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AHS Cult Season Finale + Final Thoughts


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Last Tuesday was the season finale of American Horror Story: Cult.  It’s been more than two months since we dived into the cult theme for this season’s chapter.  We dealt with creepy clowns, crazed neighbors, bouts of betrayal, brutal acts of revenge, and one insane cult leader.  Other than the crazy cult that Kai initiated, we dived into the true horror stories of bizarre cult leaders of the 20th century.

Let’s start with a quick summary of what went down during the finale:

Summary

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We start the story 11 months later where Kai is in a maximum-security prison (more on that backstory just a bit).  Kai connects with members of the prison, increasing his army for his revolution.  He has more members doing his bidding, including employees of the prison as well.  While in the prison, Kai has been planning to kill Ally once he gets out.

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In the next scene, we go back to the event where Ally catches Speedwagon.  Ally realizes that Speedwagon was the mole of Kai’s group and proceeds to kill him.  Meanwhile, Kai bands his group together for a plan to massacre one-thousand pregnant women.  A SWAT team storms through the Anderson basement, disrupting their plan and taking Kai away (this is how Kai was sent to the maximum-security prison in the first place).

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Months after the SWAT raid, Ally reveals to Beverly that the FBI recruited her as an informant in order to capture Kai.  It was Ally who turned Kai over to the authorities in the first place.

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Kai later escapes from the maximum-security prison, only to infiltrate a televised political debate between Ally and her opponent.  He tries to kill Ally with his gun, but failed to because the gun was unloaded.  Beverly later shoots him in the skull.

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After her political debate, Ally ended up winning the Senate seat of Michigan.  The finale ends with Ally donning an emerald SCUM cloak as she heads off to her next meeting.  Surprise, surprise – Ally became a part of Bebe Babbitt’s group to change the system.  That surprising twist marks the end of American Horror Story: Cult.

Final Thoughts

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This season dove into the themes surrounding a cult.  Kai Anderson, as well as other crazy cult leaders that were featured on the season, revealed some shocking insights about what a cult does to human beings.  As insane as the messages were, people still blatantly followed the leader’s every word.

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Some people are truly lost in the world, seeking for some guidance or hope that an answer will come to them.  When they are truly desperate for their answer in life, human beings will follow some divine figure that could provide them the results they are searching for (beggars can’t be choosers you know!).  Some individuals joined a cult out of fear or anger that they have felt for a long while.

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That fear/anger has been bubbling underneath the surface, waiting to explode at any minute.  The real event happens when those few individuals with those same thoughts band together to take action over their problems.  Kai’s members joined the cult based off of the same fear/anger they felt after the November 2016 elections.  After Donald Trump was elected, the group decided to take charge on this new world they were living.

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Many notorious cult figures, like Kai Anderson, made their mark on the world because of their revolutionary ideas.  Their hospitality, smooth charisma, determination, and ambition made them the valued leader of their community.  Some of their demands were disturbing, yet people blindly followed orders.

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As insane as their movements were, you have to admit that their community had some detailed tactics.  Whether it was Hitler’s strategy for the Third Reich or Charles Manson’s ‘Helter Skelter’ movement, these cult leaders came with some meticulously detailed plans for the world.  They were all planning something BIG for the nation and that plan went into extreme details before carrying them out.

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In the end, American Horror Story: Cult gave us a disturbing glimpse into the world of cults.  There were no supernatural elements this season, yet the cult them was frightening enough.  All of the main members joined Kai’s cult out of the increasing fear after the 2016 elections.  Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton were the main stars of the season, but the series definitely worked around these events.

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And with that, I can conclude that I’m done joining the cult and I’m ready to see what the next adventure brings us next season.

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IT’S ALIVE — at Peabody Essex Museum!


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Happy Monday everyone!  Fall is still in the air and Thanksgiving is just around the corner (just TEN days!).  Halloween may already be over with, but the spookiness still lingers on around the Witch city of Salem.

