TRAILER: American Horror Story, Season 7

Vulture reports:

According to creator Ryan Murphy, season seven of American Horror Story (a.k.a. Cult) is inspired by the 2016 election. If we’re reading the season’s first trailer, which involves a creepy horde of clowns, correctly, the clowns are a metaphor for Trump voters? And the lone blue one is a Hillary voter? And the voices are the media? And the honeycomb-like hexagons are a reference to the season’s crucially important bees? We’re not quite onboard, but mighty intrigued, and still wondering how Lena Dunham will play into all of this.

  • Jonathan Smith

    I should probably start watching this show…..

  • DaddyRay

    I am not a fan of clowns

    • another_steve

      See my comment in this thread.

      Do you have the phobia?

      • DaddyRay

        I wouldn’t say I have a phobia – I would say I just don’t find them entertaining

        • another_steve

          Hear ya.

          I have a weird bona fide phobia – have had it all my life – with regard to cotton balls. I can’t stand touching them. Touching them literally makes me queasy.

          My sister, when she was an adolescent, had a button phobia. She couldn’t stand touching buttons. Obviously that made getting dressed very difficult for her. The good news is that she grew out of it.

          • DaddyRay

            Never heard of anyone ever having a button phobia – any idea how that started

          • another_steve

            Who can say how any phobia begins. I suppose some people have traumatic experiences with regard to this or that and that leaves them with phobias.

            My sister never had a traumatic experience with regard to buttons and I’ve never had one with regard to cotton balls.

            In my case, it’s probably just a bit of fucked-up brain circuitry.

          • ZhyKitty

            My daughter Dr Kitten has that about chalk. She can’t bear to look at it, much less touch it.
            Weirdness just sort of runs in the family though, so I never thought much of it.

          • AJ Drew

            Oh, hi Zhy! Um… chalk… umm, squealing blackboard sound, or… nope, I got nothing. So, Hi!

          • another_steve

            Now that I think of it, weirdness runs in my family too. There’s my and my sister’s phobias and a peculiar one that my mom had all her life.

            Mom couldn’t eat seafood in the house with any windows open. She couldn’t explain it, but she said the outside air made the seafood taste unpleasant for her.

            When she visited my husband and me and we were serving seafood, we had to close all the house windows.

            (Nice to see you btw, 😉

          • Chris

            My cousin has the cotton ball phobia – once I rubbed a cotton ball over my teeth in front of her and she just about gagged to death. (We’re close- she’s hilarious and equally horrible to me.)

          • another_steve

            Lol. Seems I’m not alone.

            Perhaps I should start a support group. 😉

          • Sporkfighter

            My oldest daughter was like that with buttons. She also has a nickel sensitivity which nixed snaps and zippers. Shopping fer her was a blast.

        • AJ Drew

          Oh yeah, how ’bout this scenario? (ok, it might be *my* nightmare.)

          https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/nintchdbpict000271823618.jpg?w=224&strip=all

  • another_steve

    There’s a clown phobia that certain people have. I forget the medical name.

    Those poor people: Can you imagine them dealing with this show?

    • lenvus

      Coulrophobia, I believe. That’s kind of a cool name for a horrible fear. And indeed, some clowns can invoke quite a fear in some people. I mean, Pennywise? And John Gacy’s outfits?

      • Capritaur

        Is there a word for clown fetish? Asking for a friend.

        • AJ Drew

          Coulrophilia?

          • lenvus

            Yeah, I think so. 🙂

    • DaddyRay

      I was a teen in the Chicago area when the John Wayne Gacy thing happened – I find it creepy that grown men dress like clowns to play with kids

    • lenvus

      Here’s an interesting website with more details about coulrophobia, including the history of clowns and treatment of the fear(s): http://www.coulrophobiafacts.com

      • another_steve

        From that page: “Some estimate that around 12% of adults in the US suffer from it.”

        Wow, that’s a lot of people. Quite remarkable.

      • Reality.Bites

        I used to work with someone terrified of balloons

        • perversatile

          My friend Fred is terrified/phobic of:
          Really Big Dogs- understandable
          Clowns- obviously some sort of primitive survival instinct
          Albinos- “How fuckin’ high are you Fred?”

    • Chicago joe

      Coulrophobia. Not sure if that’s a formal medical name though

  • Boreal

    Clowned out after AHS freakshow.

    • Christopher

      Well, and the election.

