The credit sequence for the latest season of American Horror Story just dropped. The newest season is called “Cult” — and it’s shaping up to be really creepy.
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Ryan Murphy first announced season 7 of the hit horror series would be about the election. (A horror story about the 2016 Election? That checks out.) However, we wondered if Murphy had decided to go in another direction when the title was revealed. But as the credit sequence shows — he didn’t.
The sequence starts with a creepy, jittering cupid statue playing a harp. From there, it goes into a collage of various images. A filthy hand — covered in oil? Swarming bees. Insects crawling in and out of open wounds. Pallbearers carrying a clown-bearing coffin at night. A creepy carnival. A dead dog.
But the most indelible images are of the bloody people putting on rubber masks of Trump and Hillary and the American flag slowly drenched in blood.
At the panel for the Television Critics Association, executive producer Alexis Martin Woodall says the show will be about the election — but “more about what’s going on in our world around us, the idea of paranoia.”
That paranoia was infectious. At the same panel, series star Alison Pill said “This particular season has a streak of paranoia that’s infectious. I’d be happy to bid that slightly creepy feeling adieu.”
Of course, the producers have been keeping the content under wraps. We’ve heard rumors that Season 4’s Twisty the Clown may return. Other than than that — and the fact that bees are involved somehow, we don’t know much about the storyline.
UPDATE: Right after publishing, a new trailer for the upcoming series was released Tuesday, providing a lot more context for the upcoming season.