Thursday, August 11, 2016
The X-Files Episode That Was Banned!
It's hard to believe that a TV series meant to be unsettling and scary could actually make an episode that after airing was considered too scary and not shown again. Leave it to "X-Files" to come up with just that episode!
The plot seems straightforward enough. On October 11, 1996 the "X-Files" new episode was entitled, "Home." It was about an inbred family of feral men live in a farm in rural Pennsylvania. When a kid is found dead in the area, the investigators come in to see what happened.
When they investigate the odd Peacock family in the farmhouse, they find a quadruple amputee under the bed on a car repair dolly on wheels. She had been breeding with her sons for years and putting out deformed babies and stillborn ones.
The episode was so disturbing that it was decided the public wasn't ready to see that again. Later on, channels like FX did show it and Halloween specials released it again, but the network stayed away. You can find this episode two of season four on DVD.
It was disturbing on many levels; creepy location, incestuous inbreds, a baby buried alive, a terrifying showdown and crazy ending. It was just all around awesome on the "unsettle me, please" scale!
Surprisingly, the idea came from Charlie Chaplin's autobiography. He told of staying in a tenement where the owners had a son that was a quadruple amputee they kept under the bed and would pull out to feed and dance around with him in a most disturbing scenario.
Yup, sometimes real life is just the freaky inspiration for fiction.
I have the entire series and it's on there. It's a very disturbing one, but not my favorite episode although close.
I purely liked the monster episodes on X-Files. I was not into conspiracy/government themes. My favorite episode ever was "Darkness Falls," season one episode 20. The dynamic duo goes out to explore the Northwest woods in search of eco-terrorists and find something cocooning bodies in the woods.