American Horror Story: Cult Unveils Opening Credits

Variety reports:

The opening credits for “American Horror Story,” which – in keeping with the anthology format of the show – change every season, always lay clues to the overall theme and mystery of that installment’s plot.

For “American Horror Story: Cult,” the biggest hints to glean deal with how the recent political climate with come into play in the eagerly anticipated seventh season.

Continuing with the “hive” theme implied by much of the teaser imagery, the credits feature dark close-ups of bees swarming over a surface and crawling out of someone’s skin, as well as characters dressed up in the aforementioned Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton masks.

Ghastly clowns are visible riding a carousel, there is a magician pulling a bloody object out of a hat, and an American flag dripping blood is featured.

  • AJA

    Well, it’s official: I have no goddamn idea as to what is going on here.

    • TK

      Neither do the writers for the show. In any given season. Go ahead, pick one.

      • Tatonka

        Maybe, but it’s definitely had some great moments. Just one example, when Jessica Lang’s brain finally broke for good in Asylum and she hallucinated singing “the Name Game.” That was bonkers, and I loved it.

      • trog

        I’d say the last season–Roanoke–actually held up until the last episode, unlike all the other seasons, which all fell apart after like five episodes. And I really to want to like them, but alas …

        • MonochromeMouse

          Yeah Roanoke was the first actually scary season, the only problem was that final pointless episode that didn’t have anything to do with the plot and was just a gimmick to bring Lana back for like 2 seconds.

      • vorpal 😼

        S1 was horrifically bad, IMO.
        S2 was substantially better and had a more cohesive storyline.
        I lost interest when S3 came out, but I don’t begrudge others their tastes. I have some terribly bad tastes when it comes to TV shows.

        That being said, if you haven’t watched the new show, Atypical, it is freaking amazing. Despite my bad ADHD that makes it hard to sit through an hour show, I powered through the whole season in one night.

    • Snarkaholic

      The dead doggie ruins it for me.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    I used to love that show.

  • another_steve

    Why can’t the world be nice again?

    • Tatonka

      I guess I’m just glad they didn’t feature Doc McStuffins vivisecting a baby bunny.

    • Guess?

      When was the world EVER actually nice? Do you mean the good old days when the coloreds knew their place and stayed out of the Whites Only establishments? Or do you mean the nice times when the faggots would be beaten and sent away to the insane asylum for shock treatments? You know Mayberry wasn’t real, right? It was never a nice place if you were the wrong color or religion. Did you pay attention to the plots of the suspense shows you cherish? Many of the plots involved something sinister under the Nice Surface. They were hinting about the brutal reality of Everyday Real America. The fears of the alien invasions in so many of those shows were simply telling the story of xenophobia.

      • another_steve

        I agree with what you say there. I don’t know how old you are or whether you’ve ever experienced this, but with age one often sugarcoats the “good old days.” But as you point out, there were many problems back then, too. Many horrors.

        Serling and Co. – back in the day – wrote brilliant cautionary tales. Prophetic tales. Two come to immediate mind.

        One was Serling’s 1960 “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” – a tale concerning what paranoia and “fear of the other” can do to otherwise “normal” people.

        The other is his 1963 “He’s Alive” – a story that closely parallels American political reality today. How mobs can be mobilized through the manipulation of anger and resentment.

        The latter, precisely what Donald Trump did to win the presidency and what he’s doing today to remain in office.

  • JustDucky
    • another_steve

      Well Bill and Hillary did murder Vince Foster, ya know.

  • worstcultever

    Sorry Ryan Murphy, your over-stylized conceits can’t even begin to keep up anymore.

  • TK

    Anything that is using Trump v Clinton 2016, even just in credits, is already outdated and out of ideas.

    AHS is a complete shit show. It’s poorly written. It’s overacted. It’s already jumped the shark several times.

    • kareemachan

      Don’t watch it then. Easy-peasy.

    • DisqusD37

      Have you considered eating a Snickers?

  • another_steve

    When Rod Serling died, the whole genre died with him.

    • Hank
      • paganguy
      • another_steve

        Thank you for that.

        Serling and the other writers who contributed to “The Twilight Zone” created true psychological terror without the gore. Without the CGI and without the blood and without the violence.

        A lost art.

        • Tatonka

          If you’re at all into podcasts, you might enjoy the Nosleep podcast, loosely based on the nosleep subreddit. They manage to put together a pretty creepy yarn now and again.

          • another_steve

            Thanks for the recommendation.

            For people into classic creepiness – without the blood and without the gore – I recommend these TV series: The Twilight Zone (1959-1964), The Outer Limits (1963-1965), One Step Beyond (1959-1961) and Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1965). The mid 50s to mid 60s were the golden years for this TV genre.

            The Twilight Zone is 100% golden. The other three series were less even but contain lots of classic TV horror and suspense.

            Many episodes in these four series are available for free viewing online.

          • kaydenpat

            Alfred Hitchcock was a genius. Ditto Serling.

          • Treant

            Dr. Creepen and ClancyPasta on YouTube do a marvelous job. Clancy tends to choose better stories, but Dr. Creepen has a much better voice.

          • justmy2cents

            Do you recall the NSP episode about the ice cream truck that only the kids could see. Then one day all of the kids followed it out of the neighborhood. This AHS premier kinda reminded me of that.

      • Treant

        Stripper pasties in space?

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      I actually liked night gallery better than twilight but i was young enough (or old enough) to actually see NG on air as a kid. TZ were reruns even then. And i like horror.

      • another_steve

        “Night Gallery” had some fine episodes. You might recall the 1969 episode called “Eyes,” starring Joan Crawford in one of her last leading roles.–yqRg

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          yes Ive seen that one. Its interesting

  • AtticusP
    • Todd20036

      Once you’ve jumped the shark, there’s only one thing left to do, surf a Sharkanado

  • Michael R
    • Daveed_WOW

      Nat King Cole and Agnes Moorehead?

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  • Robert Anthony

    Cool to see Evan Peters is in this season.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      He and Sarah Paulson are in every season. I think those two and Dennis O’Hare are the only actors that have been in all of them so far.

  • Cuberly
  • bkmn

    Whoever did Gaga’s makeup deserves an award.

  • JWC

    sounds good

  • Jmdintpa

    is this another Lifetime channel movie?

  • Jeff D

    I don’t think I can take that AND the nightly news this year.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      They will blend seamlessly.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Hmmm. No Kathy Bates, Lily Rabe, Angela Bassett, Denis O’Hare… A lot of regulars not there. It looks like they’ve pared down the cast or number of main characters a lot which is something they’ve been needing desperately to do the last couple seasons.

  • KenRobinson

    While we’re posting Twilight Zone stuff…

  • EqualityForAll

    I don’t know if it’s me, but every season about half-way through I get so confused as to where the plot is, where it’s been, and where it’s going.

  • JCF

    Geez, you can’t even post AHS credits via YouTube? {grumble, grumble, grumble}

    Off to search for them…

  • Joseph Mora

    This show has lost it’s scares and has gone 6ft under since season 3.

  • joeyj1220

    If you approach AHS as the effort of creators “making it up as they go” you’ll be less likely to get frustrated. I appreciate the show for what it is; a mishmash of horror tropes that get thrown at the wall to see what sticks. Sometimes it works (Season 1, 2 & last season) and sometimes it falls flat on its face (season 4:Freak Show). But its still fun to see some great actors chewing scenery like there’s no tomorrow