The 10 Scariest Episodes of All Time from Supernatural
As the curtain closes on the final season of Supernatural, we look back on the past 15 years and everything that made the show amazing as part of TV Guide’s Winchester Week. While we remember the best seasons and episodes, we also want to put the spotlight on the scariest episodes.
In the early years, Supernatural leaned hard on its horror elements, and each episode was full of pee-your-pants terror as Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) faced a new monster of the week. As the show focused more on overarching storylines and larger mythology than on the originality of the earlier narrative style, some of that horror disappeared. But those early seasons under creator Eric Kripke gave us a handful of episodes to look back on and which we can dub really terrifying. Even over a decade later, these episodes can scare the Bejesus out of us.
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We’ve rounded up the 10 scariest episodes of Supernatural below if you’re looking to indulge in nightmares.
1. “Provenance” (Season 1, Episode 19)
Creepy images are scary enough on their own, but when they are haunted by the murderous ghost of a little girl, the horror factor is raised to 11. Um, can someone pass the salt on?
2. “The Benders” (Season 1, Episode 15)
While you’d think one of the scariest episodes – if not the scariest episode – of a show called Supernatural would be supernatural, the monsters in “The Benders” are completely human. But the fact that it seems far too possible for a tightly knit and twisted family to abduct and hunt human prey is what makes it so terrible.
3. “Asylum” (Season 1, Episode 9)
This episode feels like a mini horror movie brought to life. Teenagers trapped in an asylum full of ghosts after spending the night on a challenge? This is classic! Good thing Sam and Dean are showing up to save the day.
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4. “Bloody Mary” (Season 1, Episode 5)
Every kid at a slumber party has probably said “Bloody Mary” three times in front of the mirror, but can you imagine if a ghost was actually chasing you for it? This episode will make you nervous about looking into a reflective surface for weeks!
5. “The kids are fine” (Season 3, Episode 2)
These demon children, who have terrible faces and soak up your life force, are sure to give you nightmares – as if children who stare at you creepily with secret intentions weren’t scary enough already.
6. “No Exit” (Season 2, Episode 6)
What’s creepier than a serial killer torturing and killing young women? The ghost of a serial killer who tortures and kills young women. Once again, Supernatural is taking something that’s already scary in real life and somehow makes it worse.
7. “Family Remains” (Season 4, Episode 11)
This supernatural episode is further evidence that humans are far more frightening than ghosts. Especially when said people are murderous children locked in the walls and tortured all their lives.
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8. “Toys” (Season 2, Episode 11)
What about that show and scary kids ?! This episode has a great haunted house thing, but it also makes us forever suspicious of “imaginary friends” of kids, just in case they are later revealed to be killer ghosts.
9. “Road Kill” (Season 2, Episode 16)
This episode is terrifying, mostly because of the twist, that the stranded woman who helped Dean and Sam throughout all of the episodes is actually a ghost herself caught in a cycle of terror. Can you imagine spending the ages from that guy you accidentally ran over with your car? No thanks.
10. “Everyone Loves a Clown” (Season 2, Episode 2)
Killer clowns. Seriously?! If you have a clown phobia (which is perfectly normal and we support you 100 percent Sam) this is an episode you may want to skip. Have these children never learned the “foreign danger”?
The series finale of Supernatural will air on Thursday, November 19th at 9 / 8c on The CW. A one-hour retrospective, Supernatural: The Long Road Home, will air before 8/7c.
In honor of the end of Supernatural after 15 seasons, TV Guide presents Winchester week, a celebration from Sam, Dean and the entire SPN family. Find out how the stars feel when they say goodbye, look back on the best episodes and moments and send us the Winchester in style.