HOLLYWOOD—Ok, I have been a fan of the FX series “American Horror Story” since the first season that totally delivered one of the best haunted house thrill-rides that I can recall with twists galore America. Since then, we’ve had five additional seasons, and the madness is not over.
The latest installment in the franchise, “American Horror Story: Cult” might be the most twisted, enthralling narrative to date. For starters, it’s taking place in a climate that is quite controversial right now. To be honest, I think it’s a wise idea for the show’s creator, Ryan Murphy to do such a thing.
I mean, tackling the presidential election of 2016 between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is risky to say the least. However, when you throw in clowns, cults and just creepy characters it takes things to an entirely new level. There is a level of poignancy to this latest chapter that literally had me immersed from the start to the finish. We all know plenty of people were not happy with the turnout of the 2016 presidential election, and to see a series actually have the balls to tackle it in a twisted way is kind of interesting people.
The core of this season revolves around Ally (Sarah Paulson) and Ivy Mayfair-Richards (Alison Pill), who portray a lesbian couple whose lives start to unravel as a result of Ally’s phobias from the past coming back after Donald Trump is elected president. She has a major fear of clowns, which brings the return of Twisty the Clown who was a focal point of “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” The film “It” has a scary clown, but that Twisty, ugh, he sends shivers down my spine people.
Paulson does great work with the character, and even though we’re only on episode two, I can see Ally’s inner turmoil only spinning farther out of the realm of reality. It’s evident their son Oz (Cooper Dodson) is already suffering from night terrors, some which include clowns. Ally’s suffering from anxiety is massive; the idea of being alone terrifies her and results in her shooting one of her employees at her restaurant in a panic of fear. She also fears objects that appear in clusters or connected by a series of holes, and she gets treatment from her doctor who is portrayed by Cheyenne Jackson, but Ally is skeptical about taking her medicine.
I’m intrigued by the relationship between Kai (Evan Peters) and Winter (Billie Lourd) who happen to be siblings who have a sinister plan in place to utilize Trump’s victory to instill fear in Americans. So it becomes evident for the viewers as time moves along, a cult is at the core of the madness and the fact that the setting takes place in Michigan is another plus America, as that’s my place of birth. It’s no secret that Kai is a Trump fan, while Winter was obviously a Clinton fan having worked on her campaign, so it’s only evident a bet was made and one of the siblings has to pay a crazy price as a result.
There is also that evolving relationship between Ally and Ivy and their new neighbors Harrison (Billy Eichner) and Meadow Hilton (Leslie Grossman) who have just moved into a house where some horrible things transpired to the Changs who were killed during a murder-suicide. This leads the audience into the introduction of Detective Samuels portrayed by Colton Haynes. These neighbors are creepy and are definitely guarding quite a few secrets people. The audience soon discovers that Winter has ulterior motives for Oz, as she gets a flair out of playing on the kid’s fears. Especially her affinity to make him fearful of clowns by watching videos of clowns murdering people and Murphy is indeed tapping into a dark realm. I mean last year we had all that madness about clowns attacking people and stalking people and I think 2017 could see similar things as Halloween approaches.
I will admit after checking out on the series because of the boundary being pushed a bit too far during “American Horror Story: Hotel,” and the lackluster “American Story Roanoke,” “Cult” has found a way to deliver some interesting characters and a premise that makes you want to see how things will unfold. “American Horror Story: Cult” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.