Critical Condition: American Horror Story: 1984

American Horror Story: 1984 | SoHo2, 8.30 Saturday

☆☆☆☆ “The ninth instalment of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s gory franchise takes a familiar ensemble to summer camp for some stabby fun … Some bloody delights, but mostly running on nostalgic fumes.” — The Hollywood Reporter.

☆☆☆AHS: 1984’s tone is so much brighter, lighter, and stylised than previous seasons of American Horror Story (God, the opening credits this year are amazingly on point) that this almost feels like a stealth season three of Scream Queens.” — Bloody Disgusting.

☆☆☆☆ “It seems very possible that Ryan Murphy appropriated the writing budget for this episode and spent it all on thong leotards, shimmer stockings, and sleeveless polyester turtlenecks – because the story makes no sense, but lord, the cast looks fabulous.” — Entertainment Weekly.

☆☆☆☆ “This season is off to a capable, if predictable, start. But there’s plenty of room for this season to grow into something more fascinating.” — Vanity Fair.

☆☆☆☆ Enjoyable absurdity pretty much describes this first chapter of AHS84, an episode that neatly sets up the ’80s genre conventions even if it doesn’t do much beyond mimic them. Whatever twists, spins and eccentricities Murphy has in store for his unhappy campers wasn’t much in evidence, but summer’s just beginning.” — Deadline.

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