Review in Brief: X (2022)

You think X is just going to be another in a long line of TEXAS CHAINSAW riffs, and while it certainly wears that influence proudly it undoubtedly treads its own ground as well. Rural Texas, 1979 and a group of adult filmmakers rent a cabin on a farmer’s land to give their latest porno some production value, but soon come to clash with the elderly owners of the property in increasingly shocking ways. Mia Goth is always a beguiling screen presence and here gets to show her impressive range like never before. Some of the nastiest, squelchiest slasher movie kills can be found here along with creeping tension and unexpected heart. It’s the latter element that most surprises and is what will hopefully be further explored in the already completed prequel film PEARL because she’s potentially a really fascinating and different addition to horror antagonist hierarchy. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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