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American Horror Story: 1984
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Starring
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes5
Release
Original networkFX
Original releaseSeptember 18, 2019 (2019-09-18) –
present (present)
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American Horror Story: 1984 is the ninth season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. It premiered on September 18, 2019.[1] The season has been described as being heavily influenced by classic horror slasher films such as Friday the 13th and Halloween.

Returning cast members from previous seasons include Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, Cody Fern, and John Carroll Lynch, along with new cast members Matthew Morrison, Gus Kenworthy, Angelica Ross, and Zach Villa. 1984 marks the first season to not feature series mainstays Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson.

Cast and characters

Main

Emma Roberts
Billie Lourd
Matthew Morrison
Gus Kenworthy
John Carroll Lynch
Angelica Ross

Recurring

  • DeRon Horton as Ray Powell, Chet's fun-loving friend.[5][4]
  • Orla Brady as Dr. Karen Hopple, head of the asylum that Benjamin escaped from.[7]
  • Lou Taylor Pucci as Jonas Shevoore, the ghost of a former camp counselor.[8]

Guest stars

  • Emma Meisel as Midge, one of the victims of Mr. Jingles.
  • Kat Solko as Helen, one of the victims of Mr. Jingles.
  • Conor Donnally as Eddie, one of the victims of Mr. Jingles.
  • Don Swayze as Roy, owner of a gas station near Camp Redwood.[9]
  • Tara Karsian as Chef Bertie, cook at Camp Redwood.[10]
  • Mitch Pileggi as Art, Dr. Hopple's colleague.[7]
  • Todd Stashwick as Blake, Xavier's former agent.
  • Steven Culp as Mr. Thompson, Brooke's father.
  • Spencer Neville as Joey Cavanaugh, Brooke's ex-fiance.
  • Zach Tinker as Sam Duke, Joey's friend and Montana's brother.
  • Dreama Walker as Rita, the Camp Redwood nurse whose identity is stolen by Donna.
  • Mark Daugherty as Chan, one of the young men who wanted to join Omega XI, a fraternity of which Ray was a member.
  • Sean Liang as Wide Load, one of the pranksters pretending to be Mr. Jingles.
  • John DeLuca as Rod, one of the participants of Montana's aerobics class.
  • Tim Russ as David Chambers, Donna's murderous father.

Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
951"Camp Redwood"Bradley BueckerRyan Murphy & Brad FalchukSeptember 18, 2019 (2019-09-18)9ATS012.13[11]
In 1984, Brooke Thompson is attacked by the Night Stalker and decides to leave town for the summer to work as a counselor at Camp Redwood with her new friends from a dance aerobics class. On the way there, they strike a hiker on the road. The group takes him to the camp where he is tended to by the camp nurse, Rita. Margaret Booth, the owner of the camp, introduces herself to the counselors and gives them a tour of the grounds. Later, around the campfire, the counselors learn from Rita that Camp Redwood was the site of a massacre in 1970 committed by the groundskeeper, Benjamin Richter, referred to as Mr. Jingles. Margaret reveals that she was the sole survivor of that night. Brooke finds the hiker slain by Mr. Jingles, but the body and Richter are nowhere to be found when the others investigate.
962"Mr. Jingles"John J. GrayTim MinearSeptember 25, 2019 (2019-09-25)9ATS021.49[12]
Margaret learns of Richter's escape from the mental institution but insists the camp will open as planned. Brooke is shaken after a phone call with Mr. Jingles and opens up to Montana about her disastrous wedding one year prior. Montana attempts to seduce Brooke, leaving her shocked. Xavier is pursued and is pulled into a car by a man named Blake who forced him to act in gay pornography, however Xavier offers Trevor as his replacement. Instead, Blake is killed by Richter. Brooke is chased by the Night Stalker after seeing a body in the lake but overpowers him. The Night Stalker attempts to murder the hiker, who keeps being constantly killed and resurrected. The counselors find Blake's body with his ear severed and assume that Mr. Jingles has found his way to camp and is hunting them down. Margaret is approached by Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker, and she hires him to defend and protect the children from Mr. Jingles. The counselors attempt to escape but must split into two groups to retrieve keys. Margaret meets the hiker and deduces that he is the ghost of a counselor from 1970. Both groups, led by Trevor and Rita, are individually surrounded by someone outside their cabins, banging on the door.
973"Slashdance"Mary WigmoreJames WongOctober 2, 2019 (2019-10-02)9ATS031.34[13]
Rita's group is accosted by Ramirez, and they decide to split up to increase their odds of survival. Ramirez eventually breaks in and attacks Ray repeatedly, but Chet saves him and they flee. The pair eventually fall into a trap filled with wooden spikes, and Chet is impaled through the shoulder. Ray, after confessing to Chet about an incident in college where he was responsible for the death of a fraternity pledge, leaves Chet to die. The pursuers of Trevor's group turn out to be a group of pranksters impersonating Mr. Jingles as part of a tradition, but Richter kills the pranksters while Trevor, Montana and Xavier flee. Brooke is left alone with Rita and plans to go and alert the police, but Rita drugs her and reveals herself to be Donna Chambers, a serial killer-obsessed psychologist who orchestrated Richter's escape. Donna drags Brooke away. Richter later kills the real Rita, whose identity Donna assumed. Trevor and Xavier find Chet and rescue him; Trevor incapacitates who he believes is Mr. Jingles, but is just another prankster. Montana and Ray are approached by Ramirez; Ray abandons Montana on Trevor's motorcycle, only to be decapitated by Richter while escaping. Montana and Ramirez kiss.
984"True Killers"Jennifer LynchJay BeattieOctober 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)9ATS041.29[14]
Through flashbacks, it is revealed that Montana and Ramirez became lovers after meeting at Montana's aerobics class. At that time she enlisted Ramirez to murder Brooke as revenge for the death of Montana's brother at Brooke's wedding. In the present, Xavier seeks out Bertie, the camp cook, for assistance, but Richter discovers them. Richter locks Xavier in the oven and turns it on, though a fatally wounded Bertie saves him. Now severely burnt, Xavier mercifully kills Bertie. Brooke, meanwhile, falls into a trap set by Donna. Ramirez tracks Brooke down after being tipped off by Montana, but Richter appears. Ramirez and Richter fight, with Brooke escaping during the chaos and Ramirez apparently being killed. Richter visits Margaret, who reveals she was the actual killer in 1970 following bullying at the hands of the other campers. Richter, blamed for the killings, was subsequently subjected to terrible treatments during his time in the asylum. Margaret shoots Richter and leaves him for dead. Trevor arrives after hearing the gunshots, and Margaret kills him. Xavier, after encountering a wounded Richter, is found by Brooke. They meet up with Chet, Montana, and Margaret, who lies that Richter killed Trevor. Elsewhere, Donna witnesses Ramirez being revived by a supernatural force.
995"Red Dawn"Gwyneth Horder-PaytonDan DworkinOctober 16, 2019 (2019-10-16)9ATS051.09[15]
Four years in the past, Donna discovers her father is a serial killer of young women shortly before he kills himself, leading to her obsession. In the present, Ramirez explains to Donna that he was resurrected by Satan and now knows about everything Donna has done. Meanwhile, Margaret suggests boating across the lake for help, and Chet agrees to go with her. On the lake, Margaret reveals the truth to Chet and then kills him. Donna finds Xavier and Montana and admits to freeing Richter, incurring Xavier's wrath. She flees and runs into Richter, asking him to kill her to ease her guilt; he refuses. Richter tracks Margaret down; Xavier shows up and kills Richter, only for Margaret to then kill Xavier. Ramirez arrives and uses Satan to revive Richter. Brooke encounters Ray's ghost and eventually loses her virginity to him; she discovers Ray is dead when she find his severed head. Brooke returns to Montana for help, who attacks her and admits to hiring Ramirez. As the two struggle, the sun finally rises on the next day and the children arrive at the camp, only to witness Brooke murdering Montana. Brooke is arrested and Margaret frames her for all of her friends' deaths. Ramirez and Richter steal a police car and drive towards Los Angeles.
1006"Episode 100"[16]Loni PeristereRyan Murphy & Brad FalchukOctober 23, 2019 (2019-10-23)TBATBD
1017"The Lady in White"[17]Liz FriedlanderJohn GrayOctober 30, 2019 (2019-10-30)TBATBD
1028"Rest in Pieces"[18]Gwyneth Horder-PaytonAdam PennNovember 6, 2019 (2019-11-06)TBATBD

Production

Development

On January 12, 2017, American Horror Story was renewed for a ninth season, with a two-season renewal alongside Apocalypse, set to air in 2019.[19] On April 10, 2019, series co-creator Ryan Murphy announced that the title of the season would be 1984.[20] The season has been described as being heavily influenced by classic horror slasher films such as Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween.[21]

On June 24, 2019, FX announced that the season would premiere on September 18, 2019.[1] The official trailer for the season was released on August 26, 2019.[10] On September 12, 2019, Murphy revealed the opening credits for 1984 via his Instagram account. He explained that it was inspired by Corey Vega's fan-made concept, which strongly impressed him. As a result, he invited Vega to work with series veteran collaborator Kyle Cooper on the official sequence.[22] Later that month, FX officially released the promo posters for the season, confirming the main cast's character names.[4]

