Everyone was excited when FX announced the season 9 of American Horror Story, 1984 with a banger slasher theme. Since then the show has the audience gripped over the gory blood-shedding and slashing human bodies from wherever possible doing justice to the slasher theme which we saw in the 1980s slasher movies with all the blood bath and deaths. Everyone was trying to decipher what 1984 meant by Ryan Murphy since it also could mean the same as George Orwell’s novel by the same name 1984. But the season turned out to be exactly what it said a homage to 1980s slasher movies. You can catch all the seasons of the show on Netflix on Roku, Hulu on Roku only on the Roku com link.
Over the past seasons, the fans have grown accustomed to the show having the most outrageous twists and turns which are highly disturbing, teaching us to always expect the unexpected. Every season has had its own disturbing twists on how there was a birth of Antichrist along with the first season one, Murder House which was a traditional haunted house. While 1984 is about slasher theme and too many murders by different serial killers.
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The show was a treat for all the slasher movie fans who love the blood bath and a lot of spooky touches along with it. The show is filled with 80s nostalgia for us giving out perfect one-liners and pop culture references to live for.
There were so many genuine twists that were so unbelievable and unexpected. Like when we find out Donna, played by Angelica Ross, was the one who freed Mr. Jingles (John Carroll Lynch) or when we see that Montana, played by Billie Lourd, was the one who brought The Night Stalker to the camp. But as a whole, the show felt a safe bet for entertainment. The show was a true homage to the slasher themed movies, not just a failed attempt to use the concept to transform into something new.
American Horror Story: 1984 on Roku com link synopsis: A Ghosty-Bloody but Surprisingly Happy Ending
The show does revolve around underlying traumas that it helps the viewers to work through in a known safe place where each and every character is honored in on its characters’ traumas to find unexpected ways to work around the characters and confront them. This season was about whether the characters could escape their past and who are the ones deserving redemption which was sprinkled and stuffed throughout the episodes and an ensemble that provided a true narrative leading the viewers to be completely hooked.
Brooke played by Emma Roberts was evidently the final girl from the start of the show. But by the end of the show, we could not tell if she will live or not. But she comes out to be a survivor. Her backstory fits in when we see how her fiancé killed himself and his dad on the day of their wedding when he was convinced she was cheating on him, but that didn’t really show us more about her character. It is when we hear Brooke’s speech in the 1984’s finale that she has won over her trauma which felt like an attempt to justify her being the final hero, since we still could not know much about an innocent girl being caught up in the crimes she didn’t do and that drives her to revenge.
We are happy that Emma Robert’s Brooke survived but a happy ending for Mr. Jingles and Donna who is the second final girl which is also a nice twist in the show. They are the characters that have evolved beyond their slasher archetypes, how scared Donna is fearful that she might inherit the traits of her father hence that explains her study going on. We see ourselves empathizing with the depths of her character.
By the end of the show, we are left rooting for the serial killer who was falsely accused and we want him to have a happy ending. The show is filled with layers of the characters to work around their development but one thing is for sure Margaret Thatcher, played by Leslie Grossman, is nothing more than a psychopathic killer who is very calculative and doesn’t get caught.
American Horror Story has always been able to tap into the universal pains and fears that one can imagine and then portray them in a way that’s entertaining. The show has succeeded in creating that emotional trauma and how the show relied on to work around the nostalgia and shocker moments to keep us glued to the screen. The slasher theme is fully justified when we see a gory blood bath and a lot of slashing around the scene after scene without any kind of remorse. It was like a love song sung for the 80s slasher theme which was so entertaining to watch. You might even re-watch it with all the episodes to see what happened and who got killed so far.
This 1984 season felt like it was mostly stuck in the past of the 80s and a chance to change the American pop culture history. We hope that American Horror Story season 10 being the final season is way scarier and Ryan Murphy manages to create a horror show for all of us to remember. You can watch for yourself what other blood show goes around in season 9 of AHS. You can watch AHS season 9 on Netflix on Roku or Hulu on Roku. Binge on all the episodes after you are done activating your Roku TV via Link activation Roku. Our expert team is just a call away on the Roku com link