American Horror Story: 1984
|American Horror Story: 1984|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||9|
|Original release||September 18 –|
November 13, 2019
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, and concluded on November 13, 2019. 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, John Carroll Lynch, Leslie Jordan, Tanya Clarke, Lily Rabe, Dylan McDermott, and Finn Wittrock, 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
- Emma Roberts as Brooke Thompson (9 episodes)
- Billie Lourd as Montana Duke (9 episodes)
- Leslie Grossman as Margaret Booth (8 episodes)
- Cody Fern as Xavier Plympton (9 episodes)
- Matthew Morrison as Trevor Kirchner (8 episodes)
- Gus Kenworthy as Chet Clancy (9 episodes)
- John Carroll Lynch as Benjamin Richter / Mr. Jingles (9 episodes)
- Angelica Ross as Rita / Donna Chambers (9 episodes)
- Zach Villa as Richard Ramirez (9 episodes)
- DeRon Horton as Ray Powell (8 episodes)
- Orla Brady as Dr. Karen Hopple (4 episodes)
- Lou Taylor Pucci as Jonas Shevoore (5 episodes)
- Tara Karsian as Chef Bertie (3 episodes)
- Emma Meisel as Midge (5 episodes)
- Kat Solko as Helen (5 episodes)
- Conor Donnally as Eddie (5 episodes)
- Sean Liang as Wide Load (4 episodes)
- Leslie Jordan as Courtney (4 episodes)
- Lily Rabe as Lavinia Richter (3 episodes)
- Dylan McDermott as Bruce (3 episodes)
- Filip Alexander as Bobby Richter[a] (3 episodes)
- Mitch Pileggi as Art (2 episodes)
- Don Swayze as Roy (1 episode)
- Todd Stashwick as Blake (1 episode)
- Steven Culp as Mr. Thompson (1 episode)
- Spencer Neville as Joey Cavanaugh (1 episode)
- Zach Tinker as Sam Duke (2 episodes)
- Mateo Gallegos as young Richard Ramirez (1 episode)
- Dreama Walker as Rita (1 episode)
- Mark Daugherty as Chan (1 episode)
- Tim Russ as David Chambers (1 episode)
- Richard Gunn as a chief deputy (1 episode)
- Nick Chinlund as a prison warden (1 episode)
- Tanya Clarke as Lorraine Richter (1 episode)
- Yvonne Zima as Red (1 episode)
- Eric Staves as Dustin (1 episode)
- Connor Cain as young Benjamin Richter (1 episode)
- Stefanie Black as Stacey Phillips (1 episode)
- Finn Wittrock as Bobby Richter[b] (1 episode)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|95||1||"Camp Redwood"||Bradley Buecker||Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk||September 18, 2019||9ATS01||2.13|
|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.|
|96||2||"Mr. Jingles"||John J. Gray||Tim Minear||September 25, 2019||9ATS02||1.49|
|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.|
|97||3||"Slashdance"||Mary Wigmore||James Wong||October 2, 2019||9ATS03||1.34|
|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.|
|98||4||"True Killers"||Jennifer Lynch||Jay Beattie||October 9, 2019||9ATS04||1.29|
|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 seemingly 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.|
|99||5||"Red Dawn"||Gwyneth Horder-Payton||Dan Dworkin||October 16, 2019||9ATS05||1.09|
|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.|
|100||6||"Episode 100"||Loni Peristere||Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk||October 23, 2019||9ATS06||1.35|
|One year after the events at Camp Redwood, Richter has grown weary of Ramirez's murderous tendencies and alerts the locals to his presence, giving Richter the chance to drive away alone and resulting in Ramirez's arrest. Four years later, the ghosts of Montana and Xavier, still trapped in purgatory on the campgrounds, kill anyone who trespasses, much to the frustration of Ray's ghost and the ghosts of the 1970 counselors. Meanwhile, Margaret has become a rich real estate mogul by renovating infamous murder locations alongside Trevor, who survived her murder attempt. The two entered into a contentious marriage amid Trevor's threat to expose the truth. Margaret chooses Camp Redwood as her next project, to the chagrin of Chet's ghost. A reformed Richter, now with a new name, Donald, and living a quiet life in Alaska with his new wife and son, learns of the project. He returns home one night to find his wife murdered by Ramirez, who broke out of prison with Satan's help. Richter gives his son away and leaves, intent on killing Ramirez. Brooke is seemingly executed for the Camp Redwood murders, but Donna, posing as the executioner, saves her.|
|101||7||"The Lady in White"||Liz Friedlander||John J. Gray||October 30, 2019||9ATS07||1.05|
|In 1948, a young Richter loses track of his younger brother Bobby, who is accidentally killed by a boat propeller. Richter's mother Lavinia blames him for the death. Back in 1989, Richter returns to Camp Redwood and encounters the counselors' ghosts, who lament that they are being terrorized by another unknown woman's ghost. Richter claims the ghost is Lavinia, who he was forced to kill in self-defense in 1948. Richter meets with her, and she reveals she manipulated Margaret into committing the 1970 murders to make Richter suffer for Bobby's death. Meanwhile, Donna takes Brooke to a skating rink to relax, where they meet a man named Bruce. After Bruce fixes their car, they agree to give him a ride, but they abandon him on the highway after he reveals he knows Donna and then kills a police officer. Bruce tracks them down and threatens to kill them, but they outsmart him and leave him for dead. As Margaret, Trevor, Ramirez, Brooke, and Donna converge on Camp Redwood, Ramirez murders several musicians from Margaret's music festival. Richter kills himself in order to return as a ghost and exact his revenge.|
|102||8||"Rest in Pieces"||Gwyneth Horder-Payton||Adam Penn||November 6, 2019||9ATS08||1.05|
