American Horror Story Cult Review: 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'

(Every week, we’re going to get the discussion going about American Horror Story: Cult by answering one important question: who is the main villain of the episode?)

In its second episode, American Horror Story: Cult expands upon its paranoid landscape while diving deeper into the unraveling psyche of Ally Mayfair Richards (Sarah Paulson). Not only does “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” push Ally over the psychological precipice, separating herself even further from reality and her loved ones, it brings her closer to the inevitable face-off against Evan Peters’ Kai Anderson.

Distancing itself from the premiere’s election-inspired craziness, episode two of American Horror Story: Cult gives a better understanding of Winter’s (Billie Lourd) plan while introducing Ally and Ivy (Alison Pill) to the creepy new neighbors that moved in right across the street.

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American Horror Story Cult Season Premiere Review

(Every week, we’re going to get the discussion going about American Horror Story: Cult by answering one important question: who is the main villain of the episode?)

In its seventh installment, American Horror Story switches things up a bit in both story and tone – focusing more on psychological and human terror than anything supernatural. That’s a welcome choice for a series that has gotten a bit mired down in genre tropes over the past few seasons. After Roanoke’s balls-to-the-wall insanity, it feels like the perfect time for the series to look inward and examine the human psyche for a change. What better way to do it than focusing on emotional fallout that has followed the 2016 presidential election?

While the season 7 premiere is mostly a game of setup, introducing the characters and conflicts that will grow in the coming episodes, a few villains have already made their presence known.

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american horror story season 7 trailer

The new season of American Horror Story takes place in present day, so the anthology show will now deal with some modern horrors like last year’s presidential election. Yesterday we saw the new credits sequence for the upcoming season featuring an unsettling Donald Trump mask and Hilary Clinton. As for how much the series actually has to say about the election, we’ll find out next month when the hit FX series returns.

Below, watch the American Horror Story season 7 trailer.

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American Horror Story Cult opening credits

Producer Ryan Murphy has never been one to shy away from controversial topics in the television shows and films he’s worked on, whether in Nip/Tuck, Glee, Feud, or American Crime Story. And that streak continues with American Horror Story: Cult, the newest season of his long-running anthology series, which dropped its opening credits sequence online earlier today.

As promised, 2016 United States presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both factor in to the creepy footage. Find out how they’re involved by watching the credits below.
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American Horror Story Season 7 Title

Here it is, the news you’ve been waiting for since Ryan Murphy announced that the next season of American Horror Story would be inspired by the 2016 presidential election. The American Horror Story Season 7 title is…Cult.

Which raises a lot of questions about what 2016 election Murphy was watching. But at least he’ll have the newly-announced cast member and number one Hillary Clinton fan Lena Dunham to help him with the newest season of the FX anthology series.

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