“American Horror Story: Cult” episode one review


The logo for “American Horror Story: Cult” appears at the end of the show’s opening credits. “American Horror Story: Cult” was the seventh season of the anthology series.

Hannah Hill

The impending fall season brings pre-Halloween excitement, cooling weather and a new season of “American Horror Story”.

On Sept. 5, the highly-anticipated “American Horror Story: Cult” debuted on FX.

Leading up to the season’s premier, one of the show’s creators, Ryan Murphy, announced that the anthology series’ seventh season would have a political theme to it and would focus on the 2016 presidential election and the first episode titled, “Election Night” met that standard.

The episode opens with a satirical look at 2016 election night, showing the exaggerated reactions of Michigan residents Ally Mayfair-Richards (Sarah Paulson), a Hillary supporter who releases a painful scream and sobs once Donald Trump is announced president-elect, and Kai Anderson (Evan Peters), who screams in rejoice and celebrates at the same announcement. The rest of the episode showcases how the results of the election trigger Ally’s anxiety and threaten the relationship with her wife, Ivy (Alison Pill), and her son, Oz (Cooper Dodson), as well as Kai’s plan to push his agenda of instilling fear into others. Kai also utilizes his sister, Winter (Billie Lourd), to aid him in his plan by posing as a nanny for Oz.

Although the first episode brought the scares viewers expect from the show, such as Ally’s grocery store clown hallucinations, it also brought some unexpectedly humorous moments such as Kai covering his face in cheese puffs to emulate Donald Trump.

Another anticipated aspect of this season was the return of Twisty, a killer clown who was originally featured in season four of the show titled “American Horror Story: Freak Show”. Twisty is featured as a comic book character who seems to inspire a clown-like cult to form and begin to wreak havoc around Michigan.

While it’s still too early to tell how the rest of the season will play out, the first episode “American Horror Story: Cult” delivered enough scares and mystery to have viewers return for upcoming episodes.