This month we’ve been counting down 50 Essential Horror Films, but if you’re more of a TV fan or find yourself short on time, we recommend checking out one of these terrifying episodes. Are you afraid to drive on highways at night? Do you find mirrors inherently scary? Have you contemplated zombie attack escape routes for multiple occasions? From classic Hitchcock and David Lynch to CW monsters and Masters of Horror pulp, there should be something here to suit everyone’s horror tolerance. So turn out the lights, crawl into your prefabricated blanket fort, and follow the links to get spooked. Is there a TV episode that still haunts you to this day? Let us know in the comments!
The X-Files: “Home” (1996)
Lauded by critics as one of the scariest TV episodes ever made, “Home” finds Mulder and Scully visiting a small rural town in Pennsylvania to investigate the death of a deformed baby who has been buried alive. Soon, they’re tailing the town creeps, or “the Peacock boys,” trying to figure out how the inbreds produced a child with no female in the household. The answer is disturbing, to say the least.
It’s also worth mentioning that “Home” has some neat TV trivia behind it: It was one of two X-Files episodes to get a viewer discretion warning and was all but banned from re-runs by Fox for its content. You can watch on either Hulu or Netflix.