The new slasher movie X has already established itself as one of the best horror releases of the year. Having its world premiere at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, the film first debuted with a 100% perfect score on rotten tomatoes with his early reviews. Now playing in cinemas around the world, the film still tops the list with a very impressive 95% Certified Fresh rating.
Traditionally, slasher movies haven’t been embraced by critics with open arms. It seems like it takes some kind of genre film that stands out from the crowd for slashers to get such high ratings. Therefore, it’s always particularly impressive to see violent horror movies earn near-perfect scores from critics.
“Bloody. Brutal. Grittier than a big city alley and more gut-strewn than a slaughterhouse. That’s how you like your slasher-flick horror, and trust us when we say Ti West has your back,” says Rolling Stone’s David Fear.
Entertainment Weekly’s Joshua Rothkopf notes, “Venturing into danger is horror’s essential playbook, a well-trodden path. But the brutal and vertiginous Xwritten and directed by Ti West, makes this journey both fresh and comfortably familiar.
“X rips the jugular with exuberant glee,” adds Sara Michelle Fetters of MovieFreak.com. .”
Or as Christopher Lloyd of The Film Yap puts it: “An invigorating blend of old-school gory horror and modern irony.” You will laugh, then cringe, but never be entertained.
X already has a prequel in the works
X is written and directed by Ti West, who also produced with Jacob Jaffke, Kevin Turen and Harrison Kreiss. The film stars Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Martin Henderson, Brittany Snow, Owen Campbell, Stephen Ure and Scott Mescudi. It follows the cast and crew of a homegrown adult film intent on shooting their next project on a remote Texas farmhouse when they find themselves attacked by its elderly owners.
West has entered X with plans to spawn a new franchise extending beyond a single movie. The filmmaker said IndieWire than a prequel to Xentitled pearl, has already been shot. West also plans to shoot X into a trilogy with the aim of presenting a third film to the public after pearl is released.
“I’m trying to build a world out of all of that, like people do these days,” West said. “You can’t make a slasher movie without a bunch of sequels.”
He added, “I came out of quarantine and thought, ‘We’re already building all of this, it’s COVID and we’re the only place on Earth where it’s safe to make a movie. We have the whole team from Avatar 2 which is on hiatus. We should make two films. A24’s miracle was that they thought it was actually a good idea.
X is now playing in theaters after its world premiere at SXSW where it was very well received by critics and audiences.
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