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3.  Bloody Mary

Sam:  "The Bloody Mary legend.  Dad ever find any evidence that it was a real thing?"
Dean:  "Not that I know of."
Sam:  "I mean, everywhere else, all over the country "“ kids play Bloody Mary, and as far as we know, nobody dies from it."
Dean:  "Well, maybe everywhere it's just a story, but here it's actually happening."

I think a lot of people can identify with this one.  I know I can.  The terror of my junior high days consisted of girls daring each other to go into the school bathroom, shut the lights off, and say "Bloody Mary" into the mirror three times.  Looking back, I think the point of the game was to see who could play the more convincing actress, as each girl would come out with some story about having seen something.  I can't remember specifically participating in such games, probably because I was too superstitious (my personal motto is to not mess with any of that kind of stuff, even in jest).  But I do remember times when I was so freaked out I couldn't walk past a mirror in my parent's house at night.  So "Bloody Mary" is another hard episode to watch with my eyes open.  

That being said, the scariest scene, hands down, is when "Mary" crawls out of the broken mirror.  The jerky movements and stringy hair make it a truly horrifying moment.  


# nuke333 2012-08-13 00:02
Great list! I love looking back at those old creepy episodes. The scariest one for me, however, will always be the pilot episode. I always close my eyes during the nightmarish last ten minutes.
# Melanie869 2012-08-13 00:05
I wholeheartedly concur. The pilot was the scariest ep for me, then Scarecrow.
# LEAH D 2012-08-13 02:46
All good choices especially Scarecrow, Something Wicked and Pilot. Bugs gave me the heebie jeebies more than actual scares but I get it. I also found Wendigo and The Kids Are Alright very creepy. That tall, fugly cannibal lurking around peoples tents at night, looking for a meal, is my idea of scary. And those sucker-faced changling kids, yikes.
# fanotheboyz 2012-08-14 23:10
Yes, the scene where the mom lets the car go into the lake only to go back home and find the little girl sitting in the kitchen?...BBLE CK! Totally had the hair on the back of my neck bristling!
# saumya 2012-08-13 03:44
i absolutely support you in the point that gory and scary are two different things..!! SAW movies are a perfect example for that.. i don't get scared by watching them (and i saw only the first part that too only half) but i was not scared infact i felt gross..!! and all the above mentions are really appropriate..!! though i was not scared it still gave me the jitters.. when i watched those episodes..!! thanks for the article..!!
# PaintedWolf 2012-08-13 08:36
Good choices Bamboo24!
I totally agree with Bloody Mary. When she crawled out of that mirror, the way she moved was just so freaking...unna tural, it creeped me right out. Same with those feral kids in Family Remains. That scene where the girl thinks it's her dog? Yikes!
Honestly, I'm a bit of a horror junkie, and so is my mom so a lot of the stuff doesn't really bother me that much since I've been watching it since I was old enough to not get sent to bed (and a few times I snuck back too). I think what tends to get me, at least on this show is when it turns out to be humans. I think that's why I was so disturbed by Repo Man, too. It was a person who was actually the messed up one. "Demons I get, people are crazy"
# eilf 2012-08-13 12:31
I agree that gore isn't very scary. And I don't really find Supernatural scary at all (the scares are not the reason why I am addicted to it!) but there are moments...

Creepy is way scarier than gory. Dean being close to the Scarecrow (which IS moving!) is one of those moments. Sam has a similar moment where he is close to the waxwork of Abraham Lincoln. All the Bloody Mary reflections are scary too.

However my scary moment is from 'The Usual Suspects'. It is the scene where the ghost appears to the police woman in the basement and gets really close to the screen very suddenly. I was watching that episode while falling asleep (wearing earphones) the music gets loud suddenly and I opened my eyes just as she runs at the screen - this is not something I recommend doing unless your heart is good and strong :D

Last thing - watch the very opening scene of the first episode. There is a branch shadow crawling along the wall of the house in a way that doesn't appear possible - that's pretty spooky!
# Sylvie 2012-08-13 12:33
Loved all your choices. Bare with me, this is going to get a little winded.

"No Exit" really creeped me out, because I had read "Devil in the White City" by Erik Larsen, about H.H. Holmes during the Chicago World's fair. Pick it up, it's well worth it. Also "Home" scared the bejesus out of me for the same reason as "Poltergeist" did. My whole childhood I was afraid of whatever was in my closet. To this day, I will not sleep with the closet door open and I will always face it before going to sleep. That way, when something jumps out, I'll see it and run (hopefully). In "Bloody Mary", the girl at the end was like the girl coming out of the tv in "The Ring". Sooo scary! But one of the episodes that scares me a whole lot is "The Benders". There's just something about hillbillies getting their jollies off by catching people and chasing them like animals. There was an episode of the X-Files (season 4 I think) called "Home" (I think) about a family that turn out to be inbreds. It's one of the scariest hours of tv I've ever seen and "The Benders" reminds me of that episode. And if I'm not mistaken, Kim Manners was the director.