    • JCF

      “Hotel” was better than Freakshow. But “Roanoke Nightmare” was a long, shaggy dog trip to nowhere.

  • Phaius

    I am dismayed Murphy is letting Lena Dunham on, but I heard a rumor she’s only on for an episode. I hope her character’s death is violent and bloody.

    • ted-

      Who is she? I supposed I could Google her, but I’m real lazy today

      • JCF

        See re HBO’s “Girls”. People tended to love it or hate it (being HBO, I of course never saw it).

      • Phaius

        She’s the creator of a show called “Girls” on HBO. She’s infamous for molesting her kid sister when she was a teen and her sister in grade school (unapologetically too… she made up a bunch of BS jusitifying it). She’s also a shitty, horrible person who thinks the world walks in the same privileged world she does. Conservatives love insisting she’s the spokesperson for liberal millennials but I know of no one who doesn’t think she’s anything other than a rancid bag of mayonnaise.

  • Lazycrockett

    Lena Durham is in this so hard pass.

  • Christopher
  • TK

    Should I just start complaining about the poor storytelling, dropped plot lines and inconsistent characters now, or wait for the season to start?

    • Dave B

      Wait.

    • Billy Green

      Wait for it.

    • JP

      Will Sarah Paulson cry and how often? Will the season finale have nothing to do with the story we were anticipating on seeing?

    • perversatile

      “You can’t be mad if you ain’t surprised” -my Mom

  • Helen Damnation™

    Here’s a teaser that Murphy dropped a few weeks ago. Things to come? (I added the text at the bottom)
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/da1db24037e8638236a50a7168b553137a79f805d823be8a7d65050c3979484f.jpg

  • Pip

    The skinhead visuals are very interesting. The clowns are just freaking creepy. buh…

  • Dave B

    I smell boycott from the trumpanzees

  • EdmondWherever

    With the new It remake on the verge, are clowns the new aliens/vampires/zombies fad coming up?

  • JP

    I’ll just say it. The show ceased being any good after Coven. Freakshow was a horrendous let down after Coven. SO much so it felt like they made it awful on purpose. Hotel was a weird snoozefest. Roanaoke was ok only because there was actual horror in it.

  • Billy Green

    I wouldn’t read too much into it. Go back and look at the teaser trailers for previous seasons. They almost never relate directly to the series. For example, this was a teaser trailer for the sixth season: https://youtu.be/NgL1UJJNb24

    • Phaius

      Though, to be fair, that season they purposefully put out a bunch of misleading and intentionally not related promos for that season.

  • Christopher

    Is this what Juggalos would look like after a long diet? Because the Meth CLEARLY isn’t working for them.

  • TKW

    I hate clowns. And this just looks like another mediocre Lady Gaga video.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Agreed. Nothing creepier than clowns. Nothing. Except Trump.

      • TKW

        But he is a clown!

    • perversatile

      Dear Ryan Murphy,
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/babb5c731d1daf9cc4db15599d6808c634108a392b5c08310a4526f36635cc4d.jpg
      My youngest daughter Shayla was getting to the point where she refused to go to bed at night, the monster in the closet went from being something her sisters teased her about, to phone calls from her kindergarten teacher saying, “you need to come get your daughter, she woke up during nap-time screaming, again”
      The lilac colored bruises under my little girl’s eyes were breaking my heart. My husband remembered when he was little, his mom used something called: Monster-Go-Away Spray Repellent, I interrupted him saying Shayla’s too smart to fall for that. I even considered, briefly, being a Hard-Ass like my Dad, back when I was scared of monsters under the bed, and being told to Man-Up and stop being a stupid baby.
      With no clear goal in mind, acting on pure instinct, I grabbed the tape gun and under Shayla’s watchful eyes, ran packing tape all around the closet door’s opening, paying special attention to the 1/2 inch gap at the bottom, then I pressed the hose attachment from an old fashioned canister vacuum cleaner against the closet door’s keyhole, and switched it on. The high pitched farting noise made us all laugh, I couldn’t remember the last time I heard Shayla laugh, and it felt like a knot in my chest. With the hose pressed flush to the keyhole, I said, “Now we have to count to five hundred, to make sure all the air is sucked out.” The steady droning of the vacuum cleaner’s motor soon has everyone nodding off, except for me and Shayla, my arms were getting tired from this simple exertion, yet Shayla maintained a steady pace, ticking off the numbers, not getting much past 25, she wasn’t that good at ‘spelling big numbers’ yet.(What most folks call counting) At 500 I shouted, ”get ready!” I pulled the hose away, the whoosh of air sounding like an asthmatic’s labored breathing- Shayla smashes a hand full of tiny dinosaur shaped decorative hand soaps into the keyhole. I yell, “you must stay alert! We’re not done yet” I drag a chair in front of the door, Richard brings me a shot gun and I sit down holding the rifle across my knees. I tell Shaya, even though I’m 99.999% percent sure the monster is dead from suffocating, I need her to help me stay awake until sunrise, because that is the only way to make sure the monster is absolutely, 100% all the way dead and turned to dust.
      I watch Shayla curl up and slowly nod off. My husband tip toes, scooping Shayla up in his arms, and puts her to bed. Shayla gets a quick kiss goodnight, and a whispered ”sweet dreams”, Richard wants to know if I’m going to sit there all night and I answer, “until sunrise.” My goodnight kiss, lasts a bit longer interrupted by quiet laughter when he says, “I don’t think we’re reading the same parenting books.” (I don’t tell him, I got the idea Captain Underpants)
      As a parent you will often hear folks saying that there is no way of knowing if you raised your children right until they’re grown up, and then it’s too late. I don’t think that’s true, we are much more ”as the twig is bent” kind of parents, by age 10 there was nothing Shayla feared, I pity any monster be it imaginary or societal that goes up against my little girl. Here I go babbling again, Richard says I should get a “I’m the proud parent of a pre-teen psychopath” bumper sticker for my wood chipper.

