New The X-Files prank video brings aliens to downtown Manhattan

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Dec 20, 2017, 1:20 PM EST

New York filmmaker Michael Krivicka knows a thing or two about pulling awesome pranks on unsuspecting New Yorkers, having been the orchestrator behind this past October's "Geostorm Blizzard Prank" to assist Warner Bros. in promoting the Gerard Butler-starring disaster flick, and the "Spider-Man Grabs a Coffee" gag to help Sony market Spider-Man: Homecoming.

His latest advertising endeavor was produced in conjunction with Fox TV for the upcoming season premiere of The X-Files on Wednesday, January 3 at 8/7c. This hilarious subterfuge on the December streets of Manhattan concerns an animatronic extraterrestrial popping out of a newspaper box and a disembodied hand surprising folks simply wanting the morning edition of the New York Post.

The coolest part is the Men In Black-like containment crew that pulls up to quarantine the area off from the little grey man who was probably just trying to find a mailbox to send Christmas cards home to another galaxy.


Krivicka said he shot this otherworldly piece last week at various corners in NYC and freaked out a total of 100 people over the course of two days.

"As you can see, we got a lot of jumps, screams, and laughter," the trickster director told SYFY WIRE. "We worked with Creature Effects who created the animatronic Alien torso and arm. They are the same guys who made our famous Devil Baby from a few years ago. They flew in from CA to operate the alien with remote controls. It was freezing but it was a lot of fun."

Pass this amusing alien gag along to holiday grouches who need a quick dose of laughter and tell us if you're psyched for The X-Files' return to ring in the new year.