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References 

Freaks (1932)
Serves as a main inspiraton for the Freakshow fourth season overarching story arc, freaks exploited by a male, blonde female duo, the lothario dwarf, pinhead characters Pepper and Salty, Stanley's mutilation into a freak as revenge, the stormy night pursuit of Stanley and tarring and feather of Penny's father.
The Sign of the Cross (1932)
Played during Nor'easter for the Briarcliff patients, referenced by Legless Suzi in the fourth season Freakshow as a film ringmaster Elsa plays too much and an inspiration for the Asylum second season Sister Mary Eunice and Mexican patient confrontation and her fate.
Bedlam (1946)
Inspiration for the Briarcliff aftermath story arc of Asylum the second season, inspiration for the character of Kit Walker, stemming from the gas station attendant work to incarceration and loss of loved one.
Psycho (1960)
Theme music used throughout Murder House first season, inspiration for the Gladys, Maria and R. Franklin 1960's story, from shower/bathtub to sudden violent stabbing. Dr. Oliver Thredson of Asylum the second season's killer alter-ego Bloody Face's craving to be close to the mother he no longer has with Lana Winters being inspired by the infamous Norman, Norma Bates story.
Twisted Nerve (1968)
Whistle used by Tate Langdon in the Westfield High School library shootings and used as a recurring theme throughout the Murder House first season story arc. Serves as an inspiration for the Tate Langdon character, bearing the same sociopathic, homicidal tendencies and view on the world and the noble war of one's day.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Infamous Alex DeLarge aversion therapy sequence complete with headgear and eye clamps reanacted and paid homage to with Kit Walkers' treatment by Dr. Arden in Asylum the second season.
Pigs (1972)
Inspiration for the Grace Bertrand character of Asylum the second season, her background with a sexually abusive father and the death of her parents at her hands.
Asylum of Satan (1972)
Inspiration for Sister Mary Eunice character and take-over of Briarcliff story of Asylum the second season.
The Exorcist (1973)
Inspiration for the Asylum season two Briarcliff exorcism sequence, the passing of a devil into Sister Mary Eunice and the season conflict between Sister Mary Eunice and Sister Jude.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Inspiration for the Lana Winters and Dr. Oliver Thredson/Bloody Face story arc as well as the character of Dr. Thredson, his skin mask, his home, hidden play room, freezer box for female body preservation and furniture made of skin and bowl a skull cap as well as Lana's escape being directly inspired by the 1974 Ed Gein inspired classic.
Daughters of Darkness (1975)
Inspiration for main story arc, vampiric Countess Elizabeth shares same name and is a direct homage to Delphine Seyrig.
Helter Skelter (1976) (TV Movie)
Referenced by Tate throughout the Murder House first season and inspiration for the Tate, Violet, Leah and Infantata basement sequence.
Suspiria (1977)
Inspiration for the Miss Robichaux's Academy of the third season Coven and overarching story arc inspiration, young female witches turning against one another to to assume authority and establish themselves as the supreme amongst the others, killing another, inspiration for Zoe's Seven Wonders teleportation fence death, Madison's slashed throat sequence and disposal of her corpse.
The Shining (1980)
Inspiration for Murder House story arc, people who die within place become confined to place, unable to leave, conflict between good and malevolent spirits which mean to do harm to family of three, deleted scene blood stair sequence directly paying homage to the infamous blood elevator sequence, father turned against family by spirit, sexual costume becoming the get-up of a particular spirit for sexual acts in the afterlife. Two identical twins violently killed, leaving behind entrapped malevolent spirits always trying to engage the family in their games.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
The collective nickname coined by Violet in the Murder House first season for the 1994 Westfield High library victims that resurface on Halloween to confront their killer Tate.
The Dead Pit (1989)
Inspiration for the Dr. Arthur Arden character of Asylum the second season, his disfigured human experiments, Briarcliff secret tunnel and female staff member accomplice.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Jodie Foster's famous Clarice Starling character serves as an inspiration for the Lana Winters and Dr. Oliver Thredson/Bloody Face characters of Asylum the second season
Trauma (1993)
Inspiration for the Grace Bertrand character of Asylum the second season.
Fire in the Sky (1993)
Inspiration for the Kit Walker experimentation story arc of Asylum the second season, infamous eye needle machine pierced sequence reenacted.
Se7en (1995)
Inspiration for main story arc: The Ten Commandments Killer and the killer's admiration for a young trailing detective. Detectives Mills and Somerset of the film serving as the primary inspiration for characters Detective John Lowe and Detective Hahn.
The Ugly (1997)
Inspiration for the Lana Winters Kit Walker story piece and her entry into Briarcliff in Asylum the second season.
Progeny (1998)
Inspiration for the extraterrestial story arc of Asylum the second season, abduction of Alma Walker and Grace Bertrand for experimentation resulting in forced impregnation, tracking chip in Kit Walker's neck and perfectly modified children, designed to look completely human but be vastly intelligent and fast in growth so as to go on and join the society of humans as their best.
Insidious (2010)
Theme from film used throughout the first season.

