The X-Files (1993–2018)
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While Agent Scully is still missing, Agent Mulder embarks upon an investigation involving vampires in Los Angeles, subsequently becoming involved with a sultry female vampire who yearns to escape her lifestyle.


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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully (credit only)
Justina Vail ... The Unholy Spirit
Perrey Reeves ... Kristen Kilar
Frank Military ... The Son / John
Tom McBeath ... Detective Gwynn
Malcolm Stewart ... Commander Carver
Frank Ferrucci ... Inspector Nettles
Ken Kramer ... Dr. Browning
Roger Allford ... Garrett Lorre
Richard Yee ... David Yung
Brad Loree ... Fireman
Gustavo Moreno Gustavo Moreno ... The Father
John Tierney ... Dr. Jacobs
David Livingstone David Livingstone ... Guard


Working alone, Mulder travels to Los Angeles when a man is found dead, exsanguinated in his spa. This is the sixth such case Mulder has identified and the evidence at the crime scene is identical to that found at the others. The perpetrators are a trio of would-be vampires, but even the normally open-minded Mulder is skeptical about their real selves. That is until one of the trio is arrested and bursts into flames in his jail cell when sunlight touches him. Mulder meets someone who knows what they are and what they do. Written by garykmcd

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4 November 1994 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Gillian Anderson has the record of appearing in the most episodes of the series missing only the following five: Mulder's solo episode The X-Files: 3 (1994) (although Scully is briefly referred to in the dialogue), Skinner's episode The X-Files: Zero Sum (1997), The Lone Gunmen's episode The X-Files: Unusual Suspects (1997), the flashback episode The X-Files: Travelers (1998) and Agent Doggett's solo episode The X-Files: The Gift (2001). An additional unique instance is The X-Files: Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man (1996) where only the voice of Scully (and Mulder) is heard during the plot's present timeline. Scully does appear on screen briefly, but it's in a flashback scene edited from The X-Files: Pilot (1993). See more »


The Biblical reference written on the wall doesn't exist. The reference that Mulder makes is actually from John 6:54. See more »


Mulder: It's probably ignorance of porphyria as a disease that led to the creation of vampire myths in Asia in the Middle Ages...
Mulder: I had dismissed the possibility of the actual existence of such a creature as myth.
Dr. Browning: You are really upsetting me... On several levels.
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Featured in The X-Files: The Truth (2002) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Better in the 90s
6 August 2018 | by highbobSee all my reviews

This was the first X-Files episode that I ever saw-I got started late to the series, and I didn't realize at first what was going on. But I really did like the stylishness of the thing. The episode had a feeling of a Patrick Nagel illustration from playboy magazine-he was very popular during the 80s.

But I'm re-watching the series while I'm sick, episode by episode, and this one just doesn't work for me anymore-it's just too wan and worn out. Good Lord, their ennui is killing me. And X-Files without Scully and Mulder don't seem to be really worth the trouble.

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