It is that time of year again where I have to psych myself up to watch AHS. I do love it, but oh my word is it scary. My pregnant friend watched the first episode and won’t be watching anymore until after the baby is born, wtf! I’ve watched them from the start, Haunted House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, Hotel, Roanoke and now Cult has now graced us with its presence. When I say I’ve watched them all, I skipped Hotel. When a man with a spiky strap on appears and does all sorts to some unsuspecting guest, you turn that shit right off. Although I am surprised I didn’t watch it, mainly due to the fact it is loosely based on the real life hotel built by H.H. Holmes in 1893, in Chicago. The actual hotel was used mainly for the purpose to commit torture and murder. Anyone who knows me knows I do love my true crime. Maybe I’ll give it another go, during the day, with the sun shining and a bat by my side.
So Haunted House for me was the mildest. While that may suggest it is easy watching and at no time will you be hiding behind the couch, I most definitely did hide away at some points. My favourite is Asylum. I was discussing this season with a friend who has anxiety issues and does not like to watch films or TV set in an Asylum, but wants to give AHS a go. I have strongly advised she gives Asylum a miss, it is so messed up, the experiments of the patients is frightening, but unfortunately probably quite accurate in some aspects when we think of asylums all those years ago. I do have a soft spot for Coven. When Stevie Nicks came bursting through the door I almost peed myself with excitement. I do love her. Freak Show I did enjoy, you fall in love with the ‘freaks’, although this one did reinforce how creepy clowns really are…enter Twisty. The scenes with Twisty are not for the faint hearted. One of my favourite scenes though is when Jessica Lange performs David Bowies, Life on Mars, she does it justice. With Roanoke, this for me brings me back to the original Amityville Horror, but waaaaay gorier. The land is definitely possessed by some very angry ghosts. I did enjoy this one, but it is extremely scary. There is also the element of horror films such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hills Have Eyes and Wrong Turn, makes ya think twice about travelling around those back roads in the States, although Rob Zombie’s House of a 1000 Corpses saw to that.
So I have watched the first episode of AHS Cult and sticking to true Ryan Murphy form, it is fooked up. What is it with this guy and clowns, not only does Twisty show his beautiful messed up head, but there is also a new bunch of clowns terrorising the town. This season is based on the recent American Presidential campaign, even using footage from both Trump and Clinton. The film hints at a reference to The Shining, while definitely showing an influence from A Clockwork Orange, a film I seriously struggled to watch. This episode did demonstrate a huge parallel between the way people did actually react and behave during and after the election. This is shown in the reaction to when Trump was named president (cue to people having a meltdown), even his excessive use of Twitter gets a mention, and then to the racial abuse towards those who are not white American. I don’t want to give too much away so won’t go into detail. While Cult does stay true to the Ryan Murphy formula, it is more realistic horror. The other seasons portrayed an existence that we would tend to not be familiar with, especially the supernatural setting of Haunted House and Roanoke. With Cult you really do experience the horror of the reality that is Trump. While we may not be experiencing a flock of clowns killing Clinton supporters, there is definitely a huge element of division and fear within the episode. So from the bizarre clown sex scenes and the excessive use of knives, this one is going to scares the hell out of me, still going to watch it though. Oh and P.S….Evan Peters is so good in it and also Billie Lourd joins the cast and so far, impressive.