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Even before the hasty Halloween month of October, the Peabody Essex Museum opened up their own horror themed exhibit since August.  The exhibit is titled ‘It’s Alive!’, featuring Kirk Hammett’s collection of horror and sci-fi movie posters (metal fans would know Kirk as lead guitarist for Metallica since 1983!).  Kirk Hammett has been working on his movie poster collection for decades and his various posters became one of many exhibits for the Peabody Essex Museum.  His horror and sci-fi movie poster collection were an essential source of inspiration that fueled his own musical creativity.

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I got to check out this exhibit yesterday and was blown away by some of these colorful posters.  Some posters I recognized from watching the films while others were completely new titles to me.  Nevertheless, it was quite an entertaining event to check out.  Here were the overall highlights from yesterday’s adventure:

Horrifyingly Amazing Posters

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First thing that caught my attention were the posters.  Various movie posters were hung around the walls of the exhibit.  The collection history starts around the 1920s and ends within the 80s.  While there weren’t many modern films featured, there were still some notable titles and themes I enjoy.

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One common horror theme I noticed were monsters, especially vampires.  Dracula was a huge hit in the movies, spurring what would be the start of vampire movies throughout the decades.  Vampires were especially a huge hit in the Hollywood creative pool from the 1990s-2000s (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, anyone?).

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Another common horror theme I passed through was zombies.  Zombies had its roots from Haitian folklore and the voodoo religion.  They have been a popular type of monster for horror films (even before The Walking Dead invaded AMC on Sunday nights).  Even as time goes on, these lifeless creatures still make their ways into TV series and movies each year.

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Other than Dracula and zombies, Frankenstein also made an appearance for the event.  Frankenstein was originally written by Mary Shelley back in 1818 and he has been adapted into many works of film.  He even got his own bride in the film Bride of Frankenstein on 1935.

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As I wandered more into the exhibit, more horrific monsters hid around every corner.  Some looked really creepy in the posters while others just seemed silly.  Even still, it was intriguing to see how films were made back in day.  Many of these films existed way before I was even born, so we’ve definitely come a long way with that Hollywood magic.

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My personal favorite posters were from the films within the 60 and 70s.  Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted the infamous poster for Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? I remembered Ryan Murphy’s Feud: Bette and Joan back in the winter and the poster immediately took me back to that series (you can learn more about their tumultuous story here).

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Cruising just a few steps over and the poster for The Exorcist was hanging up.  The Exorcist was released on December 26th, 1973 and became an instant cult classic.  It’s widely regarded as one of the scariest horror films of all time (FYI, people literally passed out after watching the film in theaters!).

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Across from that were the posters for Star Wars and Aliens.  These movies were more sci-fi films, but they made significant breakthroughs in the film industry.  Aliens took horror sci-fi to a new level with the monsters in space (their marketing stunt with the egg was genius!).  Star Wars was one of many films that took over the box offices many times.  Decades later and Star Wars still remains popular to this day!

Scary-Good Background Info

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Adjacent to the posters were some tidbits about the films themselves.  Some just featured the title of the film and when it was made while others provided some juicy story about the artist behind the work.  I really learned a lot info just from reading some of the cards.

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The tidbit that really got me thinking was about the various color scheme.  On the title card for Dracula’s Daughter, Karoly Grosz explained how black and yellow that is used boldly will stand out anywhere at any time.  Yellow reflects light on a sunny day while black absorbs it, making it a powerful contrast.  Many movie posters featured yellow and black in their color scheme, which really made the artwork stand out in your eyes.

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Being a PR pro myself, I understand how important color scheme is when it comes to design.  Utilizing a good color scheme is crucial for captivating your audience.  Use the wrong type of colors and your audience will be turned off by the promotional work.

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A lot of these posters utilized important design tactics to the very fullest.  Many of them featured lots of yellow and black to draw out that contrast.

