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You don't have to be a film buff to figure out the movie in the third episode of American Horror Stories is fake. Nor is John Carroll Lynch's Larry Bitterman a real director. But even though Rabbit Rabbit from American Horror Stories isn't real, there are the parts of "Drive In" that are based on truth. Spoilers ahead.
Plenty of film history is peppered into the third installment of Stories, "Drive In." But thankfully, the release of the 1985 horror film Rabbit Rabbit, which allegedly led to the audience to start killing one another, is not part of real Hollywood lore. But Stories, just like its predecessor AHS, has fun blending truth with fiction. Here's what's true about the very much fake Rabbit Rabbit.
The Rabbit Rabbit Tradition
Chad might not know what prohibition was, but he does his research when it comes to the horror film he's about to see and Googles the meaning of the title, Rabbit Rabbit. He says it's an old British tradition where you say "rabbit rabbit" on the first of the month for 30 days of good luck.
According to this writer's Googling, Chad's research was pretty spot-on. The tradition is real and the Farmers' Almanac notes that the first mention of it came from the British periodical Notes And Queries in 1909. (Someone on Twitter claimed they found an earlier instance from 1905.) Either way, NPR reported the tradition started in the U.K. in the early 20th century and crossed over to America. Allegedly, even U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "Rabbit rabbit," on the first of the month for luck.