      I wanted to close with saying how much the entire family loves AMS, the girls were practically raised on it. I know you get asked this all the time, but have you considered doing something in the ‘After School Special’ milieu?
      Hugs & Kisses from the Broughton-Highsmith family

  • AtticusP

    I think they already jumped the shark with the last season of AHS.

    The series is suffering from an acute lack of Jessica Lange.

    • TKW

      Agreed. Although I only made it through half of the clown season. Too creepy. I preferred the comic wit of Coven.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Its more an acute lack of a powerful lead. and the director/producer prefers a female lead. which is totally fine but after Lange left, Gaga didnt have enuf je ne sais quoi to fill her shoes.

      I liked some parts of hotel but boy did it ramble on and on

      • Bryan

        Sarah Paulson is pretty awesome in just about everything she does…

    • Oh, Parker

      Still haven’t seen the Roanoke season but I’d watch just for Kathy Bates.

    • tomfromthenews

      ???
      Roanoke was brilliant.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the U.S. with Trump.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      well actually youre in canada. but its the thought that counts

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        True, but the husbotter is dual citizen, so I guess you could his family is stuck.

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    • Sporkfighter

      I think that’s Trump’s short list of SCOTUS nominees.

    • Gerry Fisher

      STOP SCARING ME!!! (ahem)

    • Danieruw

      Clowns that only let you know
      Where you let your senses go
      Clowns all around you
      It’s a cross I need to bear

    • gothambear

      very clever – i need to find my mother’s birth papers from Alberta in 1932 and claim my dual citizenship!!

  • djcoastermark

    It sounds like an ad for the Mega baptist church down the street to me.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    HBO needs to resurrect Carnivale now that we have the anti-christ in DC

  • Blake J Butler

    For the record though, season 6 was thrown way off, wasn’t anything like its ads were depicting. Murphy may just be jerking us off, with these ads throwing us each and other way.

    No American Horror Story can compare to the one that was told last year.

  • bmoore4026
  • Gerry Fisher

    I dunno. Ryan Murphy series have expiration dates, and this one is past its prime.

  • Michael R
  • M Jackson

    I know now I wasn’t the only one, but I thought I was pretty clever last Sept. when I started saying the next season would be “AHS-Election”.
    My friends and I all love AHS, and hate trump.

    • M Jackson

      Maybe on the next season of “Fargo” Noah Hawley could drop an air conditioner onto the entire administration.

  • fastlanestranger

    LAME W/OUT LANGE

    • how can you know, you haven’t watched it yet

      • fastlanestranger

        MY NAME IS MISS CLEO

        • unamusing

          • fastlanestranger

            You must be a lot of fun at parties.

          • so adult of you… pivoting to personal attacks

          • fastlanestranger

            🙁

  • JCF

    “can’t sleep clowns will eat me”

    LOL, Joe.

  • Ogre Magi

    Will the Joker be in this?