Chris Carter on ‘X-Files’: ‘It was more like a test than a TV series’

May 20, 2013 | 9:01 p.m.

“The X-Files,” the landmark science fiction television series created by Chris Carter, was built on elaborate conspiracies and a healthy dose of paranoia. The show premiered 20 years ago this year, but in many ways it still seems contemporary — and relevant.

Speaking at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, Carter said he’s somewhat surprised to find that the show has a kind of resonance in the present era, but he feels that it did come along at the right historical moment.

“It was of its time, it seemed to be right for its time, it sort of capitalized on its time,” he said. “You probably could make the show today, but I don’t know why, it feels like it was made exactly when it should have been made.”

Watch the video above to hear more from Carter about his thoughts on “The X-Files,” including his sentiment that making the show sometimes felt “more like a test than a TV series.”

The Hero Complex Film Festival kicked off May 10 at the Chinese 6 Theatres with a John Carpenter double feature and feisty Q&A. Saturday afternoon brought a screening of “The Mist” and a discussion of that film’s shocking ending with writer-director Frank Darabont and surprise guest Thomas Jane.

Saturday night belonged to Guillermo del Toro, who shared an exclusive preview of his upcoming “Pacific Rim” and gave lively responses to questions between showings of “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

On Sunday afternoon, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin discussed “Independence Day” sequel possibilities after a screening of that film, and were joined by surprise guest Jeff Goldblum.

Look for more clips from the event to be posted soon.

— Gina McIntyre

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One Response to Chris Carter on ‘X-Files’: ‘It was more like a test than a TV series’

  1. Jeffrey S. Bohemier says:

    The X-Files was one of the best shows of the 90's. It would be awesome to bring the series back, starting off where it left off, starting just before the colonization of the Earth. I sure that a fantastic series could be made with it, especially with the special effects that are available today compared to what was done in the 90s. The X-Files was really ahead of it's time and continuing the series now would finally put something on the television under the category of Science Fiction that would be worth watching, as most Science Fiction shows, regardless of whether they're good or not, seem to get yanked off the air after just one season (which is getting really old, as I'm tired of getting into a show only to have it yanked. There are actually three Science Fiction shows that I would like to see come back, starting off with Star Trek, followed by the X-Files and Stargate.

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