There Are SO Many Sneaky Easter Eggs in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina - Did You Spot Them?

When it was first announced that Sabrina the Teenage Witch would be getting a reboot on Netflix, few were likely prepared for just how dark the new take on the classic story — which is based on a series of gritty graphic novels — would be. In the first season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina alone there are tons of references to horror movies, scary TV shows, a chilling painting, and even a particularly creepy music video. Since we have plenty of time between now and the premiere of season two, you can either painstakingly rewatch the first season to see if you can spot them yourself, or keep reading to feast your eyes on every terrifying Easter egg we could conjure up.

I Want More! Get our Celebrity & Entertainment newsletter by tapping the button below. Instant Subscribe By signing up, I agree to the Terms & to receive emails from POPSUGAR. 1. Sabrina's Rosemary's Baby Dress

The red dress with the white lace Peter Pan collar Sabrina is seen wearing early on in the season when confronting the football team in the mines, and in the final episode as she triumphantly walks through the Academy of Unseen Arts with the Weird Sisters, bears a striking resemblance to the one Mia Farrow wears in 1968's Rosemary's Baby.

See? The shade of the dress is the same and everything.

2. A Reference to Dr. Saperstein From Rosemary's Baby Reference-Dr-Saperstein-From-Rosemary-Baby.png

After nearly running a girl over with her car in the first episode, Ms. Wardwell says she'll get her all cleaned up and take her to "Dr. Saperstein" in the morning, which happens to be the same surname as the evil doctor in Rosemary's Baby.

Dr. Saperstein in all his creepy glory.

3. An Ode to Nightmare on Elm Street's Bathtub Ode-Nightmare-Elm-Street-Bathtub.png

In the first episode, Sabrina tries to relax and take a nap in her large, white clawfoot tub, which should pique the interest of Nightmare on Elm Street fans.

In Wes Craven's original, as well as the 2010 remake of the slasher, there's a scene in which Heather Langenkamp/Rooney Mara enjoy some bath time, only for Freddy Krueger's iconic glove to rise from the water between their legs. Naturally, this doesn't happen to Sabrina, but the set up is eerily similar.

4. Sabrina's Movie Theater Recreation of "Thriller" Sabrina-Movie-Theater-Recreation-Thriller.png

Sabrina Spellman is introduced to us as she gleefully watches the original version of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead, while her friends cringe in fear beside her.

The moment is remarkably similar to this sequence from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" music video, to the point that both he and Sabrina are wearing red jackets and eating popcorn.

5. Harvey Quoting Night of the Living Dead

After the movie, Harvey chases Sabrina to her house like a zombie while spouting lines of dialogue from the first scene in the classic horror flick.

Sound familiar?

6. Father Blackwood's Suspiria-Inspired Office Doors Father-Blackwood-Suspiria-Inspired-Office-Doors.png

The doors leading to Father Blackwood's office at the Academy of Unseen Arts look pretty damn close to a set of doors in the original Suspiria.

The curved motif is on doors and windows throughout the sinister dance academy at the center of Dario Argento's 1977 film.

7. The Suspiria Ceiling in the Spellman's Living Room Suspiria-Ceiling-Spellman-Living-Room.png

In addition to the doors in Father Blackwood's office is an eye-catching stained glass ceiling from Suspiria in the Spellman's living room, which can be seen during the fifth episode as Aunt Zelda reads to a group of children.

In Suspiria, an unlucky dancer plunges through the glass after a fatal encounter. While no one shatters the Spellman family's ceiling, one of the children Zelda is reading to doesn't make it out of their interaction alive either (though, to be fair, it's inside a nightmare).

8. Oh, Did You Think We Were Done With the Suspiria References? Here's Some Wallpaper, Too Oh-Did-You-Think-We-Were-Done-Suspiria-References-Here-Some-Wallpaper-Too.png

The graphic black and white motif that covers the living room at Spellman Mortuary also appears to be a nod to a scene in the original Suspiria, featuring main character Susie Bannion.

Although the wallpaper in the Suspiria scene in question is actually large flowers, and the Chilling Adventures version features black and white images of Charles Dana Gibson's Gibson Girl, it's easy to see where the set designers for the Netflix series got the idea from.

9. And Don't Forget About Suspiria's Bat Scene! Dont-Forget-About-Suspiria-Bat-Scene.png

The first episode of Chilling Adventures also sees its heroine fending off a bat that breaks through her bedroom window and flutters around on her floor until she utters a spell and kills it with a book.


In Suspiria, Susie has to fend off the same animal, only she takes it out with a stool.

10. Carrie's "Plug It Up" Chant Carrie-Plug-Up-Chant.png

When Sabrina gets overwhelmed during class and has to sprint to the girl's bathroom to throw up, there are two posters about the importance of water conservation above the sinks featuring the slogan "Plug It Up," which is a phrase repeated in Carrie.

Of course, when the girls in the locker room chant "Plug it up" at Carrie in the 1976 Stephen King adaptation, they're not talking about water . . .

11. A Haxan Poster Haxan-Poster.png

Aunt Hilda has a heart-to-heart with her niece after the Dark Baptism goes awry, and you can see a poster for Haxan, a 1922 Swedish-Danish silent horror film, on the wall in the background. Its inclusion in the set is unsurprising, given the movie's themes of satanism and demonology.

12. Susie's Eddie Munster Costume Susie-Eddie-Munster-Costume.png

For the Halloween party/birthday celebration earlier on in season one, Susie dresses as young Eddie Munster from the CBS sitcom The Munsters.

