The film crew goes to a secluded farm to shoot a memorable, or at least lucrative, XXX movie. Thanks to a couple of degenerate old men, the orgy quickly turns into a spectacle of violence. A horror film that recalls the classics of porn and gore cinema.
X blends old and new, rather than just proffering empty references. The film evokes the grind-house energy of the original Texas Chainsaw while also pulling off complicated cinematic tricks that wouldn’t have been possible 50 years ago. West is a director with a deep understanding of period aesthetics—his breakthrough 2009 work, The House of the Devil, was a precise homage to the VHS video nasties of the ’80s; it looked like a once-banned movie that had just been unearthed. X could be another tribute, and even hints at the nasties genre with a teasing prologue in which a local sheriff comes upon a crime scene littered with mysterious film canisters.
The Slasher Film X Is a Modern Classic (theatlantic.com)
Born in 1980 in Wilmington, Delaware, Ti West attended the School of Visual Arts in New York. He made his debut with the horror film The Roost. West also made horror films such as The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers and The Sacrament. X is the first part of the trilogy, the prequel to which is Pearl, with MaXXXine being the sequel.
2005 The Roost
2009 Dom diabła / The House of the Devil
2011 Zajazd pod duchem / The Innkeepers
2013 Ostatni sakrament / The Sacrament