Adina Porter offers clues into season 7 of "American Horror Story: Cult"

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31 August 2017

FX, Sept. 5, 10:00 PM ET


By Kellie Freeze

Ryan Murphy’s creepy anthology American Horror Story returns to FX on Tuesday for its seventh installment, Cult, and executive producer Alexis Martin Woodall presents a cryptic preview for the season. “We’ve got bloody tension,” she lists, “a well-cooked meal [and] an exciting trip to a grocery store.”

Getting any hints about American Horror Story: Cult requires a bit of sleuthing, and a reliance on vague implications by Murphy, who previously revealed that this season would focus on the Trump-Clinton election.

“The first 10 minutes of the season, this season, takes place in a very eerie, macabre way on election night and there’s something terrible that happens in the lives of our characters on election night as they’re watching it all go down,” Murphy said in an earlier interview. “Which in itself was a horror story, so it’s like a horror story upon a horror story.”

Woodall clarifies further, saying, “When Ryan had made the announcement originally that the season was going to deal with Trump, I think it’s more about what’s going on in our world around us.”

This season’s promos and artwork depict terrifying clowns who might play a freaky part in the plot. Twisty from Season 4’s Freakshow is expected to make a nightmare-inducing appearance.

The cast includes returning ensemble members Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Adina Porter, Frances Conroy and Cheyenne Jackson. Newbies to the franchise include Alison Pill, Billy Eichner, Colton Haynes, Lena Dunham, Billie Lourd (who previously appeared in Murphy’s Scream Queens on FOX) and Leslie Grossman (who starred on Murphy’s Popular).

Getting information from the tight-lipped cast proves difficult, too; even the actors aren’t privy to the tricks up Murphy and Co.’s sleeves. “I saw a clip,” shares actress Adina Porter, “and I didn’t recognize myself. It took me three minutes to figure out, ‘Oh, that’s me!’”

Porter stole the show in Season 6’s American Horror Story: Roanoke, and reveals that in Season 7, her character is a news reporter. “But that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” she adds with a mysterious smile, hinting, “To be able to still be doing stunts and all of this kind of stuff is pretty spectacular.

“We did not get to see the costumes during the fitting,” Porter also reveals. “They covered up the faces on the sketches and I told them to cover up the mirrors, so I could not see what they were fitting on me.”

Porter admits that despite the franchise’s use of prolific amounts of blood, she finds psychological horror the most frightening. “What affects me the most about American Horror Story is, there’s the gore, sure — but man’s inhumanity to man is what I find more terrifying.”

Woodall encourages fans to stop speculating and looking for clues, and just sit back and enjoy this season’s scary ride. “I’m not trying to be cagey,” she says. “I think that, as with all good horror and suspense, knowing less is actually so much more.”
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