you can shake a stick at.

I am not going to mess around. This season really didn’t work for me. I love the 80’s but borrowing 75% of the plot from Friday the 13th was a bit lazy. The story line about Richard Ramirez (Zach Vila) and his pact with Satan was pointless. I didn’t really care about any of the counsellors and the overall ending was rubbish. The lack of any kind of effort in ageing the actors for the finale suggests that the creators are starting to take their audience for granted and it didn’t sit well with me.

I can see that the underlying themes were about how the media and the public’s obsession with serial killers is both macabre and fuel for sociopathic fires, the fact that the 80’s was the birth of modern horror and how a thirst for vengeance will be your undoing. It just missed any of the real darkness of the earlier seasons or the cleverness of some of the later ones.

Once again Billie Lourd stole the show but the absence of any of the original cast members apart from a couple of a random cameos from Dylan McDermott and Lily Rabe was a huge blow.

Meh.

1.5/5

6 Comments

  1. I still haven’t seen any of these. I will definitely give this episode a miss though. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Yes, this one is utter rubbish. I would highly recommend most of the seasons but this one was a travesty.

  2. This season really was a mess all over. My general impression was that somebody had an interesting idea but nobody thought it through until the end. The first (maybe first two) episodes weren’t perfect but I was curious where they’d go with this, but then it got weird and not a single thing made sense.
    And yes, the ageing was beyond lazy and I couldn’t believe that they were seriously dumping the episodes on us like that.

    1. I am glad it’s not just me because I was shocked at how awful it was. I am a huge AHS fan but I could happily have skipped this season completely.

  3. I stopped watching AHS mid-season 3, and haven’t been able to make myself watch it again. So yeah, meh. Hehe.

    Also: Hi!! Long time no see!!

    1. There are some decent subsequent seasons. I personally LOVED Roanoke but the last couple haven’t been very good… and this one was truly terrible.

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