Now, this would be the biggest, most unexpected twist in American Horror Story history!
When the opening sequence for American Horror Story: Cult, the 7th Season of Ryan Murphy’s mega-hit anthology series, we were so startled by the appearance of Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton (as masks) we totally missed someone else lurking in the shadows. Now, I know how far-fetched this sounds, but I’ll be damned if that doesn’t look like Freddy Krueger at the very end. It’s just a silhouette, but even Freddy’s shadow is pretty iconic. Have a look and tell us if you agree.
It’s at the very end of the opening sequence if you want to check it out for yourself; the figure appears at 0:57.
American Horror Story: Cult confirmed cast members are: Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, Adina Porter, Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner, Colton Haynes, Alison Pill, John Carroll Lynch, Lena Dunham, Frances Conroy, and Mare Winningham.
American Horror Story: Cult returns to FX on September 5th.
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Now before you go telling me I’m off my rocker, this wouldn’t be the only connection AHS: Cult has made to classic 1980’s era slashers. One of the filming locations was the same neighborhood (and house) featured in John Carpenter’s Halloween. With that in mind, I gave the opening sequence another bit of scrutiny and, wouldn’t you know who else I found hiding in the background. Now, I’m not saying this background clown is Michael Myers, I’m just saying the resemblance is undeniable.
Also, consider another 1980s era slasher might be hiding in plain sight: We’ve been so enamored by the cult of clowns and the impending return of Twisty, we may have missed a nod to the OG Creepy Clown Pennywise. With that in mind, I gave the opening sequence yet another spin, looking for a single red balloon—an undeniable allusion to Stephen King’s IT. Found it!
So, is the intro to American Horror Story: Cult crawling with 80s slashers hiding in the shadows?
In the case of Krueger, another possibility is that the silhouette is Edmond Mordrake (played by Wes Bentley) in American Horror Story: Freak Show (Season 4). It would make sense that if Twisty (John Carroll Lynch) will be appearing in 2017, it can only be as a member of Mordrake’s crew of wandering spirits. Bentley hasn’t been announced in the script, but he’s series regular; while he had supporting roles in Freak Show and Roanoke (2 in that case), he was a main character in Hotel, playing Det. John Lowe.
What do you guys think? Krueger or Mordrake? Or is it someone I haven’t even considered? Is Murphy intentionally sneaking slashers into the AHS mythology, or is my mind just too horror-centric? Let’s discuss in the Comments section?