When American Horror Story first hit our screens, the world was both perplexed and petrified at FX’s “Murder House” season. Suspense filled, horror drenched and a truly different experience when watching a TV series, not a full-length movie, it was an instant hit on screens everywhere.
The terror packed show came back again and again, with different themes such as Asylum, Coven and Freak show. The programme petrified with different storylines, obscure paranormal tales and scary supernatural happenings but with reappearing actors.
Its uniqueness seemed unstoppable. However, critics were harsh on season 5, which was set in a hotel with the loss of Jessica Lange (despite Lady Gaga winning a golden globe for her role) and many die-hard fans couldn’t get to grips with one of the best lead actresses to date.
Then season 7, American Horror Story Cult, crashed onto our screens at the beginning of September, and it’s arguable one of the scariest yet.
As all AHS do, it delivers blood baths, gore galore, fan favourites and a twisted theme.
Evan Peters plays a deluded and deranged young man, with a crazed intent to scare the world into doing what he wants and says after president Trump gets elected. He stalks and harasses his prey, while recruiting others to following him and his vision, while leaving a murderous trail behind them.
Sara Paulson plays one half of lesbian mothers with Alison Pill. She suffers from crippling phobias of holes and clowns that Evan Peters cruelly preys upon, driving her to a quick breakdown.
This leads to more monstrous happenings in the normally quiet suburb, which causes Peter’s character to acquire more positions of power, by using the fear he has inflicted which has caused chaos and a need for extreme measures for stability; which of course, Peters is offering.
As a story line, it doesn’t feel as scary as a murderous clown killing couples or a house full of ghosts with the intent to kill any tenant. What makes this season so scary is its realism.
With today’s politics gone topsy-turvy, hate crime going up and countries falling apart, there is something very real about this season. No ghouls, urban legends, ghosts or witchcraft. Everything that takes place in this season could happen in real life; which makes it a hell of a lot scarier, especially with the way the world is today.
The season still hasn’t been fully aired, and if you haven’t yet, get watching. It’s deliciously clever, blood drenched and relevant for the times. It will get you scared and will get you thinking.
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