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The 10 Most Terrifying Television Monsters-of-the-Week

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | July 18, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | July 18, 2012 |

The Waters of Mars Crew — “Doctor Who” — In a Mars base the inhabitants are being infected by a mysterious water creature which takes over its victims. The Doctor is thrust into the middle of this catastrophe knowing a larger one is waiting around the corner.


Der Kindestod — “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” — While hospitalized with a severe case of the flu, Buffy battles a demon that sucks the life out of sick children.


Roland and the Marionette — “Fringe” — When the Fringe Team investigates a case where a victim had his heart extracted, it’s just the beginning of a series of mysterious and reanimating events tied together.


The Gremlin — “Twilight Zone” — A man, newly recovered from a nervous breakdown, becomes convinced that a monster only he sees is damaging the plane he’s flying in.


The Cannibals of Countrycide — “Torchwood” — Upon entering an apparently deserted village in the Brecon Becons, the Torchwood team is separated. Finding his people are the prey in a savage game of cat and mouse Jack faces a team of ruthless hunters far more skilled in surviving outside the confines of the city than he.


Leonard Betts — “The X-Files” — After an ambulance accident leaves Pittsburgh, PA’s EMT of the Year Leonard Betts without a head, and what’s left of his body seems to walk right out of the morgue, Mulder and Scully investigate. They find what may be evidence of evolution from man to something… cancerous.


The Living Doll — “Twilight Zone” — A frustrated father does battle with his stepdaughter’s talking doll, whose vocabulary includes such phrases as “I hate you” and “I’m going to kill you”.

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The Gentlemen — “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” — A group of murderous creatures straight out of a fairytale steal the voices of Sunnydale.


The Weeping Angels — “Doctor Who” — The Weeping Angels (also known as the Lonely Assassins) are an ancient race of aliens. Their usual mode of feeding is to send their victims back in time, feeding on the resulting energy difference. When they are not being observed by another sentient being, they can move very quickly and silently, but when they are being observed they become “quantum-locked”, occupying a single position in space. In this state, they are frozen and indestructible.


The Peacock Family — “X-Files” — The remains of an infant suffering from an uncharted amount of birth disabilities are uncovered in a field in rural Home, Pennsylvania. The only suspicious residents are three brothers who have lived on their family farm for twenty-some years. They live there alone. Or do they?


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