TV show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB)
Air date: December 14, 1999
Streaming on Netflix?: Yes (Season 4, Episode 10)

Last year, Joss Whedon cemented his legacy for horror fans with The Cabin in the Woods, his and director/co-writer Drew Goddard's cleverly meta horror-comedy that's destined for cult classic status. Fourteen years beforehand, however, Whedon exercised his first-rate scare tactics on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, writing an episode that's moody, supernatural, and creepy as fuck, all without any dialogue.

Written and directed by Whedon, "Hush" brings forth "The Gentlemen," a group of Nosferatu lookalikes who steal voices, rendering their victims speechless as the smiling ghouls rip out their heart. Pretty gruesome stuff for The WB, huh? Somehow, Whedon convinced the network to go for it, and the resulting hour (well, 44 minutes minus commercials) is a beautiful, dark, twisted fairy tale of horror.