A group of loggers working in a remote forest unearths thousands of deadly insectlike creatures that paralyze and cocoon their victims.



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Larry Moore
Steve Humphreys
Doug Spinney
David Hay ...
Clean Suited Man
Barry Greene ...
Bob Perkins


Mulder and Scully head off to the Pacific Northwest when there are reports that 30 loggers seem to have simply disappeared. Mulder is aware of a similar case for the 1930s and along with a Forest Ranger and a representative of the logging company, the agents head off into the woods. They know that environmental activists are active in the area and when they come across one of them, he says that a swarm of bugs that only comes out at night is responsible for the deaths. A body they find wrapped in a bug cocoon seems to bear out his claim. With no way to communicate with the outside world and with the gas for the generator running low, they have to find a way to survive. Written by garykmcd

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15 April 1994 (USA)  »

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Heavy rains kept interrupting the filming of this episode. See more »


The bugs do not swarm in light - it does not cross anyone's mind to actually light a bonfire - after all they are in a wood with newly felled trees and branches all around them. See more »


Mulder: Come on, Scully, it'll be a nice trip to the forest.
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Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »


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Isty Bitsy Spider
23 July 2007 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

Darkness Falls the Limerick:

Loggers go cut down a tree

And let mini spiders go free

They come out at night

But stay out of the light

Sucking moisture out of you and me.

Ah, Darkness Falls. What sweet sweet classic x-files. I have to say this is one of my favorites from Season 1. Where shall I start? I love the atmosphere used for this episode. The loggers in the forest. It appears to be late fall. There are so many beautiful camera shots of sunrising and sunset as well as cloud overcast on the mountains. I love this type of weather. Another interesting thing about the atmosphere for the episode mixed with the actual subject: I remember a movie I saw on the SciFi channel a long time ago at about 2am at my grandmother's house. It was about giant mosquito's who were flying around sucking camper's completely dry and a group of people were trying to fight them off all night by hiding in houses and such until sunrise. It was very very similar to this episode. I also enjoy some of the old school special effects that were used in this episode. I am noticing that some of these old school effects seem so much more authentic x-files to me than the later episodes after the show moved to Hollywood. What else do I love about this episode? Spinney's mustache! Oh and the wonderful humor. "The victim appears to be a male." "Barely." Mulder humor is great. Great episode 10/10.

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