WHERE THIS EVIL HAILS FROM: “Squeeze”, Season 1, Episode 3 of The X-Files
WHY THIS EVIL MADE ME FILLE THE FEAR: Tooms was one of the first villains who showcased the “monster of the week” format of the show and proved early on how eerie the show could get. For me, Tooms was all about performance, and Doug Hutchison played the human liver-eating contortionist capable of squeezing through tiny spaces in the creepiest way possible. (The fact that Hutchison turned out to be the 51 year-old man who married teen bride Courtney Stodden only adds to the creep-factor.) Tooms’ yellow-eyes and ability to dislocate his own bones were unforgettable, but the most shudder-worthy Tooms moment was when he made his home sweet home (er, cocoon-like monster pod) out of newspaper and bile.
HOW THIS EVIL STILL DOES: As a character, Tooms received positive reviews by critics and fans, and the writers of the episode loved the performance so much that they wrote another episode starring him later in Season 1, (“Tooms”). He remains one of top-rated creeps by TV critics in X-Files history.