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This surprising horror film attempts emotions I haven't often seen in the genre but ultimately doesn't double down on them.


It's uncommon in horror films to be deeply moved by a scene in similar ways that you would be in thoughtful dramas, but X manages to pull off the trick in a mid-way sequence that coveys hopes and dreams, heartbreak and longing for characters young and old.


Touching upon the meaning of intimacy for different generations the picture definitely brings a novel approach to what on the surface could be seen as the umpteenth story of unwitting teens meeting their gory fate in hillbilly county, this time while setting out to make a porn film.


For much of the movie this elevates X far above standard genre fare, aided by fine performances throughout and a smart script and direction by Ti West. Unfortunately in the final act the picture bows to genre conventions as it picks off the cast members in unimaginative fashion and reduces the central concept to its largest common denominator.


It's a disappointing end for a movie that attempts emotions I haven't often seen in horror flicks before but ultimately doesn't double down on them.



release: 2022

director: Ti West

starring: Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow, Kid Cudi

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