AHS: 1984 predictions: Survivor, killer, and Night Stalker

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AHS: 1984
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1984 — Pictured: John Carroll Lynch as Mr. Jingles/Benjamin Richter. CR: Kurt Iswarienko FX /

The ninth season of American Horror Story is a homage to slasher films complete with a group of unsuspecting teens and a masked killer.

American Horror Story: 1984 premiered Wednesday night and finally gave us a season to look forward too. Not that the other seasons weren’t good, but 1984 shares the same comforting horror thrills that Murder House had, but that might just be the nostalgia talking. The season’s theme is a homage to slasher films with references to horror classics like Halloween, Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

The season starts out with a group of teens that plan on becoming camp counselors at Camp Redwood for the summer. Xavier (Cody Fern), Montana (Billie Lourd), Chet (Gus Kenworthy), Ray (DeRon Horton) and Brooke (Emma Roberts). When they get to the camp though, they learn its dark history, including the story of Mr. Jingles, a Vietnam veteran who slaughtered nine counselors at the camp 14 years earlier.

Slasher movies, maybe not so much anymore, usually have the same generic group of kids; the jock, the sexy girl, a comic relief, at least one pretentious a**hole and then, of course, the virgin. Sometimes there’s a love interest for the virgin that dies at the last minute, so add them to the group and you get at least six kids plus one killer.

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AHS: 1984 conveniently has five teens and an older extra guy named Trevor (Matthew Morrison), raising the number to six. Perfect for a slasher.

Who will survive?

It’s unlikely the series will follow every “rule” of a slasher movie. If anyone remembers Randy from Scream than they’ll know that following the rules can either complicate things or make them predictable. There’ll definitely be some twists and turns, but it’s still a good guess that Brooke (Roberts) will be one of the final survivors.

With Jessica Lange and Even Peters sitting out, and Sarah Paulson appearing as a guest star, Roberts is the AHS alumni this season. This already gives her a strong case for surviving until the end, but she’s also the virgin, a solid method of defense in 80s slashers. Another character to likely survive until the finale is Montana (Lourd). In the past, sexually active women were usually the first to die in horror films but with the changing times, and Lourd’s rising star power, that might change.