The X-Files: Season 3, Episode 14

Grotesque (2 Feb. 1996)
"The X Files" Grotesque (original title)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 1,111 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 4 critic

After a serial killer, who claims to have killed people under the influence of a demon, is arrested, the murders continue. Meanwhile Mulder, who believes that the demon might have picked someone new, goes neck-deep in the investigation.



(created by),
0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 5279 titles
created 10 Dec 2011
a list of 7207 titles
created 18 Apr 2012
a list of 24 titles
created 17 Aug 2012
a list of 24 titles
created 24 May 2013
a list of 25 titles
created 07 Jul 2013

Related Items

Search for "Grotesque" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Grotesque (02 Feb 1996)

Grotesque (02 Feb 1996) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The X-Files.
« Previous Episode | 63 of 201 Episodes | Next Episode »





Episode cast overview:
Levan Uchaneishvili ...
John Mostow (as Levani)
Agent Nemhauser
Susan Bain ...
Agent Sheherlis
Kasper Michaels ...
Young Agent
Zoran Vukelic ...


The FBI arrests a serial killer John Mostow, responsible for the killing of at least 7 men. Mostow claims he was possessed by an evil spirit, a fairly common claim among serial killers as Scully points out. With Mostow in custody however, other very similar attacks occur leading Mulder to think Mostow may be telling the truth. The agent in charge of the case, the renowned Bill Patterson, doesn't think much of Mulder or the kind of cases he deals in. As the killings continue however, the evidence not only points to Mulder's theory being correct but points to the killer. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

2 February 1996 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Kurtwood Smith, who played 'Bill Patterson' in this episode, played 'Red Foreman' in _"That 70s Show" (1998)_.' His TV daughter, 'Laurie Foreman,' played by Lisa Robin Kelly, was in the preceding episode, 'Syzygy.' See more »


When Mostow's cell shutter is opened, the light from the corridor is extremely bright, yet when Mulder and Scully enter the cell the light is less harsh. At the bottom right of the door as it is opened a crew member's leg can briefly be seen, presumably taking the first, brighter light out of the frame. See more »


[about Mulder's encounter with a gargoyle]
Scully: Maybe you're just seeing what you wanted to see.
Mulder: What makes you think I'd want to see that?
See more »


Written by Mark Snow
Performed by Mark Snow
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Awesome underrated classic
1 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Grotesque is quite possibly the most underrated x file ever.

It tells the story of Agent Bill Pattersons catching of a serial killer who claimed to be possessed by an evil spirit. The killer spent his time painting and sculpting gargoyles.

As the murders and facial mutilation of young men continues Mulder and Scully begin the investigation Mulder often clashing with Patterson over the approach to violent crimes.

Mulder dives deeper and deeper into the case until it borders on insanity.

The whole episode has an edge to it, it gives the viewer little knowledge as to what exactly is happening and whose doing it.

The class in this episode is in its creation, directed by Kim Manners he creates arguably one of the darkest X files ever. Mark Snow provides a fantastic musical score and it stands apart from nearly any other x file you will see.

Im sure certain people were turned off by it abandoning some conventions of Mulder and Scullys investigative approach and teamwork they separate bitterly in this episode. In general it is far more like a stylised film than a television episode.

If you want a dark edgy atmospheric powerful thriller that really shys away from typical x file approach, combined with one of Duchovnys best performances as Fox Mulder then turn out the lights and watch Grotesque.

29 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Shortened Seasons drbaltar6
scully's character development : is she stupid The_Master_91
Checking out later seasons for 1st time, and- hiitsmewutsup-953-300236
Episode w/ clip of Eisenhower's 1961 speech? greg-m-schwartz
Happy Anniversary, The X-Files! JuMiguel
How would you receive a 'reboot' or 'reimagining'? LondoMollari1
Discuss Grotesque (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: