There are so many reasons to love our stories, from the steamy and romantic moments to the crazy and psychotic ones, there really is something for everyone. This Halloween, Soaps.com would like to reminisce about all the crazy with our Top 20 Creepiest Moments in soap opera history.
20. Sheridan captive in the pit on Passions.
If "The Silence of the Lambs" were to meet "The Crying Game" you might get something like what happened in Beth Wallace’s (Kelli McCarty) basement in Harmony. With the help of Charlie (Jordan Baker), she kept a pregnant Sheridan in a pit in her basement just so she could steal her baby to pass it off as her own. Charlie split town after it was over, but it turned out that Charlie was really Alistair Crane (Bill Dempsey-body/Alan Oppenheimer-voice) - Sheridan’s own daddy - dressed as a woman.
19. Vivian burying Carly alive on Days of our Lives.
Back in 1993, Vivian (Louise Sorel) became obsessed with her grandnephew Nicholas (Erik von Detten), so she decided the best thing to do would be to stage his mother Carly’s (Crystal Chappell) death and then bury her alive to get her out of the picture. And she did it too, with an elaborate coffin setup with air tanks and a speaker so Vivian could keep her abreast of life above ground. Carly was eventually rescued by Lawrence (Michael Sabatino), but not before she had slipped into a coma.
18. Greg Madden buried alive on All My Children.
Yes, another buried alive plot, but it has been a reliable and fearsome plot device since the days of Edgar Allan Poe. This one makes the list because Greg (Ian Buchanan) actually died because of it. Tad (Michael E. Knight) stuck Greg in a coffin with a speaker and microphone in order to torture info out of him about Emma (Lucy Merriam). His plan backfired when an earthquake hit Pine Valley and Greg’s coffin caved in on him, crushing him. The scariest part was the autopsy, when it was revealed how desperate he had been to escape his coffin, with splinters embedded in his nails and sores he had developed from lying in his own waste. Horrifying.
17. Allison Perkins’ return on "One Life To Live."
While the future of "One Life To Live" is on hold for now, we can’t stop thinking about that totally-terrifying scream Natalie (Melissa Archer) let loose when she found her one-time kidnapper and all-around psycho Allison Perkins (Barbara Garrick) hovering over her father Clint (Jerry verDorn) in the Llanview hospital with a syringe. If this was the last time we got to see these characters, it was certainly on a chilling – and ear-piercing - note.
16. The Masked Mary murders on General Hospital.
Mary Bishop (Catherine Wadkins) was a suicidal widow who made an amnesiac Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) believe they were husband and wife, all while commiserating with his fiancée Emily (Natalia Livingston) over their lost loves. She had some serious issues. Mary eventually snapped and hunted Emily at the Quartermaine estate, killing anyone she came across, including Sage Alcazar (Katie Stewart) and Trent Parker (Trent Cameron). While she and Emily struggled over a butcher knife, Emily ripped off the mask to a shocking reveal. Mary died in the hospital, but not before assuring Emily she would never be happy.
15. Adam’s return from the dead on As The World Turns.
In 2007, Adam (Matt Cavenaugh) was presumed dead after a serious conk to the head by Maddie (Alexandra Chando) with a tree limb while he was attempting to rape Gwen (Jennifer Landon). In true soap fashion, Adam was not dead at all, but in hiding, and sending anonymous packages to Gwen. He finally went into attack mode while Gwen and Maddie were trying to unwind in an old, secluded cabin. He bashed Maddie in the head with a tree limb – tit for tat - and tried to rape Gwen yet again. He was stopped by his brothers Will (Jesse Soffer) and Casey (Billy Magnussen), but before they arrived the scene in the cabin was pretty dicey.
14. Carly’s funhouse kidnapping on As The World Turns.
When Oakdale's Jack (Michael Park) found Carly (Maura West), she not only popped out of a coffin – complete with fog machine effects – but she was totally old. Jack promised her he would love her no matter what she looked like, but that didn’t stop her blood-curdling screams when she saw herself in the cringe-inducing hall of mirrors as he tried to sneak her past.
13. The General Homicide murders on Port Charles.
Before things got otherworldly-weird in Port Charles, we were still totally creeped out by this string of murders in the hospital based on a novel penned by Dr. Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom). One of the more memorable deaths was of a strangled nurse dressed as a clown during a circus celebration for sick children. Not fun.
12. The Salem Strangler on Days.
Back in the early 80s, Salem was terrorized by a strangler who ended up being Jake Kositchek (Jack Coleman), a man devastated when the woman he was to marry had a split personality, and the prostitute side of her ditched him at the altar. Ouch. He snapped and killed Samantha Evans (Andrea Hall-Lovell) although his target was really Marlena (Deidre Hall). He almost killed Renee DuMonde (Philece Sampler) too, but she escaped and Jack died before facing his charges in court.
11. Ryan stalking Felicia on General Hospital.
When serial kill Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) came to Port Charles, it was to follow Felicia, who had witnessed him commit a murder, but traumatized, she had blocked out those memories. That left Ryan open to terrorize and stalk her before he was locked up in a mental institution. When his twin brother Kevin arrived in town some time later, Felicia (Kristina Wagner) brought the stalking charges against him instead.
10. Project Orpheus on All My Children.
There weren’t many lines Dr. David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) wouldn’t cross, and that included extreme experiments on patients that brought them back from the dead. Greenlee got her hopes up that Leo was one of the lab rats after she was saved by David, but it wasn’t to be. He did however manage to bring back from the dead Maria Santos (Eva La Rue), Dixie Martin (Cady McClain), Zach Slater (Thorsten Kaye) and Stuart Chandler (David Canary). Viewers were left wondering who else would be revived, but the storyline ended with the first finale.