Title: American Horror Story
Season: 7 (Cult)
Rating: 4.5 stars
We lived in the Murder House. We escaped the Asylum. We protected the Coven. We attended the Freak Show. We checked into the Hotel. We survived the Roanoke Nightmare and we joined the Cult.
Many paranormal and weird stuff has passed in all the seasons from American Horror Story. Cult was the first season where the viewer didn’t experience paranormal activities. Instead we got one of the most freakiest cult’s that ever existed on-screen. Season seven is about Kai the leader of a cult who tries to gain power in his neighbourhood and outside. He’s a man with a clear political opinion which is immediately shown in the first episode where the episode starts with the election night for president of the United States. The main focus of the cult is to sow fear and terror. Throughout the season more underlying motives and opinions become clear as more people join the cult or get killed by it. In the same neighbourhood where Kai lives we find Ally, her wife Ivy and their son Oz. Ally suffers from anxiety as well as several crippling fears, such as coulrophobia, hemophobia, and trypophobia. Her fear of clowns is specifically in the first five episodes a big issue because Kai’s cult goes dressed in the night as clowns when they terrorize the houses and people. There is way much more to be told but as a short introductions this covers it.
First I want to talk about clowns. American Horror Story has a certain aura that is undeniably original and something that only Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk can create. It’s haunting, thrilling, exciting and dramatic. They kind of lost that a little in the sixth season but Cult has everything I missed in the previous one. That first episode when those clowns appear, I was frightened. The thing is, they didn’t do much. You saw freaking masks and clowns that stepped out of a car and look at you. They kept looking and that was one of the most haunting parts in American Horror Story to me. So, they got me hooked from the first episode and it didn’t fade. And Twisty, the clown from Freak Show makes an appearance.
The seventh season introduces many new actors. American Horror Story always has a bunch of new actors who portray a different role, but most of the times you find the same talent every season. Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy are established names. Apart from them we had Billie Lourd, Alison Pill, Billy Eichner, Colton Haynes and many more as newcomers who all did an oustanding job portraying their role. That’s the amazing thing about an anthology series. You can change as many actors as you want. Every season is different. My new favorite was Billie Lourd’s character, Winter. Winter is the sister of cult leader Kai Anderson, who loves her brother deeply but also knows what he’s capable of. She has another political opinion about life in general, but the twisted relationship Winter and Kai have, bring an interesting and important touch to the story. I love Billie Lourd’s way of acting and found her extremely likeable in Scream Queens as Chanel #3.
Cult is more than terror and politics. Of course those are big words when it comes to a cult. History has proven that and the seventh season gives more insight in the history of a few of America’s greatest cult leaders such as Charles Manson who serves a great example for Kai Anderson. But this season shows how relevant all these ideas of cult leaders are today. Not only Charles Manson but also Marshall Applewhite, David Koresh, Jim Jones and Valerie Solanos who is known for her attempted murder on Andy Warhol and a radical feminist. It’s those people who show how impressionable we all can be. What impact ideas of great leaders have on us and how easily we forget who we really are or maybe forget what we refuse to see in ourselves. That’s all what Cult is about only the creators might have made this more horrifying.
The politics, the phobia’s, the clowns, the cast, the story,… Everything is well executed and to me this was one of the best seasons in American Horror Story history. It’s probably not for everyone but I would, of course, recommend this season. I always recommend American Horror Story because of the depth in its characters.
Thank you for reading and please leave a comment if you want to share your thoughts about this season.