The best X-Files episodes to watch this Halloween

Here are our picks for the most appropriate episodes of The X-Files for your Halloween marathon.

By Micheleen Martin | Published

The adventures of FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are best known for the grandiose and often incoherent alien conspiracy mythology created by Chris Carter. But X files genres skipped all the time, allowing for stories steeped in both sci-fi and more supernatural fare perfect for an epic Halloween marathon. Here are my personal picks for the show’s best episodes for the spooky season.

“Conditions of Affection” – Season 6, Episode 7

Bruce Campbell in “In Terms of Affection”

Can your X files Halloween marathon gone wrong with Bruce Campbell? To suggest that this might be pure heresy.

At a time when the X-Files have officially disbanded — and so Mulder, of course, continues to obsessively pursue relevant cases while keeping his job — the Evil Dead icon guest starred as Wayne Weinsider ; a medical technician with multiple wives and a penchant for killing babies. Mulder begins to suspect that Weinsider is a demon who murders his own offspring because they are too human, but as usual, the unconventional federal agent only sees part of the picture.

“Madness for Two” – Season 5, Episode 19

Cynthia Preston and Brian Markinson in “Folie à Deux”

In one of the scariest X files episodes, just like on Halloween, many people wear costumes; unlike All Hallow’s Eve, however, the costumes are the less scary option.

There’s not much scarier than a monster that only you can see. In “Folie à Deux”, telemarketer Gary Lambert (Brian Markinson) takes his office hostage, raving about the fact that his boss is a monster who turns his colleagues into zombie drones. The episode had you believing that Mulder will actually look like the sane one compared to Lambert, until the crazed telemarketer jumps from him to Mulder like a disease.

“Squeeze” – Season 1, Episode 3

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Doug Hutchinson in “Squeeze”

X files didn’t take long to give fans some Halloween-worthy stories. In its third episode, the series introduced one of its first recurring villains and one of its scariest – longtime cannibal Eugene Victor Tooms played by the future The green Line starring Doug Hutchinson. Able to squeeze his body through just about any opening, no matter how narrow, while eating human livers to extend his life, Tooms is one of the scariest characters in the series’ long history. .

“Bad Blood” – Season 5, Episode 12

Patrick Renna in “Bad Blood”

For a marathon of X files on Halloween, a few laughs should also be welcome. To that end, “Bad Blood” opens perfectly, with a seemingly helpless Ronnie – played by Patrick Renna of The Sandlot fame – chased through the woods by a killer who drives a wooden stake through his heart. Before the opening credits, we learn that the killer is Mulder and, sadly, the fangs Ronnie sports are fake.

Much of the rest of the story is told in hilarious flashbacks, with Mulder and Scully both giving their own version of events and revealing exactly what each thinks of the other in the meantime. Scully sees her partner as arrogant, indifferent, and oblivious to her pain. while Mulder sees Scully as an uncooperative harpy who drops her professionalism as soon as she meets Sheriff Hartwell (Luke Wilson). And of course, the truth that Ronnie isn’t a fanged vampire turns out to be only part of the story.

“House” – Season 4, Episode 2

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Karin Konoval in “House”

Any X files The Halloween episode slate would be criminally nullified without Season 4’s “Home.” Along with featuring references to incest with a family so deeply inbred that the men are essentially super-strong, super-dense Neanderthals, “Home “survives as arguably the series’ most brutally violent episode. Incidentally, while it would be impossible to recognize her, the woman who plays the matriarch of the strange Peacock family – Karin Konoval – would go on to play the orangutan Maurice in the rebooted crop of Planet of the Apes films. .

“Detour” – Season 5, Episode 4

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From “Detour”

“Detour” grafts X files in the Florida wilderness and would give your Halloween party one of the spookiest storylines in the series. Initially just looking to delay a boring trip to a team building conference, Mulder immerses himself in an investigation of a missing hunter. Mulder, Scully and their new friends, including Star Trek: Discoveryby Anthony Rapp–soon find themselves lost in the woods prey to seemingly invisible hunters.

“Irresistible” – Season 2, episode 13

Along with Eugene Tooms, one of the few recurring “monster of the week” villains was Donnie PFaster, played to perfection by Nick Chinlund (training day) and introduced in “Irresistible”. A death fetishist who prefers his victims to be women with the right color of hair and the right color of nails to collect. X files the villain makes a perfect addition for Halloween, especially when he levels up and takes Scully herself hostage.

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