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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: 7 horror Easter eggs to look for in the set designs

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Oct 4, 2018

Greendale, the hometown of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, truly exists just outside Vancouver, British Columbia. (Well, many of the sets are built there, at least.) And SYFY FANGRRLS was lucky enough to be let loose in Greendale to explore alongside series production designer Lisa Soper.

We took an extensive tour of the thoughtfully crafted sets including the Spellman House, the Church of Night, and the Academy of the Unseen Arts. Along the way, we learned that the horror genre influences more than just a few episodes of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

In fact, there are many Easter eggs for horror fans to discover within the sets. So strap in and get ready to find all of these hidden homages when Sabrina hits Netflix on October 26.

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Professor Wardwell’s cottage

Professor Wardwell is a teacher at Baxter High School with some evil intentions. While she is Sabrina's favorite teacher, there are many details about her Sabrina isn't privy too. She keeps it all hidden inside her tiny cottage, which is a big nod to 1987's Hellraiser. The flooring, wallpaper, and the stained glass in the front window of the cottage were all inspired by the film. 

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Academy of the Unseen Arts

Clive Barker's movies aren't the only inspirations for the set decoration and production design on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The filmmaker also supplied over 150 pieces of art for set. After Soper befriended Barker, and he invited her to come down to Los Angeles to look at all of his artwork and pick pieces that worked thematically for the show. So really, Barker's influence is all over Greendale.

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The Church of Night

The Church of Night is a magical religious order that worships Satan and they obviously need somewhere to gather and praise the Dark Lord. Within the Church, which is covered in branches and beheaded statues, there's yet another nod to Hellraiser —  a mostly hidden graffiti quote from Pinhead.

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Father Blackwood's office

Father Blackwood is the Dean at the Academy of the Unseen Arts. He serves the as high priest in the Church of Night and is uber loyal to the Dark Lord aka Satan. So it's pretty fitting that the doors leading into his office were inspired by the iconic doors from the Tanz Dance Academy in 1977's Suspiria.

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The Spellman house parlor room

The Spellman House, where Sabrina lives with her aunts Hilda and Zelda and her cousin Ambrose, is full of zany items. There are shoes on the wall corresponding to spells Zelda has cast on mortals, and there's a tiny Seymour from Little Shop of Horrors in the greenhouse. But perhaps one of the most obvious horror film nods is in the parlor of the Spellman home. When standing directly in the center and looking up, you'd see a recreation which looks pretty similar to the stained glass window from Suspiria above. It's a choice that certainly sets the tone of the room.

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Ambrose's attic room

Sabrina's cousin Ambrose lives in the attic of the Spellman house, which is cluttered with odds and ends from the outside world. Since Ambrose is cursed and must stay in the home forever, photos of faraway places live the ceiling above his bed. But one disturbing item lies directly outside his room. The siding directly outside the door to his room was reclaimed from the set of Bates Motel. That's not exactly something you want to think about as you walk out to face your day each morning.

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The exterior of the Spellman house

The outside of the Spellman house is also a fun Easter egg. The design was inspired by House of the Seven Gables, a gothic novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne which has since been portrayed in film and television. The actual house is appropriately located in Salem, Massachusetts.

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