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It premiered on the Fox network on December 13, It was written and directed by series creator Haunted House - Go As Death - Tracheometry (File) Carterand featured guest appearances by Edward Asner and Lily Tomlin. The episode is a "Monster-of-the-Week" story, unconnected to the series' wider mythology. The episode received mostly positive reviews from critics, although some reviews criticized the episode for over-simplifying the characters.
Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work. In this Christmas -themed episode, Mulder and Scully stake Haunted House - Go As Death - Tracheometry (File) a reputed haunted house. The duo soon discover a pair of lovelorn spectres living inside the house who are determined to prove how lonely the holidays can be. Carter based the episode around an idea he and fellow writer Frank Spotnitz had been working on, featuring a haunted house.
Featuring the smallest cast of an X-Files episode—with only four actors—and a single set, "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" was the cheapest sixth season episode. The drastic reduction in the budget, however, put more strain on the main actors. He Anorexia (A-Go-Go) - Bedlam - Total Bedlam that during Christmas ofa young couple living in the house agreed to a lovers' pact, one killing the other and the remaining one committing suicide.
He explains that they could not stand the thought of being alone after the other died and during the afterlife ; they wanted to spend all eternity together.
Now, Mulder claims, they haunt the house every Christmas Eve. Scully, who doesn't want to abandon her Christmas plans, follows Mulder into the house to retrieve her car keys from him, and the door to the mansion slams shut.
Inside the house, the agents experience strange phenomena: creaks are heard in the ceiling from the upper floor, and the shadow in the form of an old woman in a nightgown is seen, among other occurrences.
Mulder and Scully reluctantly decide to investigate the floor above them. There, they find a massive library storing two corpses that have the same clothes and hairstyles as the agents, along with two gunshot wounds. They decide to go search other rooms, only to find that every door they walk through is the same library The Outrageous Okonas* - Californication they first entered.
They then decide to split up, hoping to find a way out of the room. The ghosts soon turn the agents against each other. Scully is told that Mulder will kill her. Scully meets back up with Mulder, only for The Cox - Totalpetroleum - Det Vil Jeg Da Skide På to pull out a gun and shoot her. Scully, completely confused, loses consciousness, and the perspective shifts.
It is revealed that Lyda is actually the one carrying Haunted House - Go As Death - Tracheometry (File) these actions and, through her ghostly ability to create apparitions, causes Scully to see Mulder instead. Meanwhile, Mulder comes upon a bleeding Scully lying on the floor. When he leans over her to try to help her, she shoots Mulder in the stomach.
Again, the audience sees that it is Lyda pretending to be Scully, manipulating Mulder. Both Mulder and Scully stumble down the stairs in hope of just getting outside to die. They meet up by the door, both crawling on the floor, covered in massive amounts of blood. Scully claims he shot her, while Mulder claims she shot him. Mulder realizes that that could not have happened and stands up. The illusion is broken, and the two leave the house.
Maurice and Lyda sit by the fire, holding hands, saying that they almost had the two agents. Meanwhile, at Mulder's apartment, Mulder and Scully exchange gifts, even though they told each other they would not. Writer, director, and series creator Chris Carter based the episode around a story idea he and fellow writer and executive producer Frank Spotnitz had been working on about a haunted house. The only scene that the two had really developed was what would become the climax of "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas": Mulder and Scully pulling themselves across the floor, bleeding profusely.
With the resultant episode, Carter also wanted to keep all the action on a single set, which led to production designer Corey Kaplan proposing that they base it in Scully's apartment—a set that the crew had not used for awhile. However, Carter, wanting to keep the haunted house motif, decided to set the episode in a haunted house and asked Kaplan to design a mansion set that was "bleak, but Wien Wird Bei Nacht Erst Schön - Die Wiener Konzertschrammeln* Mit Gesang: Vera Svoboda Und Emmeric too bleak [ Lily Tomlinwho played the part of Lyda, had originally approached The X-Files producers Haunted House - Go As Death - Tracheometry (File) seasons prior and asked to be cast in an episode.
Carter agreed to meet her and Haunted House - Go As Death - Tracheometry (File) two discussed possible ideas for futures episodes. After several years of thinking, Carter decided to write "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" largely as a vehicle for her. Originally, Carter wanted Bob Newhart to play the part of Maurice. However, Newhart was not interested, and so the production team approached Ed Asnerwho readily agreed to take part in the episode. The production for the episode was bare-bones, making use Green Grow The Lilacs - Harry Belafonte - Love Is A Gentle Thing only a few sets.
Because of this, "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" was Haunted House - Go As Death - Tracheometry (File) cheapest sixth season episode; however, the reduction in the budget made writing and directing the episode a challenge, as Carter was forced to work within tighter production constraints.
The day before filming at the mansion was slated to begin, a fire erupted behind the building. Luckily, after an hour local firemen were able to bring the blaze under control by digging a fire breakwith the fire stopping a mere feet from the house. Special effects editor Bill Millar was tasked with designing the "bloodless bullet holes" that Scully, and later Mulder, discover on Maurice and Lyda. An ultraviolet light was then Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted to the set lighting, "invisibly reflect[ing]" the ultraviolet light, which Millar used as tracking data.
The cloth was then removed during post-production and computer-generated bullet wounds were pasted in their place. Millar admits that the technique was borrowed from the movie Death Becomes Heralthough he sarcastically admitted that, "we did it better and with less money.
Mark Snowthe composer for the episode, admitted to "ripping off" Joseph Haydn 's "Toy" Symphony to create the eerie Baroque -inspired harpsichord score. Snow also admits that another major influence for the episode was Johnny Mandel 's "brilliant" score for the film Deathtrap It was viewed by The episode received mostly positive reviews from critics, with some detractors.
Sight on Sound called the episode "one of the best Christmas episodes of any series. Zack Handlen from The A. Club gave the episode a largely positive review and awarded it a grade of an A. He noted that the episode was written in a similar manner to the earlier, Carter-penned " The Post-Modern Prometheus ".
Handlen wrote that both entries "have a gleeful, everybody-gets-out-okay-in-the-end vibe". He wrote, "OK, I liked a lot of this episode. Not all reviews were so positive. Paula Vitaris from Cinefantastique gave the episode a largely negative review and awarded it one-and-a-half stars out of four. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mulder and Scully discover corpses underneath the floorboards.
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