American Horror Story is arguably one of the most important things in horror both film and tv wise in the 21st century. Before AHS horror had become a series of terrible re-imaginings, PG-13 remakes and artless gore porn. When American Horror Story premiered, something so bizzare and captivating had not been on TV since the early 90s.
One of the things which many horror fans loved was the various winks and nods to various horror films. The series was to classic horror as Kill Bill was to samurai and revenge flicks. And with each episode we fell that much deeper into the rabbit hole that is the mystery of Murder House.
And since we are around 7 months away from a new season, I find myself itching for more. There are only so many times you can rewatch it on Netflix or DVD. With that in mind I present 12 movies which AHS paid homage to in it’s first installment Murder House.
Rosemary’s Baby Rosemary is unknowingly impregnated with the spawn of Satan and lead to believe her husband is the father. Her nosy neighbor knows more then she lets on. She craves raw meat and feels an ominous presence in their gorgeous new New York City apartment.
The Shining Jack Torrance takes his wife and psychically inclined son to stay at a secluded hotel for the off season while he works as a caretaker. Isolation, alcoholism, and a dark presence drive Jack further into madness. Jack’s son is haunted by twin spirits who met a bloody end at the hands of their father, one of the previous winter care takers.
Halloween John carpenter’s masterpiece where in a serial killer murders his family, escapes an institution and proceeds to finish what he started all those many Halloweens ago.
The Changeling Terrifying old haunted house with a ghost who met a very violent and tragic end. A slow burning film with atmosphere and style to spare.
Funny Games A family staying at their summer home are help captive by two young men who submit them to torture and horrors over the course of one night. Arguably one of the most disturbing films ever.
Poltergeist A family moves into a new home only to be haunted by malevolent spirits. They discover their home has a dark past and is buried on top of a Aboriginal burial ground.
The Amityville Horror A family moves into a home in which the previous occupants met a violent and bloody end. Wowed by the price they ignore the murder suicide that befell previous inhabitants only to discover that the devil is in the very walls and foundation of the home.
Frankenstein A doctor intent on bringing back the dead. Willing to go to any length to make this dream come true he fashions together a creature using parts from different bodies but is unable to control the resulting creature he brings to life.
Elephant Two students ostracized by their peers and feeling alone in the world stock pile weapons and commit a massacre at their school.
The Omen A little boy the result of an unnatural coupling is raised by adoptive parents who are unaware that he is the Beast spoken of in the book of Revelation who would bring about the end of times.
Beetlejuice The ghosts living in a beautiful old home seek to scare away the new inhabitants of their home. A depressed young girl becomes drawn into a world of the strange and super natural terrors.
Don’t Look Now A couple travels to Venice after the sudden death of their daughter. A visually innovative film which has influenced thrillers and horror for decades after it’s release.