In 1998, cult horror author Thomas Ligotti
and coworker Brandon Trenz wrote a script for an episode of The X-Files which draws more on Ligotti's style and sentiment than on Kolchalk and flying saucers. The episode, "Crampton", was never produced, but the text is online
The pop culture site DigitalSpy ran a poll to determine the most popular science fiction TV series of all time
(not including animated or 'comic book based' shows). The winner, with almost 5,000 out of 50,000 votes, was perennial British show Doctor Who (not surprising since it is a British site). But the runner-up, just a hundred votes behind, WAS surprising: '90s space station epic Babylon 5. [more inside]
"I want to believe," a core sentiment of the show and its viewers,
is a phrase that comes from an iconic item on the show: the UFO poster that hangs above the desk of FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder, everyone's favorite socially isolated, orally fixated, paranoid insomniac alien chaser. When The X-Files became a hit in the mid-'90s, this poster was found on the bedroom wall of every self-respecting X-Phile. It was a special link to the show and Mulder's hopeful yet tortured conviction that the truth was out there, shrouded in conspiracy, waiting to be uncovered.
The Star Wars galaxy
, and it's universe will expand for decades to come. In fact, it is quite likely that you won't live to see the final Star Wars movie
- a Wired article on the ever-growing paracosms
of the Star Wars
and Marvel cinematic universes
, and accolades for Chris Carter's expansive X-Files universe
YouTube user Muted Vocal changes 5 iconic creepy themes into major key: The X Files, Halloween, Saw, The Exorcist and Nightmare on Elm Street
. He does five more with Jaws, The Fog, Psycho, Phantasm and The Omen
. He expands the chipper X-Files theme out into a full track as well
Musical proof that Scully Likes Science
Monster Of The Week
), the X-files recap comic by Narbonic
creator Shaenon K. Garrity presents a guest-artist filled tribute to one of the strangest episodes of TV ever: Thirteen Ways Of Looking At Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'
The X-Files 20th anniversary reunion panel at San Diego Comic-Con
(Youtube) (Podcast version here
) (Summary and slideshow
), featuring Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, Jim Wong, John Shiban, Howard Gordon and James Amann. sex scenes
, a third movie
are discussed. The Lone Gunmen
will return in Season 10
. The Guardian picks 13 best X-Files episodes
but somehow misses Jose Chung's From Outer Space
Shaenon K. Garrity, who has more expertise than most with the humorous depiction of the paranormal and government black-ops from her webcomics Narbonic*
and Skin Horse**
uses it to do a weekly twelve-panel MAD magazine-ish recap of episodes of The X-Files in "Monster of the Week"
. So far: Pilot or They Haven't Invented the Theme Song Yet
, Deep Throat or Deep Throat Is Barely Even In This Episode
and Squeeze or The First Monster Of The Week
. [more inside]
In 1999, 23-year-old singer-songwriter Bree Sharp
recorded "David Duchovny
," a fangirl ode to the male star of The X-Files
. After the demo tape proved popular in Duchovny's trailer, two X-Files
assistants created a celebrity-filled music video as a gag for the show Christmas party. A grainy bootleg of the video quickly went pre-Youtube-viral among X-Philes. Twelve years later, a high-definition version of the "David Duchovny" video sees daylight for the first time
. [more inside]
: the following story is inspired by actual documented accounts. [more inside]
Previously, On The X-Files...
Using nine seasons of dialogue, some Markov chains, and an image generator, cortex created a site that creates somewhat thematic dialogues between X-Files characters. This results in some pretty funny dialogue
. I want to believe
. [via mefi projects
A mysterious black blob of something is floating along the Alaskan coast... and it's biological.
According to the Coast Guard, "It's definitely not an oil product of any kind." The strange goop even has a taste for flesh... "[S]omeone turned in what was left of a dead goose -- just bones and feathers..."
Keep watching the skies
- The New York Times looks back at 50s Sci Fi films in anticipation of Alien Trespass
, the new film from X-Files veteran R.K. Goodwin
. One or two of those classics haven't even been remade yet!
Charlie's Angels. Simon & Simon. 21 Jump Street. Baywatch. The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
And of course, The X-Files.
spans nearly 40 years, and his habit of using profanity onset
was immortalized in the classic episode Jose Chung's From Outer Space
(sorry, no video), but in the end, he really loved those guys,
and they loved him.
