american horror story refs

Submitted by Anonymous:

In the scene where Larry lights his family on fire, you can see a doll sitting in a white rocking chair. That’s an homage to the Amityville house. George Lutz said that his daughter had a doll that was always sitting in a white rocking chair and that his daughter acted strange around the doll.

Part One (of many) Amityville Horror refs.

Little Lord Fauntleroy

S1E08 Rubber Man

Before siccing him on Vivien, Hayden calls Tate “Little Lord Fauntleroy.”

Little Lord Fauntleroy was a children’s novel, published in 1886 by Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden, A Little Princess), about a young American boy who learns he is heir to an English estate. His grandfather, the Earl, attempts to transform the polite boy into a true aristocrat. The novel is perhaps best known for it’s influence on American fashion, with the “Fauntleroy suit” (velvet coat and pants with a large ruffled collar) becoming popular for young boys around the time of publication.

However, Hayden doesn’t seem to be referring to the novel’s plot or fashion when calling out Tate.  

A “Little Lord Fauntleroy” is also a derogative slang term for a feminine boy, or a man that displays homosexual tendencies.

Hayden McClaine: One classy lady.

[Part One in the Hayden Thinks She’s a Lit Major series. See also: References to Tate’s Sexuality]


S1E07 Open House (and throughout the series)

A “Dolly Zoom” (or “Vertigo effect”) is a camera technique discovered by Irmin Roberts and first used in Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958). It is constructed by rolling the camera back (or forward) on a dolly while simultaneously zooming with the lens. This creates a “falling into the abyss” effect, where the focus of the shot stays the same size while its surroundings appear to stretch and distort around it.

This shot was used in Vertigo to show the main character, Scottie’s, crippling fear of heights. The film in general follows ex-detective Scottie as he investigates Madeleine, a woman who claims she has been possessed by a dead ancestor, and Judy, a mysterious woman who appears to be almost identical to Madeleine.

In episode 7 of AHS, Open House, Vivien boards the Eternal Darkness tour bus once again to hear Charles Montgomery’s full story. As the story ends, a Vertigo shot is used to close in on the house. It should be noted that this is not the only time Vertigo is referenced in AHS–many scenes throughout the series, including those in Open House, are backed by Bernard Herrmann’s legendary Vertigo score.

Helter Skelter

S1E01 Pilot

While Tate and Violet are planning to Leah, the footage jumps to a quick cut of Tate whispering “Helter Skelter” at the camera.

Helter Skelter was originally a song by the Beatles, released on The White Album. However, it is probably best known for its connection to Charles Manson.

Charles Mason taught his followers, known as “The Family,” of his visions of Helter Skelter–an apocalyptic racial war.  Mason believed that Helter Skelter would wipe out most of the planet, leaving him and The Family to rule. He also believed that The Beatles had foreseen this future, and Manson’s role in it, and left coded messages in their songs (and thus, Helter Skelter).

In order to ignite Helter Skelter, Manson sent The Family out to commit brutal murders he intended to pin on African-Americans–the most famous, arguably, being the Tate/LaBianca murders.


Lydia Deetz was a troubled young woman, misunderstood by many, whose family moved to a haunted house.  She was instantly drawn to the creepy home and soon befriended the ghosts that haunted it. 

Lydia’s other interests: crazy hats; wearing baggy, mix-matched outfits; planning her own suicide; using her tough exterior to hide an emotional core.

Sounds like our very own Violet, no?

Camus's L’Étranger (The Stranger)

S1E02 Home Invasion

While Vivien tries to foist a poison cupcake upon her daughter, Violet is pictured setting in her bed reading a book for school. This book appears to be The Stranger by Albert Camus.

The Stranger features Meursault, a man often described as indifferent and detached from humanity. He is unaffected by his own mother’s funeral and shows no remorse after committing murder. The novel as a whole deals with the idea of free will and explores philosophies such as absurdism, existentialism, and nihilism.

Does anyone notice any connections between The Stranger and AHS?

(I can only give minimal input, as I’ve never read all of The Stranger.)

The Strangers

S1E02 Home Invasion

The Strangers (2008) is a horror film about three mask-wearing strangers that torture and terrorize a couple in their vacation home. Like the group in Home Invasion, the Strangers are comprised of two women and one man. The women wear molded masks while the man wears a bag over his head (the man in home Invasion, similarly, wears a ski mask in contrast to the ladies’ molded masks).

Both groups also start their reign of terror by sending a lone female to the family’s door, posing as someone in need of help (the Stranger asking for Tamara; Fiona asking for help).

It is interesting to note that The Strangers is partly inspired by the Manson Family Murders, which American Horror Story references often.

Resident Evil

S1E01 Pilot

A young Adelaide tells the Twins “You are going to die in there,” as they enter the Murder House.

In the Resident Evil film, The Red Queen (appearing as a hologram of a young girl) tells the team “You’re all going to die down here,” as they enter The Hive.

[Note: This is a common warning/phrase in many horror and thriller films. I was just reminded of RE the most.]

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

S1E3 Murder House

Stan, the Eternal Darkness Tour guide, introduces the Harmon’s Murder House by telling of it’s original owner, Dr. Charles Montgomery, a drug addict with a “Frankenstein complex.”

Frankenstein (or The Modern Prometheus) was a horror novel penned by eighteen-year-old Mary Shelley. It chronicled the eponymous Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s attempt at creating life in his own laboratory.

To create a human-like creature, Dr. Frankenstein stitched together parts of both humans and animals (scavenging from the “dissecting-room and the slaughter-house”).

After bringing his creation to life, Dr. Frankenstein is horrified with the “monster” he sees before him. He abandons the creature and returns home to live a normal life.

Alone and confused, the “monster” is regularly berated and abused by the fearful humans he encounters. The years of abuse leave him angry and violent, searching for revenge on the humanity, and creator, who abandoned him.

Fatal Attraction

S1E05 Halloween pt. 2

In the film Fatal Attraction (1987), Dan Gallagher is stalked by his one-time mistress, Alex Forrest. Although their affair was brief, Alex is obsessed with Dan and takes drastic measures to get him back.

Alex phones Dan repeatedly before revealing that she is pregnant…and keeping the baby.

After a violent outbreak, Dan moves his family to a different state. Alex is undeterred. Her stalking continues and, at one point, Alex boils the family pet in a pot on the stove.

The craziness escalates until Alex meets her demise.


At least Hayden just nuked a bunch of tomatoes.  OR DID SHE?

dun dun dunnnnn

anonymous asked:

Constructive Criticism: You are making really bad assumptions and not researching at all. Researching before you post is like thinking before you speak. If you don't do it, you look like an ass.

Hmmm, I don’t think it’s constructive if you end your statement with “you look like an ass." 

To clear up any confusion, this is a blog that takes scenes from AHS and connects them to possible references, or expands upon things mentioned in the show. However, so far I haven’t posted anything other than refs that seem blatantly obvious. You might want to bow out now before I start posting more ambiguous ones.

[Edited to delete an assumption I made about what this was referring to. Apologies!]