American Horror Story: Cult is setting itself up to be quite the memorable season, what with its abundance of clowns and bees and...wait, did I say memorable? I meant downright disturbing, and now that we've gotten our eyes on the official opening titles, we can't wait to see all the ways in which this show smashes together fears of spooky and visceral things with fears of this country heading too far in one political direction or the other. At least, I guess that's what it's going to do? Check the credits out below, along with the snazzy updated theme.
Well, that was a lot to take in, wasn't it? Especially for people who have very specific fears of watching clowns climbing out of a coffin as if it's got the TARDIS-esque interior of a traditional clown car. Or for people who get really bothered by seeing dogs that look like they're dead, preceded and followed by a creepy bastard in a gas mask holding said dog. Also, all those other skin-crawling moments. (Though I guess that we should be grateful that none of the skin-related moments in trailer actually showed a chunk of skin crawling off of someone's body.) While Twisty himself didn't show up, it's no stretch to think that he's gonna get a lot of worship this year.
With the use of insects and dogs here, it's worth pondering just how animalistic American Horror Story: Cult will get. The consistent use of bees has brought to mind the kind of hive mentality that cult members have, while dogs...travel in packs when they're wild? Maybe? But maybe that angle is more about ritual sacrifices, since that's the kind of disgusting behavior that cults have showcased in the past. And considering the new season will directly reflect the dual state of ideals currently affecting party politics in the U.S., offering up a modern take on gang mentality, I suppose it would make sense for domesticated pets to be sacrificed over animals like goats or sheep. I could obviously be way off base here, though, so I'll just stop talking about that grossness.
Speaking of party politics, viewers who watched the credits video saw a lot of obvious references, with the most obvious nods to these most recent days coming via rubber masks for Hillary Clinton and POTUS Donald Trump, both of whom are set to appear in the season premiere via archival footage from Election Night. But we also get to see dingy looks at the American flag, as well as a couple of appearances from George Washington himself. Albeit in inanimate form, naturally.
While none of the cast members actually show up for the credits, as it usually goes, we know that we're going to see returning vets like Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Cheyenne Jackson, Frances Conroy and quite a few more. Meanwhile, we'll also get to see new cast members like Leslie Grossman, Colton Haynes, Billie Lourd, Alison Pill, Billy Eichner and Lena Dunham.