'American Horror Story: Cult' exploits political divide

07 September, 2017, 02:02 | Author: Gary Shelton
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American Horror Story is back for a seventh season, and it's as satirically subtle as a blue-haired character smearing orange Cheeto dust on their face to celebrate Donald Trump winning the presidency. And the romance drama "Like Crazy" arrives on Netflix.

Admittedly, the premise of American Horror Story: Cult is more than a little intriguing.

Creator Ryan Murphy has teased that this season of the FX series would center on the 2016 election. With a newly elected one in the White House, a horde of murderous clowns freely terrorize a divided MI suburb including the anxiety ridden Ally Mayfair-Richards (the unrivaled Sarah Paulson - who easily tops her iconic Lana Winters performance in her best role yet), wife Ivy (Alison Pill), and son Oz.

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In another part of their suburban MI town, a blue-haired miscreant named Kai Anderson (Evan Peters) has a polar opposite reaction to the election results, declaring that the revolution has begun while chanting "USA!" As soon as one of Ally's fears are triggered - she also suffers from trypophobia, fear of small holes, and hemophobia, a fear of blood - the clowns just APPEAR. "While Ms. Paulson and Mr. Peters commit to their characters' belief in their own derangements", James Poniewozik wrote in The New York Times, "'Cult' ends up rendering all political sides as caricatures".

The cast members returning include Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, Adina Porter and Cheyenne Jackson.

As viewers try to figure out what she's talking about, Ally pulls Ivy aside and they stop walking. Upon realizing that they are in the actual presence of the real Twisty, the guy takes out his gun and shoots the clown several times.

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Despite assumptions that AHS would only feature a single point of view this season, it's quickly revealed that there's a major divide between the residents of the small town in MI where Cult takes place. She (Clinton) didn't campaign enough in the battleground states!

Some of the more obsessed fans have zoomed in on pictures of the chairs on set and think one might have Cher written on. Initially, it was believed that there would be characters playing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. And yes, the house still has the balcony above the front door, which serial killer Michael Myers flew off of after being shot by Dr. Loomis at the end of the movie.

Sometimes she is told in advance how the narrative will unfold, but "there have been times I've been told exactly what it's going to be, then I get the script and it's, like, 'This is not what you said at all'". Like so many liberals last November, Ally cupped her mouth in horror as she tried to make sense of the blow that the country's voting public dealt to her worldview. More than just the film itself (after all, once on home video I don't think any of them have watched it again), experiencing the film along with people who actually acted scared because a pack of morons got lost in the woods was unendingly entertaining. It's too early to confirm but we can already assume she's attempting to isolate Ally from her family on Kai's orders. But, the bigger question remains: Did he see them? With some seasons, it happens more than others.

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However, Ally is not the only one who sees these clowns. Granted, the 2016 election is where her hysteria started, but the clown comic book was the accelerant. They're sensitive lefties with a odd marital setup and an even stranger hobby - Eichner's Harrison is a beekeeper, reminding us that hives of bees are cults of their own. "This is what's been proven to work the best for specific phobias and it works really well", Austern says.

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