It's been a trying season of American Horror Story, overloaded with smugly on-the-nose commentary about the Trump era, gratuitous reenactments of cults throughout history, and characters you wish would just die already. This week's penultimate episode revealed the sketchy motivation of alt-right follower Kai Anderson (Evan Peters). But at this point, why should we care?
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American Horror Story: Cult started off intensely shrill. Anyone who made it through the first three episodes got a glimpse behind the madness in last week's fourth chapter, when the show did its traditional "not everything is what it seems" reveal. As its title suggests, this week's episode "Holes" dug even deeper, and what it's uncovering is a season that may have begun to be worth watching.
American Horror Story has long been one of the most in-your-face shows on TV, layering fantastical plots with cartoonish violence and knowingly over-the-top acting. Last season's Roanoke took aim at reality TV, with mixed but generally amusing results. This season's Cult takes aim at reality itself, and so far it's been horrifying in all the wrong ways.
Alamo Drafthouse locations across the US are hosting all-clown screenings of It this weekend in an ill-advised attempt to turn the public's innate and rational fear of clowns into some sort of "fun" marketing stunt. To reiterate: if you're in the United States, there's a solid chance you're going to see gangs of clowns roaming the streets.
Between American Horror Story: Cult (premiering in the US this week) and the new It (out tomorrow), there seems to be an epidemic of scary clowns going on in pop culture right now. Hell, there's even a movie called Clowntergeist heading to VOD in the US later this month. Truly, there's no better time to rank the scariest, most evil movie clowns of all time.
A Maleficent sequel is in the works. Daredevil is casting a mysterious new regular for season three. The singer of the next Bond movie's title theme might be a doozy. Plus, new looks at Kingsman: The Golden Circle and the starship bridges of Star Trek: Discovery, and the cast of iZombie teases the next season. Spoilers!
Video: Finally -- after weeks of surreal teasers and yesterday's opening-credits reveal, which actually revealed nothing -- we have a real trailer for American Horror Story: Cult. Sarah Paulson's bloodcurdling shriek upon realising that Donald Trump has been elected president is truly terrifying. And relatable.
Video: The true focus of the next American Horror Story season will remain a mystery until it airs, but that doesn't prevent us from speculating like mad. (Who would have guessed Roanoke would be about reality TV?) Today's clue dump comes from the opening credits for Cult -- which are artistically creepy in classic AHS style.
Looks like another familiar face is in Thor: Ragnarok. The porgs strike back in new Star Wars: The Last Jedi pictures. Westworld casts some suitably mysterious new roles. Yes, the 2016 US election will still play a part in American Horror Story: Cult. Plus, new footage from Channel Zero's second season. Spoilers now!
The official website for American Horror Story: Cult has a creepy clown cultist puzzle you can solve that reveals actors in costume and the names of their new characters. There's a doctor of some kind and a detective -- and wait, remember when Ryan Murphy said this season was going to feature the US election?
Rumours are circulating about the story of the next James Bond movie, including the return of some familiar faces. Brie Larson discusses the expectations of starring in Captain Marvel. New Flash set pictures reveal an updated suit for Barry Allen. Plus, American Horror Story: Cult loses a regular and a new Preacher clip. Spoilers now!
Video: Today, we learned that Cult is the subtitle of American Horror Story's seventh season, which is themed around the 2016 US presidential election and will apparently involve the return of Freak Show's dreaded Twisty the Clown. Now we have our first teaser. And indeed, it is bursting with evil clowns.