Referenced in 

Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.49 (2012) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions Mena Suvari's "American" projects.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.129 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Adam Levine is joining the show
L'Amérique et ses Fantômes (2012)
TV show analysis
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXIII (2012) (TV Episode)
Producer: A-Mike-rican Horror Scully
A Haunted House (2013)
Mentioned in dialogue
Workaholics: A TelAmerican Horror Story (2013) (TV Episode)
title reference
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.67 (2013) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the show by name.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.87 (2013) (TV Episode)
Whitney mentions the show by name.
The Queen Latifah Show: Episode #1.8 (2013) (TV Episode)
Queen Latifah mentions this television show by name
2 Broke Girls: And the Group Head (2013) (TV Episode)
Max: "I'm all the dead girls from 'American Horror Story'."
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.18 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay says that Emma Roberts from the show will be on later this week
Face Off: Naked & Painted (2013) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.40 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jim Parsons mentions that Ryan Murphy created the show
American Music Awards 2013 (2013) (TV Special)
Emma Roberts is introduced as one of the stars of "American Horror Story: Coven"
The Cinema Snob: Silent Night, Deadly Night (2013) (TV Episode)
"I saw Jessica Lange do the exact same thing on"
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.17 (2014) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions Emma Roberts appearing in the show.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.32 (2014) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the show by name.
Face Off: Mad Science (2014) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.78 (2014) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions Evan Peters appearing in the show.
Pizza (2014)
American Horror Story: Asylum poster shown
TMZ on TV: Episode dated 4 October 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
The staff mentions the show when talking about Leslie Jordan.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Sting/Jason Schwartzman/The Last Ship (2014) (TV Episode)
In his opening monologue, Jimmy mentions that the group Clowns of America International are criticizing the "Freak Show" season because its portrayal of a murderous clown feeds into the fear of clowns
73 Questions: 73 Questions with Amy Adams (2014) (TV Episode)
Amy says shewould like to cameo in this TV show.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 11 December 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Mike Greenberg reads the list of the 10 most-discussed TV shows on Facebook in 2014
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: James Spader/Margot Robbie/Tobias Jesso Jr. (2015) (TV Episode)
In his opening monologue Jimmy mentions that Lady Gaga will become a series regular on the upcoming fifth season
500 Questions: Episode #1.2 (2015) (TV Episode)
referenced in question in "Acclaimed TV Shows" category
Scream: The TV Series: Pilot (2015) (TV Episode)
One of Noah's examples of shows that work because they fit under the subgenre of Gothic Horror as opposed to Slasher Horror films in terms of what works in translating to a television series.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Connie Britton/Rita Ora/Unknown Mortal Orchestra (2015) (TV Episode)
Connie Britton refers to having been on the series
Face Off: The Gatekeepers (2015) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Keith Richards/Emma Roberts/Nate Bargatze (2015) (TV Episode)
Emma Roberts briefly refers to being in the "Freak Show" season
Awkward.: Now You See Me, Now I Don't (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Lady Gaga/Ronda Rousey/Hailee Steinfeld (2015) (TV Episode)
Lady Gaga talks about being in the upcoming fifth season
The Cinema Snob: Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (2015) (TV Episode)
"What is this, the asylum from American Horror Story?"
The Cinema Snob: Ms. Velma's Most Incredibly Magnificent Christmas Week (2015) (TV Episode)
"Ms. Velma may be my favorite of Jessica Lange's American Horror Story characters."

Featured in 

Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.159 (2012) (TV Episode)
A clip of the show featuring guest Zachary Quinto is shown.
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) (TV Special)
Nomination presentation for Jessica Lange.
2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (2013) (TV Special)
Award presentation for outstanding sound editing for a miniseries, movie or a special.
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards (2013) (TV Special)
Nomination presentation for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie, outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie, outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie, and outstanding miniseries or movie.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.19 (2013) (TV Episode)
a clip from the show starring Emma Roberts is shown
71st Golden Globe Awards (2014) (TV Special)
Nomination presentation for best mini-series or tv movie.
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014) (TV Special)
Nomination presentation for Jessica Lange.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.13 (2014) (TV Episode)
A clip of the show featuring guest Gabourey Sidibe is shown.
Unfriended (2014)
Clips of Coven appear briefly on the advertisement side of Blaire's facebook when clicks on her to news feed before searching Laura Barns.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jessica Lange/Molly Sims/Men in Blazers (2015) (TV Episode)
Seth shows a clip from Jessica Lange's series
Todd's Pop Song Reviews: The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2014: Part 1 (2015) (TV Episode)
Clip of Leo Morrison's death is used in review.
73rd Golden Globe Awards (2016) (TV Special)
Nomination presentation for best limited series or tv movie.

Spoofed in 

Family Guy: Space Cadet (2013) (TV Episode)
"Canadian Horror Story"
American Horror Story X: Teletubbies (2015) (Video)
parody
This Ain't American Horror Story XXX (2015) (Video)
XXX parody
Abelism: Merry Horror Story (2016) (TV Episode)
Hour long genre bending American Horror Story-style episode.

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