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Review: American Horror Story 1984 – “Final Girl”

The year is 2019. Transported via Prius, a lone traveler is dropped off where the road ends and hikes past the private property sign. Eventually, he makes his way to the deserted Camp Redwood, where there are only the ruins of the 1989 concert. Confused by the surroundings, the young man is confronted by Montana. After a chat over what year it is and how no one has set foot on the grounds since ’89–and the outside world abandoning it–Montana warns that he needs to leave; that it’s dangerous for him to be there. The man says he can’t leave because he’s looking for his father. He reveals his name to be Bobby Richter, the son of Mr. Jingles.

After revealing that she, as well as Trevor, are ghosts, Montana explains what happened back in 1989.

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Trevor was murdered by Margaret as he tried to avert people from attending the concert. With the help of Brooke, Trevor was dragged back onto the camp property so that he could be with Montana for eternity. Then, they explained that to honor Mr. Jingles, who vowed to murder Richard Ramirez for his crimes, the spirits of Camp Redwood killed Ramirez and have kept a thirty-year watch over him to assure he is quickly killed the second he resurrects. A continued watch to protect Bobby from the Satanic, murderous rage of Ramirez. But while Montana and Trevor warn Bobby that he must leave, Bobby demands to remain on the property to find his father.

This, of course, leads to Ramirez finding a way to free himself and attack Bobby. However, after surviving a few stabs, Bobby is saved by the spirits, who are able to hold off Ramirez long enough for Bobby to follow Montana’s demands: go to Red Meadows Asylum and find the answers there.

When orderlies at Red Meadows confuse him with a patient, Bobby struggles with them and shouts out who he is–and Donna is there in time to hear this. Upon sitting him down, Donna explains what happened in ’89. How Brooke, Donna, and the spirits attempted to kill Margaret. While Brooke was shot in a melee with Margaret, the others were able to grab her, cut her into pieces, threw her body into a wood chipper, and shot the remains over the property line–assuring that Margaret will not be reborn in Camp Redwood. However, unaware of who has been sending Bobby checks and financial support all these years since, Donna decides to assist Bobby in uncovering the mystery.

After locating the routing number to a specific area, Donna is shocked to discover that Brooke is still alive. Married with kids, Brooke explains to Donna and Bobby that on that night she was shot, while the others were killing Margaret, Ray stopped her bleeding, carried her to the border of the campgrounds, and she remained there until help arrived. After that night, she quietly went on to live her life in happiness. She explained that she was inspired by Mr. Jingles’ attempt at starting a new life, and chose to honor him by sending money to Bobby in hopes of helping him. Yet, even with those answers, Bobby feels the need to return to Camp Redwood, due to a feeling he had when he was there.

Back on the campgrounds, Bobby is attacked by Margaret (who died just one second before hitting the wood chipper), enraged with jealousy because she feels she must be the “final girl.” Yet, her attempt is thwarted by Jingles (who shares a tender moment with his son) and then again by Jingles’ mother (who compares Bobby to her youngest son). Surrounded by the spirits, Margaret is properly handled once again. Montana tells Bobby to leave and never come back, but to also never forget them and tell their ghost stories to others.

With Mike & The Mechanics hit The Living Years playing, Bobby crosses the Camp Redwood sign and takes a look back, just in time to say goodbye to his deceased family standing below the sign. With watery eyes, Bobby smiles and the screen cuts to black with The Living Years continue to play. Thus ends a season that was a perfect homage to all things Slasher genre and ’80s nostalgia.

American Horror Story 1984 is available for streaming on the FX Now app.

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