What You Might Have Missed: AHS: Cult

It is important to me to provide comprehensive content warnings, but you should always trust yourself when deciding whether or not to watch. The horror genre is meant to push you to the edge of your comfort zone, and that is one of the reasons why I love the genre so much. You can always expect frightening imagery, loud noises, scenes of intense peril, and gore even in the smallest amounts. If you have any questions, I am always happy to discuss.

clowns
bees
flashing images
buzzing
strange sound effects
synchronized movement
cults


So the annual releasing of American Horror Story teasers has started. Right now, there is nothing surprising. Minus the casting of Lena Dunham, which feels like the producers are really out of touch with public opinion. I don’t think I’ve heard one person say they are excited about this casting. I’m sure she’ll bring lots of white feminism flair to the show.

But now, you’ve watched the teaser a few times, and clowns are always a bit strange, but what does it all mean?! I have no idea, but during all the weird digital video corruption flashes (which… are a bit done… why are we still using this like corrupted data files are a scary thing) there are a few things you might have missed!

We start out with concentric circles of clowns (so spooky!) with head clown in the middle. They sway a bit like they are listening to a slow jam and then the video starts to get all washed out and jittery.

Who is that?! Is she doing an epic eye roll because this feels so done? Why is there a film strip overlay? This wasn’t filmed on 16mm even if it was you wouldn’t see the sprockets on the edge of the film… if you did see that then you would have a not playing film strip. I mean… I guess you could say it was sprocket photography (which is a process of exposing the full width of film) but I’ve only seen it done on 35mm still image film. So yeah… you can’t fool me with that!

Now we get a fly’s eye view of a clown that is totally parched. Of all of the imagery in the teaser, I think this one if my favorite. This gets the closest to freaky and it is only in there for a few frames.

You know what this reminds me of? NOT THE BEES!!!! And also the dogs with bees in their mouth and when they bark they shoot bees at you. I don’t know if the bees are arbitrary or not, or if they are going for a bee cult. I know in Wicker Man they were a bee cult, but they sacrificed people for a good harvest. Wasn’t that part of the story last season? Oh well… now we’ve got some bees.

Some of the clowns had to go on union mandated break, I guess. But now they are waving their hands in a beckoning manner. Come… join us in our weird clown swaying. It’ll be ok… you’ll get a cool patent leather looking costume with a red accented neck ruff. Who doesn’t want a red accented neck ruff? The way they were waving their hands reminded me a lot of how the Queen waves. Slow rotation of the wrist, because your hand is going to get tired.

The clowns move around more in their synchronized manner and the video gets all jittery again. I couldn’t find anything specific in those jumps. Just lots of corrupted video overlays. If you look real hard, you might be able to make out a boob. What? This isn’t a stolen Cinemax feed? Darn. Well, no boobs then.

And it ends. Concentric clown circles, eye rolling white girls, parched clowns, corrupted video, and bees… what does it all mean!? No idea. So, did you like the teaser? What do you think it means? Are you excited about the new season?

One Reply to “What You Might Have Missed: AHS: Cult”

  1. I’m reasonably excited, because I’m curious and somehow I can’t think critically enough to guess at plot points. 😐 I don’t suffer from coulrophobia…but there’s this vague Pennywise business here and he was definitely high on the creep factor (although I liked Bozo growing up…so go figure).

    As for the bees, I like bees (especially bumbles who look like they’re wearing sweaters!), however I seemed to have missed the actual visual frame involving them. I could see them playing on the whole “hive mind” concept of obedience with “one queen” and many workers, past that I haven’t a clue.

    Also can I say I was having Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom flashbacks during the buzzy-sway-chanting, which somehow lessened the “scary” and upped the mildly irritating factor.

    Still I’m committed to watching it all because I’m curious and stubborn, so hopefully it’s an improvement on Roanoke but with Dunham that might not be the case.

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