The penultimate installment in this horror anthology did its best to try and wrap up all the insanity before the finale — but it collapsed under the weight of its own ambitions. It had some shocking moments meant to scare you (i.e. that axe scene), but it mostly just left you with a WTF look on your face. Sure, it fit with the zaniness of the season, but it likely didn’t land like the writers had intended.
Though it went on to be absolutely awesome, the first season of Buffy was ... uneven. To put it lightly. This episode stands as one of the more cringe-worthy entries, as it tries to make us fear the sexy teacher who turns out to be a (literal) praying mantis — but the effects work and awkwardness just don’t land. At all.
Even Fringe took a shot at the scary computer storyline during its run, combining some weird elements of The Ring flick in there, as well. Sure, it was a decent twist on the old 1990s evil computer story — but it just didn’t scare us like it was supposed to. Nice try.
The second episode of the series, this one focused on a body-swapping demon that was never really as scary as it was intended to be. Plus, it was a little disjointed (even for a first season episode), likely due to the fact it was a reworked version of an original, much darker script that the network scrapped for being a little too dark.
It’s a vampire story ... Smallville-style. That’s pretty much all you have to say, really. This series was a fun, guilty pleasure at its best — but this attempt at telling a scary story about a group of lady vampires at a college sorority failed to have us quaking in our boots.
Way back in the day, the original Trek series took a shot at the ole haunted house story with admittedly mixed results. The story and motivations didn’t make a whole lot of sense, and it seemed like most of the things were just happening to try and scare Kirk & Co. Sadly, it didn’t really work.
It’s one of the most famous urban horror stories in American history — how could it go wrong? In the writing, apparently, because Supernatural’s take on the classic “Hookman” killer story failed to hook just about anybody. It has all the right parts, but this one just never came together.
The concept of a killer car has been a popular one over the years, and Supernatural took its own twist on the weird modern horror story. But, yeah, it just didn’t work. The racist truck was a strange twist, but it was just really hard to be scared of this truck — as badass as they tried to make it.
One of the first sentient car stories to make it to the small screen, this Twilight Zone ep about a man’s car coming to life and forcing him to confess to a hit and run is one of those Zone-y WTF concepts you think would work. It comes off as more silly than anything, sadly.
Coming right in the middle of one of the least-liked periods of this hit series, this early season two episode spent pretty much the entire hour treading water at Hershel’s farm as the search for Sophia stumbled on. It was one of the weaker installments of the series as a whole, and was honestly more tedious that frightening. The well zombie was admittedly a neat trick — but not enough to pull this one off the list.
Oh, the 1990s. You’ve got to love ‘em. This X-Files episode focused on an evil AI that started killing people to protect itself. The only problem? The writers knew next to nothing about computers, so instead of being frightening, it’s absolutely ridiculous.
This season three episode was supposed to be a grisly murder mystery focusing on a man who claims he will be reincarnated to kill the remaining people on his list. Cool premise, sure, but the execution was weak. There are way too many characters crammed in, and the plotting just didn’t work. At all. Plus, they opted for a somewhat weird, open-ended finale that just fell flat.