American Horror Story: Cult's First Real Trailer Preys on Trump-Era Terrors

Twisty’s baaaack. Image: FX
Twisty’s baaaack. Image: FX

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 realizing that Donald Trump has been elected president is truly terrifying. And relatable.


Evan Peters humping his TV in what appears to be manic joy in reaction to the same news is also truly terrifying, for different reasons.

There’s a lot packed into this one-minute trailer. We have Paulson’s character, Ally Mayfair-Richards, talking to a shrink (Cheyenne Jackson as Dr. Rudy Vincent) about her coulrophobia—fear of clowns, which has only gotten worse since the election. Alison Pill (as Ivy Mayfair-Richards) is Ally’s concerned and frightened spouse. Billie Lourd (as Winter Anderson) looks like their nanny from hell... clown hell. And Peters, as the pain-and-fear obsessed Kai Anderson, could be the leader of the titular cult, whatever shape (literal or not) that takes on the show. He’s definitely looking like the main villain, along with good old Twisty—who pops up in a storybook, as a doll, and presumably, eventually, in the greasepainted flesh.

American Horror Story: Cult premieres September 5 on FX.

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I simply cannot see how these keep getting made. The writing is a couple of 14-year-olds amped up on caffeine and their parents forgetting to activate the parental guide on the Tivo while they go out. “let’s do TRUMP! Yeah, he sucks! And Twisty! Yeah Twisty..but more! More of them, and like that (was it Kiss or Motley Crue?) that twizted circus album - but a CULT! Just finished my first Cthulhu comic so I am ready to go all HPL! So, sacrifices? Yeah! Oh, and boobs, GOTTA have boobs. In the sacrifices? Oh man, we are coming up with the MOST new stuff! My mom’s therapist sucks, let’s have one in there too! Can we do a Yoda?”