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AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT
September 12, 2017  | By David Bianculli

FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

 
Kai (Evan Peters) is the fervid Trump supporter who is empowered, post-election, to begin his old cult. Ally (Sara Paulsen) is the distraught liberal who is so depressed, post-election, that she begins to fall apart mentally – even imagining that she’s being chased and threatened by frightening clowns. This new season of American Horror Story sounds like an obvious knee-jerk reaction to a particularly divisive political climate – but as it progresses, Cult begins rolling out twists, turns, and unexpected revelations. For example: tonight we see those clowns again. And, it appears, they’re real…
 
 
 
 
 
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