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Reading these tidbits really added some flair to these artworks.  It’s always great to read about the grand history behind the designing of these posters.  Props to the artists for creating such masterful designs!

Bizarre Guitar Art

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One of the main focal points of the exhibit were the colorful guitars.  Being a huge fan of horror movies, Kirk Hammett fueled his passion by designing his guitars with pop culture flare.  Design tactics from posters like Nosferatu and Dracula were utilized to create these colorful sleeves.

These guitar sleeves looked absolutely incredible!  I loved the detail that was put into rearranging the content from the movie poster onto the parts of the guitar.  It was one of the interesting features of the exhibit other than the posters themselves.

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That’s it for my adventures at the ‘It’s Alive!’ exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum!  The movie posters, tidbits, and colorful guitar pieces were all incredible to look at.  It’s been a long while since I have been into a museum and I was glad to finally check out this entertaining exhibit.  Who knows where my next adventure will be.

Will it be another museum?  Another philosophical walk in nature?  A conference?  Stay tuned on this blog to see what will happen next!

Halloween Horror Story!


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Happy Halloween everyone!  Today is the day to get your spectacular horror fest on.  Time to dress in your best costume and go trick-or-treating to collect all the candy you want.  Just be sure you know what’s actually inside your treats you collect.

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Oh that’s right… I’m guessing you haven’t heard of the latest tall tale.  It’s a horror story like no other, prompting you to think TWICE before collecting unusual pieces of candy.  The story happened in Los Angeles last year – three innocent boys took in a strange piece of candy, only to be in for the most bizarre night of their life.  This tale is called…Sugar High.

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Note:  The names, identity, and locations have been altered due to confidentiality purposes.  Only the story itself remain the same. 

            Three high school kids were roaming around the streets of Los Angeles on Halloween night.  One was dressed as a football player, another kid was dressed as Batman, and the other was dressed as Indiana Jones.  They’ve been wandering for hours, taking in the same types of candy each house

“I’m so sick of getting the damn Nougat bars!”, shouted the football player.  “Why can’t we get some decent candy with good flavor to it?”

“Most of these houses suck anyways.  Their decorations are looking tackier now that that stupid Star Shower got so popular”, said the Indiana Jones character.  He lured around the neighborhood as trick-or-treaters wandered around each house.

Halloween was in full bloom in Los Angeles, with hundreds of kids roaming around the streets looking for their pieces of candy.  Everyone dressed in their favorite costume for this spooky night.

“Let’s not give up yet guys!” remarked Batman.  “There was a house I heard nearby on the corner gives out plenty of good candy.  Maybe they’ll hand out something tasty for once.”

“Come on man, get real”, said the football player. “What would be so special about that small and dingy place?  It sticks out like a sore thumb in this suburban neighborhood.”

“Well I say we check it out.”, said Indiana Jones.  “I’m still wide awake for some good trick-or-treating adventure.”.

The kids took off, walking closer towards the small house on the corner.  It sat nestled between two streets, pinpointed right at the intersection.  This bright yellow house had no Halloween decorations nor were there barely any lights on.  They knocked on the door a few times, waiting for some response.  Footsteps were heard from inside the house; an old man leaning onto a cane opened up the door.

“Ah, welcome!”, said the man.  “What brings you fine boys over here?”.

They all stared at each other, weirded out by their encounter.

“Uh, well”, the football player croaked. “We…we heard you may have some tasty candy for us.  Do you have the good stuff or not, old man?”

“Let me see here”, said the old man.  He rubbed his chin as he thought about what candy he could offer.  “I think I may have something extra special for you boys.”.

As the old man went into his house, the boys looked at each other for a bit.  What special treat could they be in for?  Would this candy be tasty at all?

“There it is!”, the old man shouted. “Got some special chocolates for you!”.

Lying on the man’s hand were three individually wrapped pieces of chocolate, each in the same size.  It was milk chocolate truffle with a hard shell on the outside and oozy flavor on the inside.

