One of the widespread criticisms lobbed at American Horror Story Cult, the present’s seventh season, is that it is merely not scary. A present with “Horror” in its title must be scary, and moreover a couple of scattered clown cult murders, the season’s opening episodes simply did not dwell up.
Over the final couple of weeks, that modified. After episode four, “11/9,” revealed the backstory of Evan Peters’ character Kai Anderson, it opened the floodgates. Now the cult is in full view, and the final two episodes of American Horror Story Cult have been crammed with pure, horrific dread.
Seriously–if you do not suppose watching a room full of individuals ritualistically drive a dozen nails into a person’s cranium whereas he is nonetheless alive is horrifying, that is on you.
With the veil lifted from Anderson’s cult, American Horror Story Season 7 is not holding something again. It’s a quirk of this season that understanding extra concerning the killers has made them scarier, slightly than doing the other. Maybe it is as a result of these killers embrace characters we used to belief, making the hazard for the present’s final sane particular person, Sarah Paulson’s Ally, really feel extraordinarily actual.
It’s not like Cult was hiding it earlier than. Councilman Chang disrespected Kai, after which obtained murdered. Beverly Hope (Adina Porter) appeared method too enthusiastic every time she reported a brand new homicide on the information. Ally’s therapist, Dr. Vincent (Cheyenne Jackson), was the one one that might have identified that poor girl who died along with her husband in Episode three was afraid of caskets. And Winter (Billie Lourd) is Kai’s sister; after all she’s in on it.
But seeing these characters in full cult mode, driving huge knives into Beverly’s boss or taking pictures nails right into a former member’s brow, is unnerving. They’re nonetheless sustaining public facades of normalcy, however beneath cowl of masks and darkness, they’re pure evil. It performs into a really fashionable paranoia that everybody round you is hiding one thing sinister. For Ally, that is a literal reality, not some obscure worry, however by the point she realized it on the finish of this week’s episode, “Mid-Western Assassin,” it was too late.
Even an edited version of the episode’s opening taking pictures was chilling to look at, and the unedited model, accessible on-line, is even worse. It’s twice as lengthy, for one factor, and it reveals a number of casualties by (what’s later revealed to be) Meadow’s hand that the aired model omitted.
By the tip, Ally’s been arrested for a taking pictures she did not commit. She seems to be responsible, and there is completely nobody alive who will again up her model of occasions. It’s unclear the place the remainder of the season will go, nevertheless it’s apparent this was a turning level.
Ally has spent your complete season of American Horror Story Cult up thus far questioning if she was going loopy. Now she is aware of the reality: She’s not, however the world is. With or with out masks, the individuals who need to capitalize on our worry are terrifying. And now that they are out within the open, this season of American Horror Story is lastly residing as much as its identify.