Thanks for the creepy walk down memory lane.
# Redheadedali 2012-08-13 15:02
Sylvie, I thought of that X-Files episode during "The Benders" and "Family Remains". It was definitely the creepiest X-Files and just generally one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen.
# Sylvie 2012-08-13 15:35
Oh yeah, Dean said it best, "Monsters I get, people are crazy".
# hartbroknagn 2012-08-13 14:51
Great list. I have to say, the two that freak me out the most are "Bloody Mary" and "Bugs". The thing about "Bloody Mary" is I cannot watch people that do not walk in an upright position in a flowing manner. The way she crawled out of the mirror made me feel a little nauseous. As for "Bugs", that is the only episode I have never seen because, well, I hate bugs. I don't want to see my boys in danger from any bugs. Yuck.
# Redheadedali 2012-08-13 14:54
I have never been able to handle horror movies; part of the reason it took me a long time to actually sit down and watch Supernatural was that I was worried it would scare me too much. Once I actually got into the series, I decided it really wasn't so bad - with one exception. The only episode that well and truly freaked me out (like, to the point where I had a hard time going to sleep that night) was "Bloody Mary". Because... just... *shudder* (If there are any Doctor Who fans in the house, I had the same reaction to "Blink", although I think the Weeping Angels get less scary the more we see them.)
# eilf 2012-08-13 15:11
For me the angels on Blink are the best scares I have ever seen on a TV show. They actually have you looking over your shoulder while watching in case they are behind you!
# Sylvie 2012-08-13 15:29
I don't know Doctor Who well enough, but bleeding statues are indeed pretty darn freaky. So let me ask the Buffy fans, what about "Hush" where everybody loses their voice. I had chills with that one, those guys were so creepy. Reminded me of the bad guys in "Dark City".
Moriarty The Demon
# Moriarty The Demon 2015-02-22 14:42
Oh shit, do you mean the Gentlemen? Now those... those were fugly. Fugly and scary. I think one of the scariest Buffy characters was the monster from 'Killed By Death', the hospital episode with that FUGLY creature with the terrifying face that basically sucked the life out of kids? Der Kindestod? That creature gave me nightmares when I was a kid. The Weeping Angels -were- rather creepy, but I was only scared for a bit before I figured that it would be pretty cool to be sent into the past, so eh.
# Bevie 2012-08-13 15:50
I don't watch for the horror either, but sometimes it does register.

Scarecrow gave me the creeps and still does after many many viewings. Scariest scarecrow ever! Dude, you fugly!

Provenance is one not mentioned here, but it gets to me every time with that weird creepy painting and that menacing little girl with the straight razor and dolly. Yikes!

The cannibal Benders are frightening because they are human and I remembered a news story about a farmer in the country who had people strung up like cattle carcases in his house and books with human skin covers, so it can happen really! Stomach turning human monster stuff! And that X-Files episode "Home" was an absolute creep-fest!

First time I saw Bloody Mary I was chilled spotting her in the mirrors. After seeing it many many times the fright has faded, but I still enjoy it immensely. When I was a kid I heard an episoe of "The Shadow" (yes I'm that old!) in which a guy gets up in the night to visit the john and sees a floating greenish skull in the bathroom mirror which freaks him out obviously. Turned out he had some kind of disease that made his bones glow in the dark, and it was himself he was seeing. After that, for years, at night I would NEVER look in a mirror I walked by. And in the daytime I was always looking for something in them that shouldn't be there. Maybe part of the blame should be on "Alice Through the Looking Glass" which I loved as a kid.

Great article!
# PENNY JAIME 2012-08-13 18:23
The little girl coming out of the painting was a good one. I have watched horror movies all my life, and I think I'm jaded. Not much really scares me. The thing that gets to me the most on the show isn't any specific episode. It's when the ghosts, demons, and even angels take control of people. I make enough stupid mistakes on my own. I don't need any help! But, not being able to contol your own actions. Like the woman described in Children are Our Future. That is just creepy!!
Y vonne
# Y vonne 2012-08-14 20:56
Great list. You hit many of my own "high" points.
But for me, the scariest episode is "My Bloody Valentine" Famine creeped me out like no other Supernatural monster. I STILL hide behind my hands for him! I've even, on occasion, simply fast forwarded through his parts even though I know what the end is!
# Sinead 2012-08-25 00:47
I found Family Remains by far the scariest episode! I have seen all the seasons many many times and it still freaks me out! it might be the only episode I have ever turned off from being creeped out!

I don't find Bugs scary at all though so it wouldn't be on my list, its such a silly episode!

Great list!
Noella Vicci
# Noella Vicci 2012-09-16 19:24
I have to say that the scariest episode for me that I've ever watched has to be Bloody Mary, i mean, that was just downright creepy and I will NEVER say bloody mary in the mirror even on a dare, and in the middle of the night when I have to use the restroom, I avoid the mirrors. She was SCARY. Close seconds as to the scariest eps are probably Something Wicked with the weirdo creep witch and the episode with the cannibal kids living in that house. Also the scarecrow. *shiver*
# Ruth 2012-12-28 00:14
No idea how late to the game I am, but: Family Remains, hands down. Wendigo was pretty creepy at points, too, as was Bloody Mary.
# CanYouSonicMeDean 2013-06-03 17:11
Family Remains, closely followed by The Benders. The ones that scare me are the ones with humans. Not monsters or demons or ghosts that are naturally evil, but human beings that are actually capable of doing such God-awful things... ugh. That moment when the little girl steps over the salt line in Family Remains gave me nightmares for weeks.