Not to seem rude, the three kids consumed the chocolate. “Oh wow!”, the football player cried.  “That was definitely delicious.”

“Definitely packed in the flavor with those.”, remarked Batman as he swallowed his chocolate.

“Oh absolutely!”, said Indiana Jones.

“Wonderful!”, the old man said with a grin.  “Glad you enjoyed those special chocolates.  If you liked those chocolates, then I got a REAL Halloween treat for you inside.  Come right inside and check it out.”.

Each of the boys agreed that they weren’t scared, so they went down the steps of his house.  Step by step, the room became darker and darker.  There was no light switch around and the boys kept walking down.  At one point, the finally got to the room.  Only problem was that they couldn’t see since it was so dark.

“I don’t see anything around here guys.”, remarked the football player.  “Any of you see anything yet?  Guys?”.

“I’m actually starting to get a dizzy”, said Batman.  “Is it just me or is the room really spinning?”.

One by one, each of their visions became blurrier.  In one motion, they fell onto the ground.

After minutes have passed, the football player was in a dimly-lit room.  He grunted until finally waking up.  The creaking sounds woke him up from his small slumber.  Dark red stains covered the walls, a small light-bulb was barely shining bright, the room echoes with series of creaks and croaks.  A small door was ajar in front of him.  Weird noises were coming from the other side, specifically grunts and moans from two creatures.

“What the—”, the football player whispered.  He slowly walked towards the door, curious to see what was on the other side.

What he peeped into was simply shocking– a naked male donning a deer’s head mask was banging another man who wore a mask resembling a pig’s head.  The two men moaned in ecstasy, banging each other for the sake of pleasure.  It was the most bizarre sexual scene he ever encountered — walls splattered with blood, a lightbulb dimly light in the middle, horror-themed music playing in the background, soaked sheets that barely stretched through the bed.

At one point, the men stopped moving and slowly turned their attention towards their open door.  They noticed the football player staring right at them.

“Oh SHIT!”, he screamed.  He slammed the door shut and ran out of the room.  Those masked men ran into the door, banging as hard as they could to break it open.  The football player hid into the corner, covering his ears and eyes while rocking slowly back in forth.  Bang, bang, BANG!  That door kept banging, until one point it suddenly stopped.

After cowering for a bit, the football player got up slowly and walked towards the door.  He creaked the door open, staring around the abandoned room.  The masked men were GONE!  One minute they were lunging themselves towards him and the next minute they simply vanished.  All looked the same, except for the masked men parading through their disturbing sexual ritual.

The football player screamed, running out of the bedroom and into another dimly lit room upstairs.  He opened up the trapdoor, only to see his friend staring aimlessly at the wall.

“Holy shit!”, the football player cried as he found his friend dressed in his Indiana Jones outfit. “Thank god your alive man!  Oh my god…I can’t believe I found you here.  What happened?”

“Oh I don’t know dude”, replied Indiana Jones.  “I remember swallowing that piece of chocolate.  Next thing you know, I woke up in this strange room.  I don’t know about you, but this room sure is trippy!”.

It certainly was trippy – various rubber suits hung onto railing, each one consisting of different features.  One particular suit, which featured a large spike on top of the head, was hanging off lower.  At one point, the suit fell onto the ground.

The boys yelped, looking around to see what made a sudden noise.  As they leered around the room, the rubber suit starting moving a bit.  First its legs slowly pulled itself up, then the body itself stretched for a bit.  It needed to stretch its legs after being hung on the rail for so long.  After stretching around for a bit, the rubber suit located the two boys and slowly headed towards them.

Both boys continued to look around, until they noticed the rubber suit with the silver spike heading their ways.

“Shit, dude!  RUN!”, shouted the football player. The boys quickly headed down from the ladder as the rubber man was edging towards them.  They shut the trapdoor, hoping the rubber man wouldn’t reach them anytime soon.

