What the heck is happening in the 'X-Files: I Want to Believe' trailer?

Actually, let’s not even answer that question! In an era where far too many movie previews give away far too many plot details, I’m kind of elated that The X-Files: I Want to Believe trailer is cryptic at best. Admittedly, the opening sequence plays a little bit like an old episode of Profiler — "She tried to escape, but she couldn’t," mutters the older, grayer, decidedly less female Ally Walker — but I’m digging all the creepy imagery: corpses buried in ice, big needles, terrified faces slowly opening horror-filled containers. I’d have preferred a little more Gillian Anderson up in there, but at least that closing bit of dialogue — "So you believe in these kinds of things?" "Let’s just say I want to believe." — makes the title seem significantly less lame. Also, I’m not gonna lie: I rewound and paused a half a dozen times trying to see if Mulder and Scully were going in for the kiss. My findings? Inconclusive.

How about you, PopWatchers? What do you think about The X-Files: I Want to Believe trailer? (If you have trouble viewing the player below, click here for the YouTube version.) And will you be seeking out the truth come July 25?

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  • Jenny

    I was hoping for a bit more, really, as this is just a slightly dressed up version of what was shown at WonderCon. But I can appreciate that Chris Carter and Fox are trying to preserve the plot by releasing as little as possible. It will make for a much more powerful viewing experience come July 25th.
    And I also could have used more Gillian Anderson. But, then again, I’m from the “There is never enough Gillian Anderson” school of thought.

  • Anna

    I agree – more Gillian would have been great. It looks fun, I’m definitely looking forward to it.

  • SJ

    I didn’t realize my secret cylon crush Leoben was in this! Well, that just sweetened the pot for me.

  • J.

    I don’t need the plot given away, but I think I’d like to know more about what’s in store. This trailer doesn’t say much about the movie. It’s late July opening also has me worried. Big hits are not usually released at the end of July.

  • Dominique L.

    I was never an X-Files fan, if only because I was too young when it was popular and I missed the boat. However, I will admit that I find the trailer very intriguing and completely agree that it is a breath of fresh air in this world of explicit trailers. (The Dark Knight anyone?)

  • Angeli

    Who wasn’t a fan of Mulder and Scully back in the day? That show was pretty damn cool and I am psyched that it is back this summer! The trailer looks neat – although where is all that great Mulder and Scully action? I wanna see them with those classy flashlights.

  • Nathaniel

    I missed the boat the first time too – I always remember people talking about the show back when I was in school. The trailer makes me want to go and see this movie and maybe buy the whole series to catch up! Now I can join in on all those Mulder and Scully conversations!

  • Kate

    I really liked it! I’ve been able to avoid spoilers before this point, so the entire beginning was new to me. I feel as though I now have some idea about the plot, but not so much to give anything major away. I did see much of the footage at WonderCon and Paley before this, but this presentation was much better. The quality is incredible, and the film looks amazingly creepy. Best combination possible– intriguing story and Mulder and Scully. Now if I could get a guarantee that no bees show up at inopportune moments…

  • JON

    Bring on the 90s!
    THE X FILES was the best thing on tv! Who cares about Indiana and Batman?!
    I’ll be queing up to see this!

  • Kate

    Looks great! Scary and who doesn’t love Mulder and Scully together. I’ll be there opening day!

  • Minutiae

    I liked the trailer, too… I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers, so I’m glad they didn’t give too much away. It’s just creepy enough to get me intrigued.

  • Rob

    XFiles in back!?
    Wow! I can’t wait!
    Mulder and Scully were generation X legends!

  • Natasha

    Mulder and Scully look HOT!
    Billy Connolly is a legend!
    This movie is made of win!
    I’ll definately be there opening day!

  • TheBookPolice

    DEFINITELY going. I was hopelessly sunk into X-Files from Season 2 or so until the end. It’ll be great to slip on this old pair of shoes
    On the other hand, I hope I don’t end up shaking my head in laughing shame at X TO DA Z as an FBI agent.

  • AH

    Oh yay. Agree on the more Gillian Anderson. Looks promising!

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