Combine our professional obsession with uber-creative genius Ryan Murphy (Glee, Pose, 9-1-1, Feud, and a billion more) with our love for 80's horror/slasher film, and it's easy to understand why we're excited for FX's American Horror Story: 1984. In fact, executive producer Tim Minear only confirmed our excitement when he said this about the current season of Murphy and Brad Falchuk's horror anthology series American Horror Story:
"I think it's awesome. I think it's gonna be really scary but a lot of fun, like it always is. And that if you have a taste for '80s horror, you're in for a treat."
When we reviewed season opener "Camp Redwood," we made a connection to both Shaun of the Dead and The Cabin in the Woods when describing how the season's initial tone and vibe made us feel. We also called into question if what we were seeing was a smokescreen for something bigger and deadlier – and second episode "Mr. Jingles" proved we were right (deeper dive into the episode here).
Then "Slashdance" happened and… wow. We're talking false identities, double-crosses, hidden alliances, impalements, and our first major counselor death (sorry, Ray) – all part of an outing that has us feeling that maybe this really is Hell. Last week's "True Killers (our review here) was a fun frightfest that confirmed our worst suspicions about Margaret while actually starting to feel(???) for Richter/Mr. Jingles – and Trevor went RIP.
Which brings us to this week's episode "Red Dawn"… which already has us confused. Though we're still not quite at the end of the season yet, the promo and (especially) the episode synopsis seem to be telling us that this episode is going to bring a number of our storylines to a (dead) end.
Considering that the eighth episode's synopsis speaks of a "deadly trio" who are "hell-bent" (play on words) on using Camp Redwood for their own means and "our former counselors" trying to stop the murderous cycle, it's pretty safe to say that the "strange factor" is being dialed up to an "11."
"American Horror Story: 1984" season 9, episode 5 "Red Dawn": As twilight broaches, the survivors brace for a final brawl. Written by Dan Dworkin; directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton.
With all of the carnage and mayhem taking place in and around Camp Redwood, we almost missed a very important occasion – thankfully, Murphy had us covered.
Next week's sixth episode of AHS: 1984 also marks the 100th episode for the popular horror anthology – so to honor the upcoming milestone, Murphy took to Instagram to post a fan-made image that pays tribute to those who've graced the screen over the course of nine seasons – an image that makes us want to start binge-watching the entire thing right now:
So here's what we know about the season's sixth episode – which marks the 100th outing for the series:
"American Horror Story: 1984" Episode 6 "Episode 100": With the horrors of the night behind them the survivors deal with the fallout of their choices. Written by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk; directed by Loni Peristere.
In case you're like us and you need to see it for the 166th time, here's a chance to see the cast in all their '80's slasher-film-audition glory:
American Horror Story: 1984 stars Emma Roberts (Brooke), Billie Lourd (Montana), Cody Fern (Xavier), Angelica Ross (Nurse Rita/Donna Chambers), Leslie Grossman (Margaret), John Carroll Lynch (Benjamin "Mr. Jingles" Richter), Gus Kenworthy (Chet), Glee's Matthew Morrison (Trevor), DeRon Horton (Ray), Zach Villa ("The Night Strangler" Richard Ramirez), Alhan Bilal (Jamie), and Tara Karsian (Chef Bertie).
FX's AHS: 1984 slashes its way onto our screens every Wednesday at 10 p.m. EDT.