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All The Brilliant Horror And Suspense Movie Homages In 'American Horror Story'

Updated March 21, 2018 3.5k votes 383 voters 36.8k views25 items

List RulesVote up the homages that hark back to your favorite horror movies.

American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy loves classic horror movies and it shows. There are dozens of classic horror references in AHS, from quick shots and bits of scoring to entire plot lines that borrow heavily from horror's greatest hits. 

Horror movie sources in American Horror Story extend from silent films to The Blair Witch Project, but Murphy gives the most love to classics from the 1970s and '80s including The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby, The Shining, and Carrie. He also delves into some more obscure horror movies, with nods to white-eyed witches in New Orleans and psychopathic teen predators in the UK. And of course some motifs, like demonic pregnancies or pig-headed murderers, are so ancient it's hard to even pin down when they first appeared on the scene.

Look back at the times American Horror Story paid homage to old movies and vote up your favorite moments.

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