The seventh season of American Horror Story has premiered with what could be one of the most interesting themes in the anthology series yet.
Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the seventh season of AHS (American Horror Story) is entitled Cult. Starring AHS alums Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters the series kicks off on November eighth – otherwise known as election night in America. As the opening scenes cut between real-life footage of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump the characters themselves have significantly contrasting reactions to the election result.
While Sarah Paulson’s Ally is thrust into a state of disbelief and anguish, at the result, Evan Peters’ blue-haired Kai crudely celebrates his newfound ‘freedom’,which he follows with him emulating Trump’s orange visage and much talked about hairstyle.
From these two contrasting reactions it’s apparent that at least some of the narrative in season seven will be focused on the strain between Trump and Clinton supporters or Trump and anti-Trump supporters if you will.
Back to Ally whose coulrophobia, a fear of clowns, is triggered by her son’s comic book, which features none other than Season Four Freak Show’s Twisty. But this isn’t Ally’s only phobia though as confined spaces and blood particles, amongst others, begin to affect her relationship with her wife Ivy, played by Alison Pill. In fact, Ally’s coulrophobia begins to manifest, specifically in a grocery store, is a truly disturbing manner. While Ally believes that several clowns, which she encounters in the store and her car, are trying to murder her the viewer is left unsure if they are a figment of her imagination or not.
Ally’s creepy clown encounter is further put into question when clowns according to their ten-year-old son, Ozzie, murder the couple that lives across the street. However, the new baby-sitter Winter, played by Billie Lourd, makes him look inside the house and witness the murders. She later denies it all saying that Ozzie is an “imaginative boy”. The crime is soon after ruled a murder-suicide.
From the first episode of Season Seven it’s apparent that the narrative will include several references to the election and perhaps even the current climate and mentality in America. What’s more, from this premiere it’s also evident that American Horror Story will not be short on blood, guts, and terror by any means.
Watch the Season Seven trailer of American Horror Story Cult here: