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Review: American Horror Story: Cult

American Horror Story is on showing on FX.
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Watcher warning: American Horror Story is rated TV-MA and deals with adult themes and may not be suitable for younger viewers.

This review won’t tackle themes like politics and on what spectrum you may fall, it will only deal with politics as they are presented in the show. It’s American Horror Story! They try to sit on as many buttons as they can all at the same time!

The anthology series starts off its seventh season with stable full of our favorite actors, but reassembled in all new roles. Returning are: Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Cheyenne Jackson, Adina Porter, Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, Emma Roberts, Chaz Bono, James Morosini, and John Carroll Lynch. Joining them are: Billie Lourd, Alison Pill, Billy Eichner, Lena Dunham and Leslie Grossman. Fear and phobias seems to be the main theme this season, their teasers playing off those themes and even setting off several peoples. Coulrophobia (fear of clowns), and trypophobia (fear of holes) are the two biggest ones pointed out so far, but also the general fear and perception of fear since the American Election.

The series opens election night 2016 and makes use of various news broadcasts to set the tone of the three distinct viewpoints we are being set up with. Couple Ally (Sarah Paulson) and Ivy (Alison Pill) are viewing with friends, the Changs, supporting Democratic candidate. In distinct contrast is Kia (Evan Peters), a young man with blue hair and a supporter of the Republican candidate. As the night wears on, the group have diametrically opposite reactions to the night’s election results. We are then introduced to a third point of view in the form of Winter (Billie Lourd), Kia’s sister and a 20-something millennial, who dropped out of college to work for Democratic campaign. Distraught, Winter’s friends are worried she may be suicidal and wishing to “self harm” as a result of the election, and in her opinion, the lack of a “trigger warning” to the results.

We are presented with three points of views of the night that are almost cartoons or tropes of the reaction to the results. Kia-far right libertarian to the point of anarchist, Ally-liberal now  being overwhelmed by fears triggering long buried phobias crippling her feeling of self-worth and relationships with family, and Winter-millennia now suicidal and lost in what to do next that what she wanted didn’t happen.

Now, to add into this mix of already highly charged emotions–killer clowns.

Or is it?

In wonderful American Horror Story style, we are introduced to a good mix of fiction, fact, and what the heck?

Playing off Ally’s full blown coulrophobia, introduced with a wonderful scene of the ever terrifying Twisty the Clown from “Freak Show”. We find out just how debilitating Ally’s fear is when she finds her son’s comic book and it sets off a full blown panic attack. Then she starts to hallucinate them, first in the grocery store (or did she?) and then again in her wife’s restaurant (or did she?) and then her son sees them (0r did he?) on their street.

In their reality twisting best, American Horror Story gets us off to a running start, or did it?

Are we still just watching a crazy woman lose her mind?

Maybe we’ll find out next week or will we just go farther down the rabbit hole?

And if we do go down the rabbit hole, is it a bad thing?


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