The X-Files (1993–2018)
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A rookie agent asks for Scully's help in proving that a quaint crime scene photographer is a serial killer. With some help from a bored Mulder, Scully discovers the man's actual dark secret. And an old prophecy regarding Scully comes true.


Michael W. Watkins (as Michael Watkins)


Chris Carter (created by), Vince Gilligan




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Geoffrey Lewis ... Alfred Fellig
Richard Ruccolo ... Agent Peyton Ritter
James Pickens Jr. ... Alvin Kersh
Ange Billman ... Secretary
Nicky Fane Nicky Fane ... Blue Collar Man
Naomi Matsuda ... Hooker
Mo Gallini ... Hood (as Matt Gallini)
Coby Ryan McLaughlin ... Young Agent
Lyon Reese Lyon Reese ... Second Young Agent (as Jolyon Reese)
Javier Grajeda ... Desk Sergeant
Barry Wiggins ... NYPD Detective
Don Fehmel Don Fehmel ... Ambulance EMT
Dell Yount ... Truck Driver


Agent Scully gets paired with a new partner to investigate a singular case. Alfred Fellig, a freelance crime photographer, has a knack for arriving at crime scenes shortly after the murder and long before the police arrive. Local authorities suspect Fellig may be killing the victims himself before photographing them. Written by Muldernscully

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Release Date:

24 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the opening scene, the shots of the elevator falling down the shaft are taken from the film Speed (1994), also made by 20th Century Fox. See more »


Elevators cannot crashed when the cable snaps, special breaks (the great invention of Otis) are automatically activated. See more »


Fox Mulder: [to Scully when she is called in to Kersh's office] Don't forget your toilet brush!
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Referenced in The X-Files: Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster (2016) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Enjoyable X-Files' "Monster of the Week"
19 October 2006 | by andyetrisSee all my reviews

An FBI agent from the New York City field office has an X-File: Alfred Fellig (Geoffrey Lewis), a photographer who gets to the scene - BEFORE the crime! With Mulder in hot water with Deputy Director Kirsh, Scully is sent alone to NYC to investigate the mystery. Meanwhile Mulder discovers that Mr. Fellig has been taking photographs of death for a LONG time!

This is one of the best dark episodes of season 6. It's very well done and enjoyable - I've liked Geoffrey Lewis since "The Wind and the Lion", and he turns in a fine performance.

Much of season 6 is self-parodic or derivative. This episode is a classic, and the equal of the best stuff from the Vancouver period.

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