Ti West, USA 2022, 105’
Silent Twins

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.

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Piotr Mirski

Ti West

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.

Selected filmography

2005 The Roost

2009 Dom diabła / The House of the Devil

2011 Zajazd pod duchem / The Innkeepers

2013 Ostatni sakrament / The Sacrament

2022 X

2022 Pearl

Cast & Crew

director Ti West
screenplay Ti West
cinematography Eliot Rockett
editing David Kashevaroff, Ti West
music Tyler Bates, Chelsea Wolfe
cast Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow, Scott Mescudi, Martin Henderson
producer Jacob Jaffke, Harrison Kreiss, Kevin Turen, Ti West
production A24, BRON Studios, MAD SOLAR
Polish distributor M2 Films
language English
coloration colour
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