Some of the most effective episodes of The X Files are the ones that could be real. We can all argue about whether or not aliens, werewolves and killer AI exist but when it comes to the ancient parasites and genetic mutants we’ve all got to admit that they might just exist.
Darkness Falls falls very much into this camp. As Mulder and Scully investigate the disappearance of a group of loggers they discover a long lost species of killer bugs that only attack at night. We’re back in classic horror movie territory with this episode. We have a small group of characters trapped in a secluded location and waiting to be picked off by an unseen enemy.
Darkness Falls is a fun episode. It’s a classic monster of the week and a nice stand alone episode. You don’t have to be a big X Files fan to enjoy what’s on offer here. It’s creepy and tense and although we know our heroes are going to survive the nightmare no one else is safe. The supporting cast aren’t the most likeable bunch in this episode but you’re still horrified at the grim ends some of them meet.
The insects themselves do not look too impressive. The fluorescent green lights look a little cheap but it was the early 90s what do you expect? If you’re not here for the mythology and are more into the stand alone episodes Darkness Falls is a perfectly fun way to spend 45 minutes .