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All-time scariest TV characters -- #5: Eugene Tooms

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 24th 2007 12:00PM
eugene tooms; the x-filesCharacter: Eugene Tooms
Show: The X-Files
Episodes: "Squeeze", "Tooms"


Eugene Tooms is, hands down, the scariest monster I've ever seen on television (including my fear of some Muppets). He showed up twice during the first season of The X-Files, in episodes called "Squeeze" and "Tooms". He was a freak show who was more than 100 years old. He went into a long hibernation every 30 years after eating five human livers. Tooms had evolved so that he could lengthen his body and squeeze himself into the smallest of places, such as a toilet or an air vent. Part of what scared me about him was that he could easily bypass typical safety features in your home!

Why does Tooms stand out more than any other MOTW (Monster of the Week) on The X-Files? I suppose it's his demeanor. The actor who played him (Doug Hutchison) did so delicately and with patience. Every time Tooms would get hungry for a liver, he'd get a creepy look on his face and his eyes would turn yellow because his body was producing too much bile. Plus, Tooms rarely said anything and mystery can be super scary. I think what's so disturbing about him is that he was a normal looking guy who people wouldn't even notice, yet he was a true monster on the inside.

While Tooms still scares the holy hell out of me, the two episodes about him are among my all-time favorite X-Files episodes. I really get a thrill out of that frightening character. Also, those episodes have some of the best one-liners from Mulder that break the tension for me. An example: Mulder gets bile on his hands when he discovers Tooms next and says, "How can I get this off my fingers without betraying my cool exterior?"

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Tyciol

> Tooms had evolved so that he could lengthen his body and squeeze himself into the smallest of places, such as a toilet or an air vent.

Sounds a bit like chapter 6 of Junji Itoh's "Slug Girl" compilation entitled "Groaning Drain" http://images.wikia.com/animebaths/images/4/45/SlugGirl202.jpg

September 07 2013 at 5:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
\"Greek\" Toomey

As creepy as Tooms was, I think Hutchinson's character in The Green Mile was even creepier.

October 25 2007 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Emily

I was hoping you would mention this character. He was the best!

October 25 2007 at 9:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

This was the show that really hooked me on the X-Files. I watched it religiously until the end after this one. What amazed me was when I finally broke down and purchased the Season One DVD set was just how early this show appeared. I thought they worked up to this chilling ep but it turned out to be one of the first episodes ever. Great writing and terrific dialogue. I agree, Mulder's best line ever was the one you quoted. The best scene of the show was at the end seeing Tooms all locked up and silently making his cocoon. Great stuff!

October 24 2007 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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