However, I decided to focus on something a little different – the TV monster! Because TV has some REALLY scary creatures out that that keep you awake at night. So today I’m looking at the Top Five Scariest TV Monsters – in my opinion, and in no particular order.
Wow, that has to be my shortest intro ever! Well, let’s not break that and get to it!
Honourable Mention – The Gentlemen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Mention them to most Buffy fans and they will often curl up shaking in the corner for fear of these monstrosities. However, I haven’t actually seen this particular episode of Buffy (and have only seen a few episodes in general), but I would be remiss to not at least give them a mention. One day I’m sure I’ll get round to watching this and they probably will scare the pants off me! But for the time being, I hope you guys are ok with just a mention
The Inquisitor (Red Dwarf)
The Inquisitor has a Rogue Simulant with a God Complex. He believes that life is precious and you should live life to the fullest. If you don’t, he doesn’t just murder you – he will wipe your memory from the world and replace you with a version that, he thinks, is more deserving. What he believes is good or not seems to be questionable, as he originally believes that Cat and Rimmer lived full lives, whereas Kryten and Lister didn’t.
Anyone that thinks themselves a judge of how someone should live their lives is always a danger. But when they have the power to basically wipe you from the face of reality, they become even MORE dangerous. With his deep, demonic voice and scary appearance, The Inquisitor gave me nightmares for a very long time when I was younger. I actually consider The Inquisitor one of the most underrated villains of all time.
Few villains make me want to try and complete my multi-prize winning novel so that I can prove I’ve lived a worthy life more than The Inquisitor – so in that respect I find him pretty scary. Thank god the boys from the Dwarf were able to take him out – let’s just hope another Simulant doesn’t come up with the same idea.
The Weeping Angels (Doctor Who)
Described as the “only psychopaths in the universe to kill you nicely” by the Doctor, the Weeping Angels appear as statues of, well, angels. However, when they are not being watched, they can move. And they are very fast – so fast that even blinking can cause them to catch up with you, hence the phrase “don’t blink!” And if they touch you, they send you back in time to before you were born and absorb your potential energy. That might not necessarily be scary in itself, but imagine how YOU would feel if you were sent back to a time you weren’t familiar with. In some cases, they can break your neck, so they aren’t exactly all good.
The Angels are a simple idea, but very effective! Statues by their nature kinda have a creepy look to them, and sometimes you can feel like you are being watched. It plays on our most paranoid fears, thinking that they could come to life and attack. I once went to a wedding after they first appeared on TV and man did I feel uneasy!
The Weeping Angels have established themselves as some of the Doctor's most iconic foes, after the Cybermen and the Daleks, and not without reason. The idea that you feel you are being followed, but turn back to see nothing is a great way to play on your fears. Also knowing that they could be anywhere really amps up the tension – making their appearance on Doctor Who for the first time the scariest moment in the new series. Thanks Moffat! Now I’ll never be able to trust a statue aga…
Wait. Did I just hear something move? :
The White Walkers (Game of Thrones)
The White Walkers were supposedly a legend in Westeros – in fact, their existence is only really known to a few Northerners and Wildlings. But most of the world consider them fairy tale. However, the Walkers ARE a real threat! An undead army that grows with each new slain enemy. Led by the Night King, they are a fearsome – and seemingly indestructible enemy that could bring all of the Known World to it’s knees! The TV show states that they were created by the Children of the Forest to fight against the First Men – but turned on their masters and then were eventually defeated by a combination of the Children and the First Men. But now they are back and boy howdy are they ready to bring winter to Westeros!
It’s not just the fact that they are walking ice corpses, or the fact that they can bring the dead back as wights – but what I love most about the Walkers is how well they’ve been brought up. Up until recently, they’ve felt like a side story amongst all the ‘important’ battles, and few have paid them any attention. But when they HAVE made an appearance it’s been incredible. Hardhome is where we really see the danger they pose as they butcher an entire village of Wildlings and turn them into the undead! Worst still, Westeros isn’t prepared for them; for there is nothing that can harm them, let alone stop them! Only dragonglass, Valyrian steel or dragonfire stand any chance of harming them – and there isn’t that much of an abundance of that!
Whilst the rest of the world have fought each other, the Walkers have bided their time, building their army and waited for the right moment to strike. Because they have been built up so subtly and carefully, it makes their attack that much more devastating when they have brought down the wall. And now they even have a dragon on their side! How can they counter that?
Maybe they can’t. We’ll just have to wait two years to see what happens. All we do know is… Winter is here!
The Woodsmen (Twin Peaks)
Appearing as blackened, corpse like woodsmen, they seem to be servants of the Black Lodge – a place of pure evil. They seemed to be drawn to death and may even be working for BOB/Copper Doppelgänger. They’ve even killed when people seemingly get too close to the Black Lodge – or just because you happened to be in their way. It would be unfair to say that they killed with no rhyme or reasons but… well I dunno the rhyme, let alone the reason.
There is a story that the Woodsmen died in a fire, which would certainly explained their blackened appearance. The Log Lady’s husband was one of those souls, so it is entirely possible that maybe he might be the head of the Woodsmen. Whatever the reason, their coming is usually heralded by the sound of electricity and flashing lights. Even when they speak their voice has a gravelly, electric sound to them.
Perhaps the scariest moment of these guys is from Part 8 of The Return. Here the Woodsmen terrorise a desert community, one of them even attacks a disc jockey and takes control of the radio, repeatedly spouting some strange mantra that lulls the people to sleep. This in turn allows some strange creature to take over the body of a sleeping girl. Could this be BOB? Who knows? Either way it ends up with the disc jockeys head being crushed. But because this episode is done in black and white it makes it even scarier somehow, as most of the violence is left to your imagination.
Because we (or at least I) don’t really know their motivations, and the fact that they can just creep up on you without you realising – and not to mention that there is nothing you can do to defend yourself – make these one of the most frightening creatures in TV. If one of these guys comes up to you asking “Got a light?”, run like. ****
The Humans (The Walking Dead)
In a world ravaged by a zombie apocalypse, and with resources scarce to non-existent, the humans of the The Walking Dead have to fight for their own survival on a daily basis. And as those who follow The Walking Dead know, the humans have often had to do HORRIBLE things to ensure their own survival. Some have become scavengers, attacking people/communities to loot their resources if they have to. Some have sacrificed their loved ones – and not always for ‘noble’ reasons. Others have made themselves de-facto leaders of groups to assert power and control. And others have turned to cannibalism!
Yes there are some out there that still have some semblance of human decency, and even some communities that have tried to set up a civilised atmosphere to help their fellow human – but often these are the first to fall as more stronger candidates come forth. Humanity now has resorted to a Darwinian mentality of ‘only the strong survive’. Even the heroes of the peace are not immune to this, as Rick and his team have destroyed entire towns worth of people just to protect themselves – though often not without good reason.
The apocalypse has changed humanity in many ways, and not always for the better. They might think that the Walkers are the danger, but if you remember, the Walkers were human once before. The Walkers are an extension of the deepest savagery humans have within them. The need to destroy to ensure they live on. After all, the title The Walking Dead, I believe, refers not to the Walkers, but the humans. They are all dead, they just don’t realise it.
The Walking Dead shows us the absolute worst humanity is capable of when society breaks down. Yes there are those who are noble and brave, but equally there are those who are destructive and merciless. George R R Martin once said that the scariest things out there aren’t the monsters in fairy tales, but humans. And that is one of the reasons why I think the humans in The Walking Dead (or just Humanity in general) are the scariest monsters in TV history.
Which TV monsters keep you awake at night? Let me know, and have a great Halloween!