Shortly afterwards, they ran into their friend (the Batman!) lying on the ground.

“Wake up, man!  WAKE UP!”, they screamed.  There was no answer; their only option was to carry him up the dimly-lit stairs.  They pulled him up into the exit and quickly lunged the door open.  The trio walked faster and faster, getting far away from the house as they could.  It was truly a nightmare to behold, but their nightmare was finally over.

To this day, the trio still don’t understand what happened.  No authority figure believed their twisted tales of the disturbing sexual ritual or the rubber man chasing after them.  All that they recounted was that they consumed the special piece of chocolate from the old man and the rest became one horrific trip.

Was this all for real?  Or was they mind playing twisted tricks on them?  What kind of candy did they consume?

Either way, this twisted tall tale certainly proves one thing – always beware of unidentified pieces of candy that come in regular plastic wrap!

Bong Appetit’s Halloweed Criss-Cross!


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Happy Halloween Eve!  Just one day left until we get to celebrate the spookiest day of the year.  We’ve got cold weather, blustery wind swishing everything around, loads of candy being handed out, and people roaming around everywhere in costumes.  The spirit of Halloween is strong these days (most especially in Salem, MA!).

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Halloween may not be as entertaining to me now that I’m an adult with REAL plans these days, but I still enjoy watching the holiday-themed content on my favorite series.  Viceland’s Bong Appetit celebrated the holiday with a special HalloWEED party (get it? Halloweed, Halloween?).    The cast and crew got into the Halloween spirit with some cannabis-infused treats for the guest; they ended the dinner party in true Bong Appetit fashion – dabbing and smoking out of creature-shaped bongs.

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But the best part about last week’s episode?  The guest starring chefs that came back to create another entrée for the menu.  Four chefs from previous episodes of Bong Appetit created their own dish, each with their own Halloween twist.  It’s time to celebrate what’s known as the Bong Appetit TV Criss-Cross!

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Our first TV criss-cross starts with David Wilcox.  David graced us with the cannabis-infused beef-tartare while dressing as a zombie for the night.  You’ll remember David back in the episode ‘Grow to Table Cuisine’ when they filmed at the ranch in Malibu.  Props to David for dressing up as a zombie while serving the beef!

Badmaash chefs Arjun and Nakul (Season 2, Episode 13)

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The Badmaash brothers Arjun and Nakul Mahendro returned to the Bong Appetit kitchen to create yet another Indian dish.  They first appeared on the episode ‘Tandoori Toke Fest’ to prepare some meals for the Indian dinner party (with some smokeable puri for afterwards!).  The eyeballs made from eggs and olives were a really creative idea for the curry they served for the Halloween feast.  Who knew that even Indian dishes could get a taste of Halloween?

Natalia Pereira (Season 2, Episode 16)

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          Brazilian chef Natalia Pereira came back to prepare the desert.  Pereira was on the last episode titled ‘Cannabis Coconut Stew’ where she created some amazing Brazilian meals.  She came back to prepare some chocolate brigadeiro spiders (infused with cannabis, of course!).

Devon Tarby (Season 1, Episode 5)

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          Last, but not least, we have the cocktail mixer Devon Tarby.  Tarby first appeared in the episode ‘Tour de Terpenes’ back in season 1.  She made those incredible cannabis-inspired cocktails that went well with those various dab rips (that apple pipe drink was easily the best concoction I EVER saw on that show!).

Devon Tarby whipped up some cocktail resembling something that looked like witch’s brew.  This bright-orange colored drink was the perfect potion to drink for Halloween.  Just like back in season one, Tarby utilized cannabis flavors to the very fullest for a creative potion drink.

That’s it for today’s TV criss-cross.  Who knows what interesting guests we’ll run into next on Bong Appetit or other series.  Until then, get ready for Halloween tomorrow!

