X - Review
The Story Can't Just Change Midway Through. 4 / 5
Directed by Ti West.
In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in a secluded farmhouse in rural Texas. Their reclusive, elderly hosts take a special interest in their young guests and, as night falls in, the couple’s leering interest takes a violent turn.
The very definition of an exploitation film with a UK-wide cinema release… There may still be hope for the humble multiplex.
Packed with sex, gore and a meta glint in its eye, X is a slasher film ripped straight from the 70s thrown headfirst into the 21st century by writer/director Ti West.
What elevates X beyond blood-soaked nostalgia is the atmosphere created by sinister sound design, hypnotic editing, and its excellent cast. Mia Goth goes above and beyond expectations bringing an unexpected extra level to the final girl trope and each member of the intimate cast has their moment to shine.
With some viciously brutal practical effects to remind you of the ride you are in for, this was a thrillingly mature take on the genre that will no doubt become a cult horror classic in years to come.
I'm excited to see where this story leads next but it's a shame that a tantalizing post-credit scene was missing from the UK release.
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