This seems like a suitably creepy end to our X-Files week. Happy 20th anniversary, everyone!
Sara N.'s picks
|The face of evil.|
When Nick Chinlund appeared years later on an episode of Gilmore Girls as a flirty Chilton parent, all I wanted to do was scream at my television, "Run, Lorelai! He'll make you wash your hair, then paint your nails and MURDER YOU."
|Oh God, he's got the ice pick! Get out now!|
|This is even scarier than clowns.|
Eugene Victor Tooms
|This boy just ain't right.|
|Aw, hell no.|
In "Never Again," Jodie Foster voiced the the sailor lady tattoo whose hallucinogenic ink convinces Ed, an angry divorced father, to commit violent acts against the women in his life. Unfortunately, one of those women is Scully, who unwisely spends the night with Ed after getting her own tattoo. Foster brings icy menace to what could have been a fatally goofy premise, and the premise of a normal guy hearing voices that drive him to murder is terrifying. This episode also focuses on discord between Mulder and Scully, which in part leads to Scully embracing the darker aspects of her nature, and it all combines into an unsettling hour of television.
I mean, just look at him. LOOK AT HIM.
Megan S.'s pick
The Peacock Family
Ah, the Peacocks. I don't know which was scarier: the ultraviolent brothers with faces only a mother could love,* the matriach who lived under the bed, or the fact that the family's house had no indoor plumbing. The monstrous group were the villains in what is probably The X-Files' most infamous episode, "Home." Partially based on a true story involving Charlie Chaplin, "Home" was the tale of the uneducated, incestuous Peacock family and the neighbors' discovery of the corpse of a deformed baby. The episode was so shocking at the time that it was banned from rebroadcasting by the Fox network. Now, even 17 years later, the horrific family is still creepy as hell.
*Yes. Yes, I went there.
Kathy F.'s pick
|Save us from the scary childrens!|
"Eve" was the first episode I watched of The X-Files, and to this day just thinking about it makes me want to huddle under a blankie. Killer psychotic clone kids — that sums it up. The adult clones were freaky enough (and Harriet Harris did an excellent job as the adult psycho Eve), but evil kids? Where's my blankie?
|Crap on a cracker, I still remember this scene. And I've seen this episode once.|