It's hard to believe it's been a year since we experienced the Roanoke nightmare on last season of American Horror Story. The chilling sixth season of the anthology series terrified viewers with a different brand of horror than AHS fans were used to, deviating from the theatrical scares the show became known for. However, that nightmare came to an end in Roanoke's crazy finale, leaving fans to ponder what would come next for Ryan Murphy's terrifyingly brilliant horror series.
After weeks of teasers, trailers and Instagram posts featuring horrifying elephant men, #AmericanHorrorStory has returned to screens for a brand new tale of terror. The politically charged seventh season, subtitled Cult, served up some real scares in the premiere episode as Sarah Paulson's character Ally faced up to her fears. Now that fans have entered a brave new #AHS world, it's time for a new adventure to begin so, without further ado, let's take a look back at the creepiest moments from that jaw-dropping season opener, entitled "Election Night."
1. Twisty The Clown
Following the creepy Season 7 credits, viewers watched a young unknown couple making out on a patch of grass. Within seconds, die-hard American Horror Story fans likely felt a little sensation of deja vu, and that's because this scene was scarily reminiscent of a similar scene back in Freak Show when Twisty The Clown showed up and murdered a young couple.
If you were one of those fans then you were probably horrified (or delighted) to see Twisty turn up in the Cult premiere and, just as he did with the couple in Freak Show, the villainous clown murdered the young lovers. It was later revealed that this scene was nothing more than a young boy's imagination as he read from a Twisty the Clown comic. Even so, it was pretty awesome to see Twisty in action once more. Actor John Carrol Lynch, who played the murderous clown in Season 4, reprised his role for the short scene.
2. Ally's Supermarket Nightmare
For us, it's not really an episode of American Horror Story until we see Sarah Paulson screaming for her life. And if you also consider that to be the case then you got probably your wish during the premiere episode — several times over. Paulson plays this year's protagonist, Ally Mayfair-Richards. The character suffers from all sorts of strange phobias (her primary fear being clowns), which were triggered as a result of the 2016 presidential election when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
While doing a nightly supermarket shop, Ally was taunted and chased by men wearing clown outfits. She ran for her life and (as you would in a situation like this) attempted to defend herself by firing bottles of wine at her stalkers. However, it was later revealed that there was no evidence to prove such an event took place, suggesting that they were figments of Ally's imagination. Considering this is American Horror Story we're talking about, it's likely there will be some unpredictable twist where the clowns are concerned. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
3. Ally's Restaurant Nightmare
Poor Ally just can't get a break, if the supermarket was bad then the restaurant was even worse. After promising her wife, Ivy, that she would attempt to return to work and overcome her fears, Ally was horrified when she discovered another clown, this time in her restaurant. Ally watched, appalled, as this clown engaged in a sexual act. She screamed and Ivy came to her rescue but, just like the supermarket incident, there was no sign of the clown anywhere. The duo searched the restaurant high and low but had no luck. Ally broke down, questioning her sanity and judging from the look on Ivy's face, so was she.
4. The Clowns Kill The Neighbors
Billie Lourd plays the unusual Winter, who clearly has more secrets than she's letting on. While babysitting Ally and Ivy's son Oz, Winter forced the young boy to watch videos (which she found on the "dark web") of people getting murdered. Afterwards, Oz heard an ice-cream van pass by and when he went to the window to have a look, several clowns stepped out of the vehicle. Yes, you guessed it, the clowns were the same ones from Ally's previous incidents, suggesting that she wasn't hallucinating after all.
Winter and Oz went to the house across the street to take a look and see what the creepy clowns were up to and, to their shock, the clowns were murdering their neighbors. It was gruesome. Something tells me we haven't seen the last of the colorful criminals.
5. The Clown In Ally's Bed
After the incident with the neighbors, Ally and Ivy returned home with their son. The final scene of the episode found Ally sleep in the middle of the night. She heard a noise, wakening her. Worried, she whispered Ivy's name, hoping to wake up her wife. After failing to do so, Ally turned around to get the shock of her life: A terrifying clown was lying beside her. Paulson, as Ally, delivered her most ear-splitting scream yet as the show faded to black. I don't know about you, but we're already terrified.
We're only one episode in to Cult and we're already hooked. With so much drama, tension and terrifying thrills, it's looking like Cult could be the scariest season of AHS yet and we can't wait to see what Ryan Murphy has in store for us next. American Horror Story is back. Be afraid folks, be very afraid.
American Horror Story: Cult airs Wednesdays on FX.
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