American Horror Story 1984 Review: ‘Mr. Jingles’

The gore, twists and ’80s camp continue to flow wildly in the second episode of American Horror Story: 1984.

Related – American Horror Story 1984 Review: ‘Camp Redwood’

Brooke is trying to tell everyone that Mr. Jingles is on the campgrounds, by to no avail. Additionally, Dr. Hopple has arrived at Camp Redwood to inform Margaret that Jingles has escaped and demands her to close the camp. However, Margaret refuses to “live in fear” and decides not to close the camp. This part felt very Jaws, in comparing Margaret to Murray Hamilton’s Vaughn character who refused to close the beach during the Independence Day holiday.

Things don’t fair very well for Hopple as she falls victim to Mr. Jingles’ rage.

Additionally, a little insight was given for a couple of Camp Redwood’s counselors. Brooke confessed to Montana that her surviving The Night Stalker’s attack wasn’t the most traumatizing event in her life. She revealed that on her wedding day, her husband-to-be accused her of having an affair with the best man—and then pulled out a gun and killed the best man, her father, and himself. She also revealed that she is still a virgin, a classic staple in the slasher genre.

Meanwhile, Xavier was confronted by his sugar daddy Blake, the man who got him off drugs but forced him to do gay porn in return. Trying to get Blake off his back, Xavier informs him of the potential “talent” at the camp now. As Blake takes a peek at the other guys in the outdoor shower, he ends ups with a knife through his head by Mr. Jingles… or was it?

Later on, Brooke finds out first hand that The Night Stalker— real name being Richard Ramirez—is also on the campgrounds. After losing track of her, he finds his way into Margaret’s cabin. In what should be a battle between the ultra-Christian and the devil worshiper, the two instead find common ground and Margaret empowers Ramirez to continue what he’s doing, but not at the camp.

Moreover—in true AHS fashion—there’s the added twist that Camp Redwood may be haunted with the souls of past victims, who believe they are still alive. Hence, there’s much more to come in this year’s slasher installment.

AHS: 1984 airs Wednesday nights on FX, and is available for streaming on the FX Now app.

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