The Most Terrifying TV Moments.
While Halloween brings to mind nostalgic memories of homemade costumes and neighbor-funded sugar highs, it's also ripe with emotional scars from when we got the living bejesus scared out of us. Those moments that were so freaky-deaky that we were never the same after and have been seared into the dark realms of our adult brains. Here's some of our scariest, most horrifying television moments. Read at your own risk!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s "Hush"
“Can't even shout. Can't even cry. The Gentlemen are coming by. Looking in windows. Knocking on doors. They need to take seven, and they might take yours. Can't call to mom. Can't say a word. You're gonna die screaming, but you won't be heard.”
Let’s face it, a small part of each of us believes we would be the one to survive a horror movie. So often when I rate the scare factor of any given episode, I imagine what I might have done differently to best the baddie. When it comes to my favorite series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, known for its monster of the week, I’m all but too certain I could vanquished Season four’s Adam and Season six’s Glory with ease, but The Gentleman, featured in Season 4's “Hush”, were an eerie exception. I still run from room to room shutting of my lights at night, worrying that these pale faced, metallic toothed menaces are hot on my tail. Thanks Joss.
What’s even more horrifying than the thought of Giles having a piece on the side is the Gentleman, ripped right out of fairytale lore. These floating phantoms breeze into town, with their American Horror Story: Asylum-esque escapees in tow to steal seven hearts. As it turns out, the only thing you need to do to defeat them is scream bloody murder. Easy enough for scream queen Sarah Michelle Gellar, right? Nope. The Gentleman steal the voices of their victims. What’s more petrifying than the thought of losing your life, and not being able to call out for help? This thought haunts me worse than loosing every hair of my eyebrows. The entire episode showcases only 17 minutes of dialogue, relying heavily on the Scooby Gang’s acting chops and brooding glances from Riley Finn (played by Marc Blucas) to fill the silence, and is my absolute must watch on Halloween night.
Here’s the thing, due to a certain Y-chromosome, I would have neither been picked as a potential slayer and received prophetic dreams warning me to get out of town nor did I receive my Hogwarts letter like Willow, so I would have been an organ donor for sure. -- Matt Nicholson