Let's Talk About That Cheetos Scene in American Horror Story: Cult

Tomas Mccoy
September 7, 2017

"The show is a political expert the way Doctor Frankenstein was a biology professor", Entertainment Weekly says of the obvious tension on Cult that reflects real nightmares, "but if we want to grasp the true meaning of our modern moment, we should maybe send a maniac to catch one". That's what this show is about.

"But I don't know what the magic bullet is about why people love watching this show".

During a press event earlier this year, Murphy revealed that Peters will also play a number of notorious cult leaders throughout season seven, including Charles Manson, David Koresh and Jim Jones.

American Horror Story returns to our screens this week, with season seven of the hit horror anthology series set to be the most controversial yet. The disturbing image could also be a reference to cult mentality, in which a charismatic leader can convince followers to commit murders or suicide willingly - with a smile on their face, as it were.

Newbies to the cast include Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner, Lena Dunham, Alison Pill, Colton Haynes, and Leslie Grossman. As she sobs on her living room floor, the group talk about how they can't believe Trump has been elected. But my fear is that Cult, with its murderous clowns and hysterical feminists, will simply confirm to Americans of all political stripes that the world has gone mad.

Below, I've included live stream links to watch via Fubo TV, FX and Amazon Video.

After Trump was announced president, Kai goes into a frenzy and becomes power-hungry, while Ally slowly gets eaten by her anxieties and phobias. Granted, the 2016 election is where her hysteria started, but the clown comic book was the accelerant.

"There's something about this sense of free-floating, general craziness and anxiety", said Murphy of the current state of America eliciting enough paranoia that, for the first time in the franchise, Cult will not feature any supernatural elements. Instead, it was more about trying to understand why people would vote for any one of the presidential candidates. This season seems to have planted roots in a terrifying social experiment started by a young, slovenly sociopath named Kai (Evan Peters), who seems to admire the fact that society may start to fall in line and hand over their rights because they're afraid. So far, the show doesn't reflect our anxieties so much as exploit them. Two main protagonists of the show, Ally and Kai were carried forward in the seventh season. They're sensitive lefties with a unusual marital setup and an even stranger hobby - Eichner's Harrison is a beekeeper, reminding us that hives of bees are cults of their own. "We're interested in his rise and how that happened". So, that's been very weird. She goes on, "Come on, you can't blame me!" While the co-stars have stepped into many roles over the course of the franchise - Paulson has played seven, with two of her characters making cameos on subsequent seasons, and Peters, six before Cult - the two had never been linked up romantically until Roanoke.

In this scene, it's evident that Ally has an uncanny ability to make everything, well, about herself. But he's really attacked it, as has Sarah. I've seen not just the premiere, but the first four episodes of Cult.

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