American Horror Story: Camp Redwood
September 19, 2019 5:50 PM - Season 9, Episode 1 - Subscribe

1984. A group of LA residents leave town to take summer jobs as counselors at Camp Redwood, apparently without ever having watched a Friday the 13th movie.
posted by kittens for breakfast (7 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This first episode was very much a love letter to early 80's slasher movies. I like how in this, vs say any of the Friday the 13th movies, we get to know our character/victims a bit more instead of just having a group of semi-anonymous archetypes. Though given how fast everything moved in this first episode I wonder how they plan to sustain the plot for an entire season.
posted by Captain_Science at 6:57 AM on September 20, 2019

Eeeeeeeeeee!!!!! Ryan Murphy heard my nightly prayers for Scream Queens season 3!!!!!!!

I can’t imagine this is anything more than a framing device for the real plot which hasn’t even been hinted at yet, but I’m gonna enjoy it while it lasts.
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 8:38 AM on September 20, 2019 [1 favorite]

American Horror Story: Given How Fast Everything Moved in This Episode I Wonder How They Plan to Sustain the Plot for an Entire Season.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:26 AM on September 20, 2019 [5 favorites]

I bet this is all the fever dream of an post-nuclear apocalyptic insane asylum witch/alien who is the prisoner of the ghost of a contortionist devil-nun in a travelling circus wagon on their way to a murderous hillbilly Trump rally/blood orgy.
posted by ian1977 at 12:47 PM on September 20, 2019 [9 favorites]

Never seen Friday the 13th or really many slasher films at all, though I can see the references. Mostly it's just nice for a new season, one I can actually watch. The Hive season was just too close to home, too anxiety inducing. Even finishing it off by just reading the wikipedia synopsis for episodes was too horrifying for me.

This, though is different. Partly because I've never been to a summer camp, didn't know kids who did, and growing up as far as I could tell, not counting rich people, summer camps weren't really a thing outside of TV shows, movies, and cartoons. Excited to find out what the season is reeeeally about.
posted by GoblinHoney at 2:45 PM on September 20, 2019 [2 favorites]

This is SO Scream Queens season 3! It's funny that Emma Roberts is actually playing a traditional scream queen/final girl in this, even though I do feel like it's a slight waste of her talents: she doesn't have any jokes! Not since Chris Hemsworth has an actor been so unfairly granted both beauty and incredible comic timing.

I feel like this is probably another fakeout like Apocalypse (and, in a way, Roanoke), although I'd almost like to see the whole season stay this light and tropey. The bits we saw of the Olympics on TV, and in particular the clip of Reagan in the main titles, have me thinking there's a deeper sociological thing lying in wait for us, though. Even Leslie Grossman's character, who seems like the kind of one-note prude that appeared in the Porky's movies and similar '80s cinematic ventures, hints at a deep vein of social conservatism that was very much a thing. It's one thing to pay homage to the slasher films of the '80s, but a lot of Murphy and Falchuk's favorite themes are ripe for exploration in a story set in this era...
posted by kittens for breakfast at 4:06 PM on September 20, 2019 [1 favorite]

Leslie Grossman is a comedic character actor extraordinaire and if the whole world can't see that, at least Ryan Murphy does.

She's the comedic gold in his first series Popular as Mary Cherry. (Bonus: her Mom is played by Delta Burke!)
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:11 PM on September 20, 2019 [1 favorite]

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