ByKalli Mulvey, writer at
Horror addict. Video game enthusiast. Classic film lover.
Kalli Mulvey

I have been an avid fan of the American Horror Story series since I ended up catching the finale of Season 2, American Horror Story: Asylum. I went on a binge watching spree of the episodes, then started the 1st season. Both seasons remain my favorites so far, but there is something in each season that keeps me coming back for more.

Classic horror films are my favorite to watch. Horror movies these days are not as original, mainly due to the classics and trying to overplay the same horror that was already enlisted in the originals. I've watched so many that I am willing to guess what the '6?' means.

What is the '6?':

I think that the '6?' is referring the number of the beast and will focus on a child or children being spawns of the devil. I am sure that a lot of you horror addicts are thinking this is well. I'm thinking Damien from the Omen (1976), a bit of the weird and disturbing conception in Rosemary's Baby (1968), and the creepy intelligent children from Village of the Damned (1960). I would like to see some of The Bad Seed (1956) and The Innocents (1961) mixed in there as well.

The Connection Between The Omen & Rosemary's Baby:

Since each season is connected, I think the concept of the orphanage and devil child makes a lot of sense. This is all homage to both The Omen (1976) and Rosemary's Baby (1968). I wonder whatever happen to Tate's son with Vivien? Maybe he kills Constance and ends up in an orphanage, but then is adopted into a family. I liked the idea of the Pope's Box story in Murder House. Explaining how the most unholy thing on this planet would be the abomination created from the beast lying with a human. That abomination would be evil and conniving.

What is a Bad Seed?:

In Asylum in the episode called 'Origins of Monstrosity,' there is a creepy little girl Jenny abandoned at Briarcliff. Briarcliff does not have a children's ward, but the mother decides to dump her there out of fear. This girl reminds me of the psychotic child, Rhonda, in The Bad Seed (1956). Like Rhonda, Jenny was super phony when she needed to be and knew what to say to outsmart the police. She fabricated a story about a man with a beard and a brown coat and they believed it because, honestly, it's just too hard to accept a child doing something so horrendous.

Creepy Children Make for Horrific Situations:

I'm a huge fan of the acting done by the child actor Martin Stephens. He appeared in both Village of the Damned (1960) and The Innocents (1961) and was spectacular. If they are able to find a modern day child actor as good as this guy was back in the day, then we definitely will be scared watching Season 6 of American Horror Story. Both of the characters he played were brilliant and manipulative. He plays the lead in both films.

Village of the Damned (1960) is an odd movie, it starts off with a sudden outbreak in a small town that causes time to stop and everyone falls into a deep sleep. Suddenly, after waking up, all of the women in the town of childbearing age become pregnant. Once the children are born, it is obvious that there is a connection between all of them. All have the same physical attributes, including blonde hair, eyes that glow and control people, and a rapid speed of development and growth. They also are all incredibly intelligent. Children with the ability to corrupt and control adults is a frightening thought. If the children in the new season possess this talent, then it will definitely be unsettling to watch if portrayed properly.

The Innocents (1961) is one of my favorite horror films of all time. I love the acting, the gradual descent into madness, and the use of lighting and black and white to an advantage. The film focuses on a governess and her belief that the children she is carrying for are possessed by the ghosts of two people who had died on the premises of the large estate that they live on.

Conflicted by sexual repression, it is difficult to determine whether the governess is imagining the possession or if it is truly occurring. In my opinion, the children are innocent, but they find her psychological issues to be humorous and do things to mess with her head some more.

What are you looking forward to with American Horror Story Season 6? Any other ideas what the '6?' may be referring to? Season 6 premieres on Wednesday, September 14 on FX.


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