"What began as the unwanted, as impossible, today has become reality."
The phrase by Fox's reporter the night of Donald Trump's unexpected triumph in the United States presidential election is the linchpin of the new installment of American Horror Story: Cult.
The anthology of terror devised by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk turned the sinister part of his identity, and in this new season of deaths and nightmares is the political reality that has become the worst of the worlds imagined. Reading the present from a genre like terror allows Murphy & Falchuk to combine the creepiest horror of murderous clowns and schizoid psychopaths, with the blackest satire ever seen on a president, his detractors, as well as the most fears irrational forms that cement the life of the most powerful country in the world.
It all begins that fateful night for some, orgasmic for others. Kai (Evan Peters), with his blue hair and his exorbitant eyes, stands as one of the great villains of the series, portrait of white trash humiliated by a United States that has turned his back on him and now gives him the time of his delayed revenge. Fury is born from his eyes and sticks to his skin like the orange mask that evokes the bizarre tan of his leader. Trump's slogans acquire in his voice a strange echo, between joke and madness, like the final confessions of Anthony Perkins in his confinement of Psycho.
If Kai represents the ecstasy of triumph, on the side of the losers we find Ally (Sarah Paulson), prototype of Obama America: married to a woman, modern mother of a small son, well-meaning and a fighter in favor of diversity. For her, Trump's triumph represents the explosion of the atavistic and brutal, the reappearance of the worst phobias, the fear of holes, the darkness, everything that he thought surpassed. There is no longer, as for Dorothy of The Wizard of Oz, no happy homecoming.
It is the home - the country - that has been populated with diabolical clowns thirsting for blood. Murphy and Falchuck take a closer look at the usual tone of the series, transforming citizen behavior into the trigger of an endless nightmare.
With cinephile winks (the objectification of phobia as in Roman Polanski's Repulsion) and remarkable staging ideas, they never lose sight of the gestation of an atmosphere of restlessness and strangeness that turns out to be the darkest portrait of a chaotic present.
The seventh season of this saga was released last week.