Silver Screams V: The X-Files – Die Hand Die Verletzt (1995)
Season Two of The X-Files was when the potential of the series was starting to become fulfilled. It was on its way to becoming the biggest show on the planet and co-stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson were on their way to becoming household names. The writers and directors were also forging out a career for themselves for life after the show none more so than Glen Morgan and James Wong.
Die Hand Die Verletzt was their final episode (before returning to The X-Files for season four) as they had left to work on their new show Space: Above And Beyond but what they left X-files fans with was an entertaining piece of TV horror.
The story centres around a group of teachers and high school faculty members who discuss the social events for their school. At first glance they seem ultra conservative until they begin to chant satanic verses to end their meeting. Meanwhile a mixed group of high school students from the same school stupidly go into the woods to experiment with the dark arts (with the lads aiming to get their leg over the girls) but soon afterwards strange inexplicable things start to happen.
This of course is a case for Mulder and Scully as they are sent in to investigate the mutilated body of one of the teens who were out in the woods. Is this a case of the devil rising to punish the pupils and the staff or is this just a coincidence and a cover up to deflect from what is happening within the school?
Die Hand Die Verletzt is a fitting way for Morgan and Wong to say goodbye to the franchise and as per usual Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny produce very strong performances as the FBI’s least wanted. The support cast however, including Dan Butler, Susan Blommaert and Heather McComb are excellent. In fact, the majority of The X-Files episodes can pride itself with strong to exceptional performances and the same can be said about its writers and directors too.
Kim Manners directs Die Hand Die Verletzt with plenty of gusto and combined with the writing talents of Morgan and Wong, this episode ends up being very entertaining along with the added element of creepiness thrown in for good measure.
This may not be Morgan & Wong at their best (or The X-Files come to think of it) but it’s certainly not one that is easily forgotten. As with most of their episodes this Monster of The Week is worth watching and ends up being thoroughly entertaining.
FMV Rating ***½