He was lured out of semi-retirement
and back to Canada to executive-produce and direct Supernatural
for the WB (later CW). Kim Manners died of lung cancer
in LA on January 25, 2009.
Boy in the Water
― The website of artist Miran Kim. Her art is characterized by an eerie, gruesome quality, which she achieves without the use of computer effects. [more inside]
Character actor Don S. Davis
, known for his portrayal
of Dana Scully's father Captain Scully on The X Files
, Major Garland Briggs on Twin Peaks
, and Colonel George Hammond on Stargate
, passed away Sunday at the age of 65
. Even if you don't remember him from those roles, if you take a look at his IMDB page
, you will probably recognize him from something. He had a gift for taking stereotypical military roles and bringing a warmth and gentleness to them. One of his final roles was in the Stargate
, which will premiere on DVD this month.
The Truth Is Still Out There [link includes embedded video, scroll down for article]
. Members of The X-Files' cast and crew (minus Anderson/Scully and Duchovny/Mulder)
discuss the myths and legends surrounding the show, as well as the upcoming new movie, at the 2008 Paley Festival
, sponsored by The Paley Center for Media
(named for broadcaster William S. Paley
, and formerly known as The Museum of Television & Radio). [Previous X-Files-related posts here.]
The opening sequence of an X-files episode, or real life?
There is a lot of Strange News
on the internet, but I particularly like ones that could be the beginning of an X-files
episode, potentially only the tip of an even stranger iceberg, yet are reliable and well documented, with photographs of the mysterious blob
, or x-rays
of strange events that the person in question can't shed light on. As a kid I once played in snow that, much like this
, soon turned out to be silk, and similarly read urban-legend-like news articles of a home suddenly plagued by thousands of large poisonous spiders, coming up from underneath it, stumping experts as well for the species was never known to be anything but solitary. I assume that frequently, the explanation is found but never makes the news, leaving the mystery unresolved to the rest of us. Many, like Monkey-man attackers
, baby zombies
and strange killer grasshoppers
have a death toll or leave scars, directly or indirectly.
There are plenty of people trying to present themselves as real life x-files
, but I'm more interested in well documented events which stand out as bizarre and creepy, without having any of that pushed upon them, and (with a bit of reckless imagination) hint at something bigger - preferably with photo goodness. You no doubt have links of your own. Why not share the better ones. (Or even make up a brief x-file-like mystery around a weird link, then post the link as if to show the story really happened :-)
"Well it's me again I would like to know what the hell you are trying to prove by using a microwave transmitter on me night and day..." The X-Files never existed, but the FBI does have Zero Files
TV series is officially over. Two years too late, probably. But the finale definately is in my list of favorite episodes. What are some of yours?
CIA's Role in the Study of UFOs
Just brushing up for this Sunday's two hour series grand finale
The X-Files have returned.
Comments? Suggestions? Mulder? Xena?
A few years back I remember seeing a news report asking whether adverse reactions to Anthrax vaccination during the Gulf War was responsible for Persian Gulf War Syndrome. How come no one is talking about this now?
If congress or the media start clambering for Anthrax Vaccinations, will anyone remember the adverse side effects suspected by many soldiers and scientists? Yes the FDA approved the Anthrax Vaccine, but there are still many questions about it's safety. The military is not unaware of the ongoing debate, but The FDA does not have an unblemished record.
This is all getting very X-Files... (scroll down to 1991)
What do Elvis
, Jackie Robinson
, and Lucille Ball
have in common? They were the first 3 'famous persons'
to have their FBI files put online
. And this
is about as close you'll
ever get to the real X-Files
Yes sir, that's my cloned alien baby!
I was concerned about this article from cnn about Clonaid going ahead with cloning a human. And then I found out Clonaid was stared by a religious group that believes ETs used genetic engineering to create life on earth. Legitimate news item or bad X-files script? (posted by Miss-Lapin)
This IS the scientific definition of the whammy...
The Scully Marathon
is coming soon to an area near you - worldwide, fans of the television series The X-Files
are getting together to watch ten of the best shows ever made, as well as raise money and awareness for neurofibromatosis
. Don't miss the boat, Starbuck.
Gadzooks!! What in the name of H-E-double-hockey-sticks is going on here?
Check on the products and then visit this
site. Then do a little WHOIS
sniffing and try to wrap your mind around the fact that they are both registered to
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
10201 W. Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035 US
sort of via memepool.
All is not lost
, well, for some atleast.
The Science Behind The X-Files
is an awesome site. Rarely updated, but still awesome.