During a recent press event attended by The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy explained how no matter who people voted for, everyone can relate to the feeling of experiencing the 2016 election night. But after everything the United States citizens have endured in the last presidential election, should we be finding politics in our horror this soon?
In the new animated clip that was posted on social media to promote the latest installment “American Horror Story: Cult”, a woman is trapped in a room of some sort and the only way out is through one exit. No subtext about it – this time the horror is the president. They come for the camp and the grotesque, and that’s exactly what Cult delivers.
Cult kicks off in a quiet MI neighborhood on election night 2016, as the news that reality television star Donald Trump would become the 45th President of the United States of America. “Merrick Garland! What’s going to happen to Merrick Garland?!” He’s also missing a hand, which is notable but not immediately important.
They’re launching you straight into Anywhere, USA from the get-go this time.
“I’m a character actor, and I really like to do stuff that’s kind of out there and edgy, and I don’t want to be seen as anything when I’m acting”, says Bono of not taking transgender roles specifically. At least we can all agree that masturbating clowns are creepy.
A horror series based on Trump could go either way.
Despite his mother Ally’s coulrophobia (fear of clowns), Winter strokes Oz’s morbid fascination with the grotesque Twisty (the unforgettable clown from season 4: Freak Show) comics. And usually they’re like, masturbating or trying to attack her with a knife.
The blue haired man, whom we later find out is Kai Anderson (Evan Peters) is elated when it’s announced that Donald Trump has won the presidency. Using this, along with Ally’s son’s fascination with Twisty and her refueled coulrophobia, the show brings clowns back in a big way – sprinkling a bit of that viral “clowns in the woods” phenomenon from previous year into the mix. Her increasing desperation leads her down a path of extremism that she so recently deplored in others. When she finally escapes, Ally crashes her vehicle after seeing a clown in her back seat.
Cult premiered on FX Tuesday night, and so far things are, well… confusing (read our review here), but we’re intrigued to see how this all plays out. At the same time, the show gives a compelling, visionary shape to the monstrous aspect of American discourse in 2017 – a literal manifestation of the bubbling, roiling evils of racism, homophobia, xenophobia and hate.
Count on auteur Ryan Murphy to splash fuel onto the fire, in more ways than one, as the seventh season of his Emmy-winning horror juggernaut takes on politics and unleashes an army of killer clowns that make “It’s” Pennywise look like, well, Bozo.
Curious which seasons have better credits than episodes and vice versa?
Asked if he has taken her into his confidence, the actress quips: “He’s definitely done that – it just hasn’t been about the show”.
She also scooped up the Best Actress in a Miniseries Emmy and Golden Globe for her moving portrayal of prosecutor Marcia Clark in The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the acclaimed biopic Murphy directed past year. Ally moans. “Oh my God, how could they have been so wrong about this?!”