Movie Review: X [2022]

April 25, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

xx Director/Writer: Ti West
Starring: Mia Goth, Brittany Murphy, Martin Henderson, Jenna Ortega

When X came out it was on my 'must watch' list but I was also kind of hesitant to go to the cinema. Mostly because too many people were saying X and Scream 5 were the best horrors ever and I detest Scream 5 so I didn't trust their opinions. There were a few comparisons to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre which is fine but I didn't want to sit through 90 minutes of a movie with no plot either. I've finally seen it now and wow...that happened!

The movie starts off with a group of people driving in a van into the country to make a porno. Apparently, this is going to make them all rich and famous because they're being cinematic about it. They've rented a farm house to film at but haven't told the owner, who looks like he's at least 90 years old and near death, what they're planning on doing. His wife, who looks just as old and even more frail, is lurking around and seems to develop a bit of a girl crush on Maxine Minx (Mia Goth) because after one interaction she's also sporting some blue eye shadow and going down to see what they're up to....and finds Maxine having sex with Jackson in the barn. Later that night all hell breaks loose and it's the wildest motive I think I've ever witnessed! 

Straight up I was impressed with the attention to detail to create the 70's vibe: the hair styles, the bold eye shadow, clothes, cars, the warm colour grading all felt like we stepped back in time. Honestly all they needed was a few dust and scratch marks to really make me believe this was some old forgotten film.

I laughed a fair bit through the movie, it's not funny but some things in horror movies just make me laugh. Like exploding heads. I can't really explain it, let's call it an unhealthy coping mechanism to life. I cringed a few times too, especially the scene that involves a foot and a large nail. I practically had my hands covering my face. Back when I was at TAFE we were meant to take our shoes off in the studio so we didn't dirty the white paint work, it was always dirty but it kind of became a habit that I took my shoes off even in the non-studio studio. It was essentially a classroom we could use. Anyways, the shoot went fine until the end during clean up when I stood on a thumb tack. You know those little gold tinted pins you use on pin boards? I can't tell you how much that fucking hurt. It just went straight into my heel. There was another guy in the room offering to take it out for me and I'm there like "DON'T TOUCH ME!". So yeah, I'm a sook but I have extreme empathy now for characters in movies that stand on huge nails they can't see on the ground. The amount of gore was just right too which is also where inappropriate laughing came out of me. 

From the photo-nerd perspective I really liked the use of light and shadows in some scenes like with the old lady in the barn - her shadow shows her as a looming menacing presence when she looks so frail in person, plus there's a scene with Jackson standing in the door way which shows us he's well-hung without actually showing us. That's what us ladies would call a tasteful dick pic. 

According to the internet this is coming out on DVD/Blu-Ray on May 24 so I'll definitely be adding this one to the collection!




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