“X” is a bright, edgy, and daring addition to the Horror genre! – Film critic


“X” is a bright, edgy, and daring addition to the Horror genre!  - Film critic

Horror movies come in many forms, but the main goal is to make the audience feel uncomfortable. It’s rare that this happens, but it makes the experience all the more powerful and memorable. Acclaimed horror director Ti West returns with his latest creation titled X. This movie blends horror, comedy, and graphic sexuality in a perfect combination, making it one of the best horror films of recent years. It’s intense, gripping, violent and will leave you grabbing your seat when the going gets serious.

The film takes place in Texas, where a group of young actors are looking for a place to shoot their pornographic film. The script is ready, and as the crew drives around in their van, they’re busy reading their lines and expressing how ready they are to push the action forward. It’s 1979 and the surrounding neighborhoods of Houston aren’t really booming. The executive producer of this porn movie is Wayne (Martin Henderson), who is thrilled to make money from this business. If you pay close attention, it sounds and looks like a Matthew McConaughey discount. His goal is to find accommodation in a local residence and shoot the film in secret instead of paying for an actual filming location. Hey, it’s profitable here!

The director is RJ (Owen Campbell), who wants to make this movie unique and more of an art movie instead of those typical skin movies. Along the ride is his girlfriend Lorraine (Jenna Ortega), who works as a sound girl and isn’t impressed with the content of what they’re doing and wonders if this is a movie. art that RJ claims to make. He wants to make a good dirty movie! This movie is definitely not one of those stag movies they probably watched growing up.

The actors who will have sex in front of the team are Bobby-Lynne (Brittany Snow), Jackson Hole (Scott Mescudi) and Wayne’s future fiancee, Maxine (Mia Goth). They’re professionals in the business, and Wayne is incredibly excited to make money once this film hits the home video market. They move in with an elderly couple. They are Howard and Pearl, a couple whose years have passed and who insist on remaining true to their conservative values. They are unaware of the group’s intention to shoot a porn movie on their property.

X (2022) - IMDb

Which makes X unique and original is the storyline that allows the characters to fully develop, and when the horror begins we are treated to suspense instead of an overabundance of jump scares. Even the sexuality in this film is presented as pornography and not thrown into the script to feel cheap, which is a tired cliché of horror movies. The characters are smart and rarely make silly decisions. The film pays homage to many horror films, including Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Evil Dead, and The last house on the left, to name a few. I sat there in the room amazed at what I was watching on screen, finally a horror movie that respects its target audience.

Writer and director Ti West has crafted a brilliant horror film that has more in mind than giving us silly characters, cheap sex, and crazy slasher. His film is so much more than that, and I got myself involved in porn history. I wanted to know how it ended, but it was cut short when the horror elements came in (which I won’t reveal here). The sets are fantastic, the makeup and costumes are era-appropriate, and the soundtrack by Tyler Bates and Chelsea Wolf is haunting. It’s a well-made horror movie because it’s suspenseful, intriguing, and delivers the goods for those looking for those bloody murders.

Rating 5 out of 5

X is a bold film that features everything horror fans love. Ti West’s vision is unprecedented compared to the usual lineup of slasher films. Its script is original, violent and sometimes surprisingly hilarious. All the actors are outstanding and there is no outstanding performance. Everyone is at the top of their game. The soundtrack is gripping, the suspense makes your nerves itch, and for us horror fans, we can rejoice to witness a film that respects its audience enough to give us something fresh, even if the film is sometimes predictable. Nevertheless, the presentation of X people will talk about it, but know that this is not a movie for casual horror movie watchers. Much like the conservative Christian Network broadcast on television from the elderly couple, this is not a film for those who fear that graphic sexuality is at the forefront of this film.



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