American Horror Story: Cult episode 1, Election Night: WTF moments


AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT — Pictured: Evan Peters as Kai Anderson. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX Acquired from FX Press Room

American Horror Story is back to haunt our dreams with season seven, Cult. As usual, several moments in the series were crazy! But here are some that left us shook!

Spoilers ahead if you missed “Election Night”

The anthology horror series goes back to its roots by focusing on mystery and story over unnecessary gore. Viewers won’t know exactly what the deal is after the first episode, “Election Night.” After all, AHS loves leaving us in suspense! But it won’t be long before everything is sorted out and secrets begin to be uncovered. All I can say, after having watched the first four episodes — trust no one!

Cheetos Puffs face

This season isn’t wasting a single second in giving us nightmares. Forcing viewers to remember that night. Cult begins just as the title suggests, on election night with a panicked Sarah Paulson, portraying Ally. She and wife Ivy (Alison Pill) are hosting a watch party for the election, and no one there is happy with the results.

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Meanwhile, Evan Peters’ Kai Anderson is celebrating. Kai dumps his bag of Cheetos Puffs in a blender to create a Cheetos Puffs face mask. Right away, you know Peters’ is playing his most daring (and haunting) character yet!

Later, he delivers the line, “there is nothing more dangerous in this world than a humiliated man,” making us wonder what his objective is.

Twisty is Back

Twisty the clown is back! This season of American Horror Story has heavily been promoting clowns, so the first episode wouldn’t be complete without Twisty. A couple is making out at a park when the guy tells his girlfriend the stories of Twisty and how he is said to haunt the park. Suddenly, we see Twisty come up behind them and, after attempting to entertain them with a few clown tricks, kills the couple. If this sounds cliché and out of a comic book, it’s because it is. Oz, Ally and Ivy’s son, is reading the horror comic when his mom, Ally, walks in. As soon as Ally sees the clown in the book, she loses her balance as her phobia kicks in.

Instead of throwing it away though, Ivy stores the book in a drawer, so you know we’ll be seeing it again!

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT — Pictured: Chaz Bono as Gary Longstreet. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX Acquired from FX Press Room

Clown Supermarket

After a therapy session with Dr. Rudy Vincent (Cheyenne Jackson), Ally stops by a grocery store. She makes a comment to the store’s cashier about not believing the things Trump is saying, but, unfortunately for her, the cashier is a Trump supporter. “We finally have a real leader in this country,” he tells her as he puts on his Make America Great Again hat with his one hand (he is mysteriously missing the other). You can tell this makes Ally uneasy, but she continues her way into the store.

She looks over at the meat section, which, really, freaks out all of us, and it only makes Ally more uncomfortable. So when she begins to feel like she is being followed, you can’t really blame her.

Clowns appear. Two of them are having sex in the produce section, another one is skating around with a knife, one is just staring at her. But even the one with the knife doesn’t seem to want to kill her. They all appear to only want to scare her. The police then tell her they didn’t find anything on the security cameras and that the only thing the cashier saw was Ally screaming and running. So did she imagine all of this?

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT — Pictured: Billie Lourd as Winter Richards. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX Acquired from FX Press Room

Winter, the Creepy Nanny

Who would honestly hire Winter Anderson (Billie Lourd) as their nanny?  She is creepy! Well, to be fair, she’s the most creepy when she’s alone with Oz, so it’s not like Ally and Ivy could strongly study her character before hiring her.

Winter asks Oz who his real “mommy” is, but Oz says he doesn’t know because his moms never told him. She then asks about Oz’s dad, but her inappropriate questions are interrupted when Winter sees what Oz is drawing, a picture of Twisty, “the killer clown.” Winter then asks if Oz has ever seen a real dead body (okay, so maybe the odd questions didn’t stop). When he says no (because of course not, he’s a little boy, you psycho!), Winter shows him “the dark web” so he can see real murders.

Clown at the Restaurant

While Winter is traumatizing young Oz, Ally and Ivy are having dinner at their restaurant. Ivy leaves Ally for one minute and a clown appears. Ivy comes running after hearing Ally scream but insists no one is there but the two of them. Unconvinced, Ally frantically searches the restaurant only to find no one else there and now believes she is going insane.

The Neighbors

Ally and Ivy return from their unsuccessful date to find part of their street closed off due to a crime scene. Oz is fine, it’s the neighbors who were not as lucky. According to Oz, he witnessed the clowns murdering the neighbors inside their home. But Winter says Oz is an imaginative boy and none of that happened. In that scene we also meet detective Samuels (Colton Haynes), who tells Ally and Ivy that this was a murder suicide. But we all know that’s far from the truth!

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT — Pictured: Alison Pill as Ivy Mayfair-Richards. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX Acquired from FX Press Room

Next: Evan Peters is terrifying as Kai Anderson in AHS: Cult

Horror Notes and Questions:

  • Ally is pretty annoying, but relatable tbh.
  • Who are the clowns?
  • Okay. So Ally can’t be going crazy because both her AND her son saw the same clowns, right?
  • What are Winter’s intentions?
  • I’m also curious to learn who Oz’s real mom is. My guess is Ally. She’s considerably older than Ivy.
  • What’s up with the cashier’s hand? (Psst! We’ll know the answer later.)

American Horror Story: Cult airs Tuesday nights on FX. Be sure to tune in!