Father Gore’s been a fan of American Horror Story since the first episode of “Murder House” and ever since the series has found new ways to reinvent itself each season, offering up a different style of horror for all sorts of fans every time around. “Apocalypse” took an Antichrist story, mixed it with other various end of the world scenarios, then gave us a decidedly Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk take on how the world might end in terror.

One of the best things about the side-by-side comparison of frames is some are intended homage by the directors/writers/creators, then there are many which are totally unintended. The unintended contrasts are occasionally the best ones, because they reveal just how ingrained the horror genre has become in the collective consciousness, that creatives unknowingly recreate bits and pieces of the films which influenced them, and also that us fans carry with us from one viewing to another. A few of those exist in these “Apocalypse” side-by-sides, and several are very much intended.

All right, ramblers— let’s get rambling!
Here’s Edition #13. Indulge. And make sure to check back for the next issue, too.

Alien (1979) v. American Horror Story "Apocalypse"Ash falls apart

Alien
Directed by Ridley Scott
Cinematography by Derek Vanlint

v.

Miriam’s shot / Miriam comes apart

American Horror Story
Apocalypse, Episode 10: “Apocalypse Then”
Directed by Bradley Buecker
Cinematography by Gavin Kelly

Marshall Applewhite v. Evan PetersMarshall Herff Applewhite says goodbye
(actual video here)

Do’s Final Exit Video

v.

Evan Peters as Marshall Herff Applewhite

American Horror Story
Cult, Episode 9: “Drink the Kool-Aid”
Directed by Angela Bassett
Cinematography by Gavin Kelly

Channel Zero "Butcher's Block" v. American Horror Story "Apocalypse"The Pestilent God sacrifices a child

Channel Zero
Butcher’s Block, Episode 2: “Father Time”
Directed by Arkasha Stevenson
Cinematography by Isaac Bauman

v.

Michael Langdon does magic in a Satanic summoning circle

American Horror Story
Apocalypse, Episode 2: “The Morning After”
Directed by Jennifer Lynch
Cinematography by Gavin Kelly

Lucio Fulci homage in American Horror Story "Apocalypse"Bloody eyes and mouths
in

City of the Living Dead
Directed by Lucio Fulci
Cinematography by Sergio Salvati

v.

American Horror Story
Apocalypse, Episode 7: “Traitor”
Directed by Jennifer Lynch
Cinematography by Gavin Kelly

Prince of Darkness (1987) v. American Horror Story "Apocalypse"Reaching through to Satan on the Other Side

Prince of Darkness
Directed by John Carpenter
Cinematography by Gary B. Kibbe

v.

Satan reaches through to the Other Side

American Horror Story
Apocalypse, Episode 4: Could It Be… Satan?”
Directed by Sheree Folkson
Cinematography by Gavin Kelly

Se7e (1995) v. American Horror Story "Cult"A neon cross in John Doe’s apartment

Se7en
Directed by David Fincher
Cinematography by Darius Khondji

v.

Pastor Charles gives a sermon in front of a neon cross

American Horror Story
Cult, Episode 8: “Winter of Our Discontent”
Directed by Barbara Brown
Cinematography by Gavin Kelly

Vincent D'Onofrio in The Cell (2000) v. Dermot Mulroney in American Horror Story "Cult"Serial killer Carl Stargher is suspended by the back above one of his victims

The Cell
Directed by Tarsem Singh
Cinematography by Paul Laufer

v.

A hooded slave is suspended by his front

American Horror Story
Cult, Episode 5: “Holes”
Directed by Maggie Kiley
Cinematography by Gavin Kelly

The Houses October Built (2014) v. American Horror Story "Cult"Giggles the clown dances

The Houses October Built
Directed by Bobby Roe
Cinematography by Andrew Strahom

v.

One of the cult members wears a clown mask

American Horror Story
Cult, Episode 3: “Neighbors From Hell”
Directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Cinematography by Gavin Kelly

The Omen (1976) v. American Horror Story "Apocalypse"Damien Thorn’s Mark of the Beast

The Omen
Directed by Richard Donner
Cinematography by Gilbert Taylor

v.

Michael Langdon’s 666 birthmark

American Horror Story
Apocalypse, Episode 6: “Return to Murder House”
Directed by Sarah Paulson
Cinematography by Gavin Kelly

The Seventh Seal (1957) v. American Horror Story "Apocalypse"Death arrives to play chess

The Seventh Seal
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Cinematography by Gunnar Fischer

v.

Michael Langdon is the image of Death personified

American Horror Story
Apocalypse, Episode 5: “Boy Wonder”
Directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Cinematography by Gavin Kelly

Zodiac (2007) v. American Horror Story "Cult"The Zodiac leaves a message at one of his murder scenes

Zodiac
Directed by David Fincher
Cinematography by Harris Savides

v.

A group of women fake the Zodiac killings and leave a message at a murder scene

American Horror Story
Cult, Episode 7: “Valerie Solanas Died for Your Sins: Scumbag”
Directed by Rachel Goldberg
Cinematography by Gavin Kelly

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