AHS Cult: Solanas, Criss-Cross, Twisted Ending!


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Welcome back, fellow readers!  We’re officially just ONE week away until Halloween and the nights continue to get even spookier.  Tuesday nights have been very spooky lately with American Horror Story: Cult currently airing each week.

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There’s another episode coming on tonight.  If you haven’t been catching up with this season, I must say that you are DEFINITELY missing out on a cringing horror series.  This season has been…SO crazy and SO shocking (in the most awesome way!).  We haven’t seen any supernatural elements coming into play this season, but that hasn’t stopped the AHS universe from being any less bizarre.

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Last night’s episode featured a radical feminist (which was based on a true story!), a surprising TV criss-cross from some guest stars, and a SHOCKING plot twist in the very end.  Here were some of the highlights from last week’s episode to get you caught up for the season:

Valerie Solanas/Zodiac Killer

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This episode brought back AHS veteran Frances Conroy as Bebe Babbitt, a close friend of Valerie Solanas.  Bebe meets with the female members of Kai’s alliance to discuss the unique power women have.  She also discusses Valerie’s history, her attempt to murder Andy Warhol, and her work with the Zodiac killings.

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For those who don’t know, Valerie Solanas was the radical feminist who created SCUM Manifesto in 1967 and she established a feminist group to band together against the tyranny of the male figure.  Solanas was the very definition of misandry (FUN FACT: misandry is extreme hatred/prejudice of boys or men).  She attempted to kill Andy Warhol, but only injured him through one shot.

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Valerie Solanas would be admitted in and out of psychiatric care until dying of pneumonia in 1988.  She was one of the most powerful and influential feminist figures of the 20th century.  As crazy as her political stunts were, she stood by her words about men.

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While most of the story was true, the idea of Valerie being the Zodiac Killer was fiction.  Zodiac was a killer who operated from the late 60s through the early 70s.  The Zodiac Killer murdered victims in Vallejo, San Francisco, Benicia, and Lake Berryessa from December 1968 to October 1969.  Valerie Solanas and her group had nothing to do with the Zodiac killings whatsoever (that historical fiction piece was just extra content to make the tales more disturbing, which still worked!).

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Solanas’ group featured some interesting guest stars in the episode.  Two characters that stood out were Hedda and Butchy May.  AHS fans would recognize Hedda as Jamie Brewer, a veteran of the series who had a role in four chapters of the anthropology series (HORROR TV CRISS-CROSS!).  She starred as Adelaide Langdon in American Horror Story: Murder House, Nan in American Horror Story: Coven, and Marjorie in American Horror Story: Freak Show.

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The other TV criss-cross revolves around Butchy May.  Butchy May is actually Dot-Marie Jones, who had a starring role in Ryan Murphy’s other series Glee as Shannon/Sheldon Beiste.  That’s right folks – Jones returns for Murphy’s popular horror series as one of Valerie’s group member.  Two amazing TV criss-crosses under one incredible series.

Shocking Alliance

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Ok folks, I saved the best piece for last.  Near the end of the episode we see Kai watching the news about Harrison’s death.  He mentions a tidbit about followers not cooperating due to being angry amongst each other.  Kai turns his head and the camera closes up to…WAIT FOR IT…Bebe Babbitt.

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Bebe Babbitt, the crazed woman who told her tall tales about her friend Valerie, was working with Kai the ENTIRE time.  All I can say is…HOLY SHITBALLS.  I was so shocked I literally screamed “WHAT!?!?” over and over for the next few minutes.  My mind was so blown over the secret shocking alliance happening.  Just when I thought I truly understood the storyline, American Horror Story always throws in that insane twist in the middle of the season.

And there you have it – a historical fiction piece on Valerie Solanas, two amazing TV criss-crosses, and one shocking twist in the end.  Who knows what the next episode will hold for us tonight.

Be sure to catch the next episode of American Horror Story: Cult on FX at 10 PM tonight!