‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Share 1 Creepy Connection

American Horror Story fans were dismayed to learn recently that the series’ 10th season will be delayed until next year. But during the wait for a new season, devoted watchers can pass the time by rewatching old episodes. And if any of them are also fans of the old series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, they might catch sight of something that has been featured in both shows. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that in both of them, the common factor is no place you’d want to be. 

(L-R) An extra on 'Buffy, Alyson Hannigan, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Seth Green in front
(L-R) An extra on ‘Buffy, Alyson Hannigan, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Seth Green in front | John Fagerness/Getty Images

‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

According to Looper, American Horror Story hit the airwaves in 2011, and its intensely scary storylines weren’t the only unusual thing about it. Each season was conceived to be a standalone story, although there are elements from the different seasons that bleed over into each other. Throughout the nine seasons so far, American Horror Story has featured haunted houses, serial killers, witches, vampires, cults, and more terrifying things. 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, according to Vox, was a groundbreaking teen series that debuted in 1997. Although it couldn’t be considered nearly as dark as American Horror Story, it was much more gritty than most of what was on television at the time. It was also far darker than most teen dramas had ever been up until then. For seven seasons, Buffy (played by Sarah Geller) and her friends battled vampires, demons, wizards, witches, and the trials of growing up.

The two shows have some similarities, particularly in the kinds of villains they deal with. But it turns out that they share more than that. 

Both shows have visited the same house of horrors

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The first season of American Horror Story was set in a six-bedroom house that was dubbed “The Murder House.” The Harmon family moves into this lovely home, only to discover that it’s been the site of many murders, suicides, and unexplained deaths. The evil spirits who haunt the house ensure that living there does not work out well for the Harmons. The series returned to the Murder House in the eighth season, to flesh out some of the scary storylines that were left unresolved. 

But ScreenRant reports that the Murder House had already creeped viewers out a few decades before. In season four of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the same building was used as a frat house. Buffy and her friends attend a party there, only to discover that it’s also home to an ancient demon named Gachnar. The fear demon, which causes mayhem throughout the Halloween party, turns out to be comically small, squashable with Buffy’s shoe.

For fans of both series, the house shouldn’t be the only crossover that happens.

Fans want to see Buffy in ‘American Horror Story’

Many viewers feel that having their favorite Slayer show up in American Horror Story just makes sense. It turns out that this isn’t such a far-fetched idea. American Horror Story‘s creator, Ryan Murphy, has gone on the record saying that he’d love to have Gellar on the show. Gellar didn’t seem as enthusiastic about the idea, however, saying that she’s heard that the moody series shoots way past her bedtime. 

Fans are adamant that Buffy should drop by the American Horror Story universe, and the idea does have a certain logic. After all, many of the dark forces in both stories are the same. American Horror Story plot lines are also noticeably thin on happy endings, and a dose of Buffy might be a welcome breath of fresh air. 

Fans of both shows will be watching and waiting to see if Buffy will ever make another appearance in the Murder House.