Screen caps from Living in the Material World of George Harrison’s self-portraits, India, 1966

Photos: George Harrison

"It was important to me, rather than pursuing another one million dollars or another hit record, was to find out: ‘Who am I? Where have I come from? And where am I going?’" - George Harrison

We will not stand by as evil wipes out billions of innocent lives.

The only victim of the Chesapeake Ripper who lived to tell.
Is this witness watching me now? Yes.

When their eyes met across an alien cadaver, they knew it was love. 

SFX: The Ultimate Guide To Horror | The TV Terror Top 40


YEARS: 1993-2002    EPISODES: 202

The X-Files loved its gore. It loved its aliens. It loved its conspiracy theories and its unresolved sexual tension, but most of all it loved to send its two FBI agents wandering through strange places in the dark with nothing to light their way but a flashlight. And, as any horror fan can tell you, wandering around in the dark with a flashlight is a recipe for slow, creeping terror, as you never know what’s going to jump out and bite your head off…

Luckily for Agents Mulder and Scully, nothing ever did bite their heads off, but they certainly tangled with some horrific foes over their nine season run. From infamous freaky monsters (the Flukeman in “Host”) to terrifying alien intrusions (the tummy-expanding procedures performed on Scully during her abduction) to plain old gore (exploding boils in “F Emasculata”), The X-Files had so much fun pushing the boundaries of horror on prime time TV that by the time it reached its final couple of seasons, its attempt to be scary had almost become a little passé. But the lead-up was magnificent…and who would have thought that a series that tackled cannibalism, incest, human liver-munching mutants and alien viruses would have become one of the most popular shows on the planet? 

STANDOUT SCARY MOMENT: Scully being menaced by the mutant Eugene Tooms, a stretchy psycho who sneaks into your home using tiny vents or holes. 


The Matrix Reloaded - 2003