She nails the tiny werewolf's widow's peak, no?

13. The Demonic Vines From Evil Dead

As Sabrina runs through the woods to escape signing the Dark Lord's book, she's attacked by possessed vines that wrap around her arms and legs and drag her to the forest floor. It's undoubtedly a nod to the original Evil Dead, as well as the 2013 remake starring Jane Levy, though the Chilling Adventures version is far less disturbing.

After all, none of the vines go . . . well, you know.

14. Poltergeist's Most Famous Line Poltergeist-Most-Famous-Line.png

Despite initially thinking they were able to get rid of the deeply misogynist Principal Hawthorne, Sabrina, Susie, and Roz are disappointed to discover that he's returned to school when he calls Sabrina's name over the building's loudspeaker. The way Roz says, "He's baaaack" should remind you of a certain little girl in Poltergeist.

Little Carol Anne's utterances of "They're heeere" and "They're baaaack" in that sing-song voice are no doubt responsible for countless nightmares.

15. Hanging Witches Hanging-Witches.png

There are a few pretty chilling sequences over the course of the 10-episode first season that see a number of witches hanging from a tree in the woods of Greendale. Sure, witches strung up from trees for their magic crimes is nothing new in supernatural pop culture, but this scene specifically reminded us of The Conjuring.

The first film in the horror franchise — a third installment is on the way! — takes place at a haunted house in New England plagued by the spirit of a dead witch who, you guessed it, died via hanging. Even the thick, gnarled branches of the tree in the movie look like the one Sabrina stumbles upon.

16. "Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board"

To get back at Prudence, Agatha, and Dorcas for harrowing her at the Academy of the Unseen Arts, Sabrina hangs them from a tree while the group behind her chants, "Light as a feather, stiff as a board." It's an incantation that's been around for centuries, but was made popular by The Craft.

It's a fitting chant for the scene, since The Craft also features a group of witches with in-fighting problems.

17. A Discussion About The Fly Discussion-About-Fly.png

The fourth episode, "Witch Academy," begins with Sabrina and co. discussing the plot of The Fly. Susie wholeheartedly believes it's a meditation on body dysmorphia through a sci-fi lens, while Harvey thinks it's just about a dude turning into a giant fly. Moving on!

18. The Dark Baptism as Goya's Witches' Sabbath Dark-Baptism-Goya-Witches-Sabbath.jpg

There's so much going on during Sabrina's Dark Baptism that you might have missed the connection between the way the witches in the Spellmans's coven were arranged in the scene, and a print hanging in their living room.


Along with a Suspiria-inspired ceiling and wallpaper, the living room has Goya's "Witches' Sabbath" on display. As you can see above, it depicts a coven kneeling in front of Satan, who has the head of a goat just as he does in the show.

19. A Nightmare on Elm Street Crop Top Nightmare-Elm-Street-Crop-Top.png

A Nightmare on Elm Street might have made you scared to turn off the lights at night, but clearly it just inspired Harvey Kinkle's wardrobe. The lovable jock is seen wearing a crop-top with the number 10 on it in bed while using a pair of oversize headphones, just like Johnny Depp's character in the slasher.

Fortunately for Harvey, he doesn't get sucked into his bed and churned into a geyser of blood.

20. Freddy Krueger and Batibat Freddy-Krueger-Batibat.png

Batibat is a sleep demon inspired by real-life folklore, but seems to be closely related to pop culture's other favorite nightmare fiend, Freddy Krueger.

*chugs 10 Red Bulls*

21. Sleepy Hollow's Iron Maiden

In the Batibat episode, Sabrina is trapped in a nightmare by the demon that forces her to get married to Harvey, who then decides to kill his new bride by locking her inside an Iron Maiden. Blood flows from the spout at the bottom, making for a pretty gruesome scene. But you know what other freaky property has made use of this gory prop? Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow.

Johnny Depp's character, Ichabod Crane, recalls how his mother, a witch called Lady Crane, was savagely murdered by his father when he shoved her inside an Iron Maiden. Lucky for Sabrina, she survives her time within it.

22. The Loomis Last Name

In the final episode, Ms. Wardwell is feeling hungry and decides to hit up the closest possible buffet: her classroom. She lures ash*le jock Steve Loomis to the edge of the woods by disguising herself as a fellow teenager, since she can "smell virgins like a rabid dog can smell blood." Let's just say Steve never gets the chance to swipe his V-card.


For those of you too horrified by Ms. Wardwell's choice in snack to realize, Loomis is also the last name of the beleaguered psychiatrist in the Halloween films.

23. A Vomiting Scene Worthy of The Exorcist

Susie's uncle Jesse ends up getting possessed by a nasty demon who goes toe-to-toe with Sabrina. The scene has echoes of The Exorcist in a lot of ways — the deep voice, bloody skin, and ropes tying him to the bed — but the biggest is the impressive stream of vomit that explodes out of Uncle Jesse in Sabrina's direction.

Regan's pea soup will always hold a special place in our hearts, obviously.

24. Bonus: Sabrina's Magical Finger Trick

Is Sabrina the Teenage Witch a horror movie, music video, or painting by any stretch of the imagination? No! But we'd be remiss not to include Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's cute nod to the original witch.

Melissa Joan-Hart's Sabrina walked so Kiernan Shipka's Sabrina could run . . . away from possessed scarecrows.

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