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‘American Horror Stories’ Recap: A ‘Drive In’ of Horrors

SPOILER WARNING: Don’t read if you haven’t seen it”American Horror Story“Season 1, Episode 3, “Drive In”, is currently streaming on FX on Hulu.

After a fun and scary two part premiere took viewers back to “American Horror Story”‘s “Murder House” from the first season, “American Horror Stories” went in a different direction for Episode 3, “Drive In.”

The action still takes place in Los Angeles, starting things off with a few teenagers fooling around while Bob Ross paints happy little trees in the background on the TV. The guy, Chad (Rhenzy Feliz), thinks they should be “normal” and have sex since they’ve been together for six months, while the girl, Kelly (Madison Bailey), isn’t ready. When Chad threw her previous relationship in the face, Kelly rushed forward and he lamented that he was going to die a virgin. Well, knowing this show… it’s possible!

The next day, Chad’s friend Quinn (Kyle Red Silverstein) asks him to take Kelly to a scary movie out of fear that it will turn her into “a ready-to-go oyster”, which – look for it. some better friends, Chad. But Chad, clearly a “Scream” fan, showed his disdain for horror with the meta comment, “Horror movies suck now. They can be low-rent stuff to fill a streaming menu or fake crap that puts you to sleep. What is left? “

But, as in real life (in large part due to the pandemic here), it turns out that manned movie theaters are returning and a local cinema is showing a “cursed” movie named was “Rabbit Rabbit”, it was a one-time show because, at the 1986 screening, the audience went wild and started attacking each other. Six people were dead by the time the film ended. Director, Larry Bitterman (John Carroll Lynch), was eventually dragged before Congress – including Tipper Gore herself (Amy Grabow) – and all prints of the film were destroyed. Or so they think.

Tipper Gore’s “guest” is a good touch because in the 1980s she famously advocated for artists to be more transparent about the content of their music if it wasn’t appropriate for children. The fact that she baked a horror film director about his movie was right in the brand. When Gore informed Bitterman that the studio had agreed to destroy all copies of “Rabbit Rabbit”, he stood up and strangled her, thereby proving her point.

The video evidence was enough to convince Chad to buy tickets to the movie “Rabbit Rabbit” for herself and Kelly, while Kelly’s friend Dee (Ben J. Pierce) advised her not to “fear the cock” and just hang out with Chad. . That would be very, very good advice.

In the driveway, a woman (Naomi Grossman), who claims to have been at the original screening, is protesting the screening, shouting at the cars that they will die if they watch the movie. Meanwhile, the owner, Verna (Adrienne Barbeau), is worried because no one has actually delivered the print of the film.

When the director finally showed up with it, protesters shouted at Chad to kill the film by throwing the fuse box. She testified that at the initial screening before her boyfriend was killed in a frenzy, he ripped off her eyeball with his teeth and swallowed it whole. Uh.

But the movie begins and predictably, all hell breaks loose from the moment you drive in. As they watched, the moviegoers’ eyes turned bloodshot, then the pupils dilated to complete black and veins emerged along their necks and across their faces. Protesters tried to stop the film, but the owner of the drive attacked her with a pair of scissors. Suddenly, the whole estate goes into chaos, as people start attacking each other, and Chad and Kelly try to drive away. They were safe from the movie because they were too busy to find out that they hadn’t watched any of the shows.

Chad’s friend Milo (Leonardo Cecchi) is hooking up with Dee, Kelly’s friend is… not as lucky, and Kelly has to run the zombie-Dee down as they try to escape. But he kept her unable to see where she was going, so they crashed into the franchise stands and had to take shelter in the screening booth with the corpses of the owners’ victims when a mob of Angry zombie-like creatures beat. outside door.

Chad is almost sucked into turning into zombies himself in this movie, getting caught up in the movie and the bloody chaos below, but the owner who attacks Kelly kicks him out of it and he kills him. the owner in a violent rage, then turned off the film.

In the morning, Chad wanted to call the police, but Kelly said no – the police would question them all day and they had to stop the second screening before more people died. Kelly finds a shotgun, which she happily says she can use because her dad is a Marine so it has nothing to do with anything. But they landed, armed with a shotgun and scissors that Chad removed from the protesters’ eye sockets – something Chad immediately had to use on his zombie-friend Quinn.

Kelly and Chad manage to find Bitterman at his trailer, who is reveling in carnage on the news. Kelly requested another print, and Bitterman insisted there were no other prints. But he’s glad to hear that “everyone” watching was affected because his experiment was a success – it turned out he was the second assistant cutter on “The Exorcist” and took the title of the series. that movie took it to the next level for “Rabbit Rabbit”.

The show reruns Bitterman visiting his editor after she watches “Rabbit Rabbit” – he sees her cut her own fingers and she’s hospitalized. He claimed it was a combination of overwork and drug use and managed to run a screening of “Rabbit Rabbit” at an area theater before Tipper Gore destroyed all prints. and Bitterman served 15 years for assaulting her.

Kelly and Chad were understandably disgusted with Bitterman, so Kelly shot him in the head in the knee so he could tell them where the other clone was. They lit a fire on the stove and left him there to die.

“You think this is the end of the movie?” he screamed as the trailer caught fire. “This is only Act I!”

Kelly and Chad walk out of the burning trailer like they’re heroes from a Quentin Tarantino movie and then they go home and have sex. But of course, Bitterman’s dying statement proved true to the world in the show. After all, he has a Rolls Royce parked in front of that trailer – indicating he’s made some money lately. As Kelly and Chad were having sex, the camera again panned to the screen they were on in the background, only this time to Netflix, where “Rabbit Rabbit” appeared as a new release. Outside their windows, explosions began throughout the city.

(That it’s streaming massive Netflix makes sense for the story in its global reach, but given that’s also where “American Horror Stories” Ryan Murphy has his overall deal, instead of where this show is streaming, there’s a little extra.)

This episode doesn’t revisit any part of “American Horror Story,” although Lynch and Grossman are certainly familiar faces in the Ryan Murphy story. Instead, “Drive In” provided a really fun, scary beat in the middle of the episode… and that’s about it. It leaves things slightly open-ended in the same way that the two premieres did. We don’t really know what Scarlett (Sierra McCormick) will be from that story, neither in the present as she ventures out into the world without her dead love, nor in the past: There is a The eerie detail in Episode 1 about Scarlett being kidnapped as a child and what really happened there is never seen again.

Is it possible that at the end of the season, all the seemingly independent episodes of “American Horror Stories” will tie together? Amazon Prime Video’s “Modern Love” did just that in its Season 1 finale, but admittedly an anthology of romance and an anthology of horror are very different things.

“American Horror Stories” releases new episodes every Thursday on FX on Hulu.

https://variety.com/2021/tv/recaps/american-horror-stories-episode-3-recap-drive-in-1235025554/ | ‘American Horror Stories’ Recap: A ‘Drive In’ of Horrors

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