On October 17, 2019, it was announced that 1984 would conclude with its ninth episode, one less than the 10 episodes that were originally ordered. This makes it the shortest season in the entire series, and the second season after Roanoke to reduce its original episode count.[23]

Casting

On February 6, 2019, Murphy revealed that Emma Roberts and series newcomer Gus Kenworthy would star in the season.[2] On July 8, 2019, it was reported by Deadline Hollywood that Sarah Paulson would have a smaller role in 1984 than in previous seasons, due to her commitments to Murphy's Netflix series Ratched.[24] Two days later, Pose actress Angelica Ross announced that she would have a series regular role in the season.[6] On July 11, 2019, Billie Lourd, Cody Fern, Leslie Grossman, and John Carroll Lynch were confirmed to be returning to the series, with new cast members Matthew Morrison, DeRon Horton, and Zach Villa.[5]

On April 2, 2019, series mainstay Evan Peters, who had starred in all eight previous seasons, announced he would not appear in this season.[25] On May 23, 2019, Billy Eichner, who appeared in Cult and Apocalypse, stated that he would not be returning in the season.[26]

Filming

On July 11, 2019, Murphy confirmed the season started filming.[27]

Reception

Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave the season a 95% approval rating, with an average rating of 8.32/10, based on 59 reviews.[28]

American Horror Story (season 9): Critical reception by episode

Ratings

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Camp Redwood" September 18, 2019 1.0 2.13[11] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "Mr. Jingles" September 25, 2019 0.7 1.49[12] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "Slashdance" October 2, 2019 0.6 1.34[13] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "True Killers" October 9, 2019 0.6 1.29[14] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Red Dawn" October 16, 2019 0.5 1.09[15] TBD TBD TBD TBD


American Horror Story : U.S. viewers per episode (millions)
Audience measurement performed by Nielsen Media Research.[29][citation needed]


References

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  2. ^ a b c Harnick, Chris (February 6, 2019). "Gus Kenworthy Joining American Horror Story Season 9 With Emma Roberts". E! News. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
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  6. ^ a b Strause, Jackie (July 10, 2019). "'Pose' Star Joins 'American Horror Story: 1984' Cast". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
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  10. ^ a b American Horror Story [@AHSFX] (August 26, 2019). "You're all gonna die. Watch the OFFICIAL TRAILER for #AHS1984. Premieres 9/18 on @FXNetworks" (Tweet). Retrieved August 27, 2019 – via Twitter.
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  18. ^ "(#908) "Rest in Pieces"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
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  21. ^ "American Horror Story season 9 will pay tribute to 1980s slasher films". Polygon. April 11, 2019. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  22. ^ Flook, Ray (September 12, 2019). ""American Horror Story: 1984" Opening Credits – Full 80's VHS Glory! [VIDEO]". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  23. ^ Gennis, Sadie (October 17, 2019). "American Horror Story: 1984 Will Be the Show's Shortest Season Yet". TV Guide. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  24. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 8, 2019). "Sarah Paulson Scales Back On 'American Horror Story: 1984' As She Ratchets Up On 'Ratched'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  25. ^ "Evan Peters says he will not be returning for American Horror Story season 9". PopBuzz. April 2, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  26. ^ billy eichner [@billyeichner] (May 23, 2019). "Thank you! I can't do AHS this year but boy oh boy I had a blast and I love all those crazy kids a lot. ❤️" (Tweet). Retrieved May 24, 2019 – via Twitter.
  27. ^ Murphy, Ryan (July 11, 2019). "To celebrate the first day of filming the NINTH Season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY, here's the official 1984 cast announcement along with some amazing 80s lewks. Enjoy!". Instagram. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
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  29. ^ For the second season, see "American Horror Story: Season Two Ratings". TV Series Finale. January 24, 2013. Retrieved July 26, 2017.

    For the third season, see "American Horror Story: Coven: (Season Three) Ratings". TV Series Finale. January 30, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2017.


    For the fourth season, see "American Horror Story: Freak Show Ratings". TV Series Finale. January 22, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2017.


    For the fifth season, see "American Horror Story: Hotel (Season Five) Ratings". TV Series Finale. January 14, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2017.


    For the sixth season, see "American Horror Story: Season Six Ratings". TV Series Finale. November 17, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2017.


    For the seventh season, see "American Horror Story: Season Seven Ratings". TV Series Finale. November 17, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.


    For the eighth season, see "American Horror Story: Season Eight Ratings". TV Series Finale. September 13, 2018. Retrieved September 13, 2018.


    For the ninth season, see "American Horror Story: Season Nine (1984) Ratings". TV Series Finale. September 19, 2019. Retrieved September 19, 2019.

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