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An ode to the slasher, "Camp Redwood" settles in to its classic 80s backdrop with a stellar cast, leaving the door open for an ambitious season.
One of the big elements that makes "American Horror Story" interesting is that each season tends to contain some kind of major, game-changing twist.
Boy did it deliver.
With supposedly intelligent characters on the run from serial killers actively making dumb choices like going for solo nighttime strolls in the woods, the stakes just don't feel real.
The period-specific garb, music, language, cultural references, and even lighting are perhaps the most noteworthy (and deliciously entertaining) facets of the new season.
I'm stoked for next week's entry and am happy with this tremendous start to what could be my favorite season of American Horror Story.
What makes 1984 great, right out of the starting gate, is that showrunners Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk know that no decade has ever married horror and camp more effectively than the 1980s.
Despite obvious inspiration from movies like Friday the 13th and Halloween, this season feels fresh for AHS.
The plot is thin, the colors are bright, but the characters and key performances do an incredible job of keeping things just fresh enough to not dismiss this as another addition to an already over-bloated '80s nostalgia trend.
It has everything you could possibly expect from a 1980s iteration of the hit anthology series: Vintage hairdos, biting dialogue, tight clothing - and, duh, a murderous slasher set to ravage the staff at a summer camp outside of Los Angeles.
So far, this season of "Horror Story" feels like it is set up to have a great "And Then There Were None" or "Harper's Island" vibe to it - the elements of "who is going to die and when" is a really fun part of the mysteriousness of the story.
Matthew Morrison was a fun surprise as Trevor Kirchner, the camp's activity director with an insanely big... plan for fun summer activities.
If you watch American Horror Story online, you know the first few episodes of any AHS season are usually not indicative of how they'll eventually play out, but for fans of slasher flicks, this was an honest and entertaining start.