|Shortly before Halloween, Bruce recovers and drives to Camp Redwood, interrupting a fight between Ramirez and Richter's ghost in the process. Ramirez enlists him to help eliminate Richter, eventually learning Richter is a ghost. Donna and Brooke are approached by Stacey Phillips, a tabloid writer who knows their identities, and they take her with them to Camp Redwood. Brooke promises to reveal the true story to Stacey, secretly planning to kill her, but Donna stops her and convinces her to focus on Margaret. Stacey flees, only to be killed by Bruce and Ramirez. Margaret reveals to Bruce and Ramirez her plan to murder the rest of the bands (except Billy Idol) at her festival. Trevor declares his love to Montana's ghost and plans to kill himself to join her, but she pushes him away, guilty about her relationship with Ramirez. The dead counselors, enraged at Richter's past murder spree, tie him up and refuse to allow him to escape to kill Ramirez. Bobby's ghost appears and drags Richter into the lake; he awakens next to Bobby and Lavinia, who convince him to stay with them.|
|103||9||"Final Girl"||John J. Gray||Crystal Liu||November 13, 2019||9ATS09||1.08|
|Thirty years later, Richter's now-adult son Bobby returns to a decrepit Camp Redwood looking for answers, having been sent checks from an unknown benefactor since childhood. He is met by Montana and Trevor, who explain that Richter disappeared after being dragged into the lake and never returned. They reveal what happened in 1989: To prevent further deaths, Trevor blocks traffic to the Camp Redwood entrance. Margaret shoots him off camp property and leaves him to die, but Brooke appears and helps him onto the grounds so he can return as a ghost. Trevor's ghost then attacks Bruce and kicks him off the grounds to die. The dead counselors determine that the only way to stop Ramirez is to kill him over and over, which they do for thirty years. Back in 2019, Ramirez awakens once again and attacks Bobby; Montana ushers Bobby off the grounds and directs him to the asylum. There he meets Donna, who further elaborates that in 1989, the ghosts brutally murdered Margaret, but not before Brooke seemingly died in a struggle with her. Donna and Bobby trace Bobby's money to a still-alive Brooke, who survived with Ray's help. Bobby again returns to Camp Redwood where Margaret's ghost repeatedly attempts to kill him, but he is saved by Richter, Lavinia, and the counselors. Bobby shares a tearful farewell with his family and departs.|
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. On April 10, 2019, series co-creator Ryan Murphy announced that the title of the season would be 1984. 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.
On June 24, 2019, FX announced that the season would premiere on September 18, 2019. The official trailer for the season was released on August 26, 2019. 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. Later that month, FX officially released the promo posters for the season, confirming the main cast's character names.
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 third season after Murder House and Hotel to reduce its original episode count.
On February 6, 2019, Murphy revealed that Emma Roberts and series newcomer Gus Kenworthy would star in the season. In July 2019, Angelica Ross announced that she would have a series regular role in the season. Later that month, 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. In October 2019, filming pictures confirmed that original cast member Dylan McDermott would appear in the season. Later that month, series veteran Lily Rabe confirmed via her Instagram account that she would appear in the seventh episode of the season. In November 2019, it was confirmed that Finn Wittrock would return for the season finale.
On April 2, 2019, series mainstay Evan Peters, who had starred in all eight previous seasons, announced he would not appear in this season. On May 23, 2019, Billy Eichner, who appeared in Cult and Apocalypse, stated that he would not be returning in the season. 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. However, in October 2019, Paulson herself confirmed that she would not appear in 1984 as originally planned.
On July 11, 2019, Murphy confirmed the season had begun filming.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave the season an 87% "certified fresh" approval rating, with an average rating of 3.9/5, based on 8 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads: "A near-perfect blend of slasher tropes and American Horror Story's trademark twists, 1984 is a bloody good time."
Awards and nominations
|2020||11th Dorian Awards||Campy TV Show of the Year||American Horror Story: 1984||Nominated|
|Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards 2020||Television and New Media Series: Best Period and/or Character Make-Up||Carleigh Herbert, Michael Mekash, Abby Clawson||Nominated|
|Television and New Media Series: Best Special Make-Up Effects||Michael Mekash, Vincent Van Dyke, Carleigh Herbert||Nominated|
|Television and New Media Series: Best Period and/or Character Hair Styling||Michelle Ceglia, Analyn Cruz, Taschi Lynell||Nominated|
|1||"Camp Redwood"||September 18, 2019||1.0||2.13||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|2||"Mr. Jingles"||September 25, 2019||0.7||1.49||1.1||2.42||1.8||3.92|
|3||"Slashdance"||October 2, 2019||0.6||1.34||1.0||2.09||1.6||3.44|
|4||"True Killers"||October 9, 2019||0.6||1.29||1.0||1.95||1.6||3.25|
|5||"Red Dawn"||October 16, 2019||0.5||1.09||0.9||1.87||1.4||2.96|
|6||"Episode 100"||October 23, 2019||0.6||1.35||0.9||1.90||1.5||3.26|
|7||"The Lady in White"||October 30, 2019||0.5||1.05||0.9||1.88||1.4||2.94|
|8||"Rest in Pieces"||November 6, 2019||0.5||1.05||0.8||1.76||1.3||2.81|
|9||"Final Girl"||November 13, 2019||0.5||1.08||1.0||1.97||1.5||3.06|
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