‘American Horror Story’ Recap: Welcome to ‘Camp Redwood’

Variety | 9/19/2019 | Andrea Reiher
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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the season premiere of “American Horror Story: 1984” entitled “Camp Redwood.”

Welcome back to “American Horror Story,” which in its ninth season travels back in time to the 1970s and 1980s to play in the slasher genre.

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Only one episode into the season, it already looks to be a fun ride because “1984” is the first season since “Freak Show” to be set in the past. (Yes, “Hotel” had some other eras popping up, but it was mostly set in the present day.) This year seems like a real treat for campy horror, though, harkening back to not only the original “Friday the 13th” movies but also the fun knockoffs like “Sleepaway Camp” and “Summer Camp Nightmare.”

This is also the first season without Sarah Paulson or Evan Peters. Losing not one but two heavy-hitters leaves “Horror Story” with some big shoes to fill; luckily, Leslie Grossman and Billie Lourd have come on strong in recent years to fill that Paulson void. And this season is positioning Emma Roberts back into small-screen scream queen status for the first time since, well, “Scream Queens.”

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“American Horror Story: 1984” actually began a decade and a half before its titular time period — in 1970 — with some counselors at Camp Redwood having a threesome in a cabin while the campers slept. But before things got too risque for basic cable, one of the girls got freaked out by hearing some “jingling.” Someone had come for the young adults, stabbing her bedmates first and then getting her, too. The trio was left in a bloody pile — but not before Mr. Jingles (John Carroll Lynch) sliced their ears clean off to keep as his trophies.

The weird and very “Horror Story” thing about these murders was that...
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