American Horror Story: Cult (2017)


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American Horror Story: Cult intrigues with timely, over-the-top creepiness - and lots of clowns - despite being hampered by broad political generalizations and occasional holes in the narrative's logic.



Critic Ratings: 49


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Air date: Sep 5, 2017

After the surprising results of the 2016 presidential election, a fearful woman's phobias begin to resurface.

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Air date: Sep 12, 2017

As Ally's paranoia intensifies with the arrival of new neighbors and trouble at the restaurant, Oz finds a way to handle his fears with Winter's help.

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Air date: Sep 19, 2017

The community turns on Ally in the wake of an employee's death. Beverly reports on a serial killer in the area. Ally and Ivy are the target of a series of disturbing events.

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Air date: Sep 26, 2017

Harrison trains a new client at his gym; Beverly contends with competition in the workplace; and Ivy has a violent confrontation at a rally.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2017

Beverly's journalistic integrity is called into question; Kai plans to broadcast a gruesome murder committed by the cult; and Ally's phobias reach a new low.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2017

An unexpected source reveals the truth behind the cult to Ally. Kai's run for City Council is challenged by a new candidate.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2017

Kai's presence in national headlines attracts a new underground following. The women in the cult find themselves pushed aside before finding inspiration in the stories of an enigmatic stranger.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2017

Ally is released from the psych ward; Vincent conspires against Kai; and Samuels and Winter's loyalty is put to the test.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2017

Episode 9 of "American Horror Story: Cult."

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Air date: Nov 7, 2017

Episode 10 of "American Horror Story: Cult."

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Season 7 of the FX horror anthology.

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Critic Reviews for American Horror Story Cult

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (20)

While it sometimes displays Murphy's go-for-broke inconsistency of character and style, it also makes for very fascinating television.

Sep 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Creepy, over-the-top, and (yup) scary.

Sep 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Liberals aren't just snowflakes with imaginary fears, and the right isn't only made up of soulless fear-mongers. The politics of fear may work, but the twisted logic in this futile exercise falls apart quickly.

Aug 31, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…
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Trump is a tough nut to tackle -- and you can take that literally if you'd like. Even so, this is a big, bloody hunk of red meat for his remaining defenders, many of whom already see Hollywood in the worst ways imaginable.

Aug 31, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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The scary stuff here is the direction America is heading right now, which is either catastrophic or a necessary course correction, depending on whether you've considered buying a "Nasty Woman" T-shirt or a "Make America Great Again" hat.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

With remarkable speed, Ryan Murphy has added MAGA to this rotation of terror, hip to the sentiment that Trump's election is the horror story from which we cannot wake.

Sep 7, 2017 | Full Review…
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The first episode shows that the show has the ability to be fascinating, but it is in a very intermittently way. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…

'American Horror Story: Cult' began shocking, as usually happens in all seasons, and has ended up losing all the strength on the road, becoming almost exhausted and without resources in its end. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 6, 2019 | Full Review…

To say that Murphy's series handles this was subtlety would be a lie. Instead, it directly confronts the phobias that we feel as individuals and as a country.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Cult is a stand out addition to the AHS series, mostly due to its portrayal of real horrors.

Sep 17, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

American Horror Story: Cult is truly giving me Murder House vibes solely off the fact that this is the first time I have been scared while watching this show.

Jun 22, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

While Lange's humor was subtle, side of the mouth, and pure honey-glazed glass shards, Billie Lourd comes equipped with that certain Tweetable humor that is irresistible and scene stealing, but for entirely different reasons.

Feb 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Horror Story: Cult

  • Oct 12, 2020
    Probably one the most disappointing seasons to date. No horror, no witty twists or interesting plot. Director thinks just by showing senseless cruelty and killings it'd make a good season. Absolutely lazy and low budget.
  • Oct 11, 2020
    American Horror Story: Cult is one of the strangest seasons of TV I've ever watched. That said, it is still a pretty decent entry to the AHS series. It has some creepy moments and some unexpected twist, but also some sexist sub-plots and plot-holes.
  • Sep 26, 2020
    American Horror Story is pretty consistent. The themes and horror are great. That's the whole reason we watch the show. The phobia motif in this season was particularly great, and the clowns are particularly creepy. My main gripe is with the character development. I don't know how else to put this, but the intelligence level of this show is fairly low. Characters are extremely obvious caricatures and people are presented in such a way that you can understand them immediately. This lady has a resentment. This guy is an asshole. This guy's crazy. It's like the classic horror trope of "don't go into that basement" but the stupidity applies to every aspect of these people. I just wish the show was a little higher-brow. More subtlety - don't have to ram the meaning of each scene down our throats.
  • Aug 28, 2020
    You had to go political, you just couldn't help yourselves. What a shit show
  • Jul 29, 2020
    Probably the best season AHS has to offer. Completely delivers without any paranormal activity or that "Harry Potter- mean girls" nonsense that Coven gave us.
  • Jul 07, 2020
    Foi para mim, a temporada mais fraca da série, só me forcei assistir por ter gostado das anteriores mais não me convenceu no final.
  • Jun 28, 2020
    I liked this season a lot which I know is an unpopular opinion. It was the most realistic stories of any other season due to no supernatural elements. Evan Peters was really great and Sarah Paulson as usual.
  • Jun 06, 2020
    Use a phone to record. Not just jump on the street and yell at the black truck to stop. Ally is miserable.
  • May 21, 2020
    AHS returns with a refreshing season, with a lot of research, remarkable and iconic characters, blood, torture and a lot of politics. Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters are the true protagonists of the season, unlocking a very high potential of their acting talents. What makes "American Horror Story Cult" a season with all the ingredients to renew the series in a very positive way.
  • May 19, 2020
    Sem dúvidas a pior temporada de 'American Horror Story'. Preguiçosa, deselegante, um insulto às grandes histórias de cultos famosos.

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