XX Plot Synopsis:XX is a new horror anthology with a gender twist - all segments will be helmed by female directors and will star female leads. The directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints, but all of the segments themselves will involve the horror genre.
XX (2017) Review
XX (2017) is a 1h 20 min rated R American/Canadian horror anthology directed by all female directors including Roxanne Benjamin, Jovanka Vuckovic, Sofia Carrillo, St. Vincent, and Karyn Kusama. The above female directors did a phenomenal job bringing us four enunciated stories in this hugely successful horror anthology movie that is one of my favorites and will be added to "watch again" list. I was beyond thrilled to see all female directors excelling so much in the movie industry. All of the segment of the anthology was shot in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Segment - The Box
Director Jovanka Vuckovic was also the producer and writer of this segment.
The Box was based on a true story written by Jack Ketchum in his 1994 book titled, The Box. The segment revolves around Susan Jacobs (Natalie Brown - How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Dawn of the Dead (2004), The Strain (2014-2017), Sophie (2008-2009)) and her family, mainly her. Susan’s son, Danny (Peter DaCunha - 12 Monkeys (2016-2017), Reign (2013-2014), Remember (2015), Pete’s Christmas (2013)) curiosity got the best of him. Danny decided to peek into a man (Michael Dyson - Defiance (2013-2014), Reign (2014), Damien (2016), Cinderella Man (2005)) mysterious box on the subway one day.
Susan felt helpless as Danny began to stop eating and Susan does not know why because Danny refused to tell his mother his not so little secret. Danny unknowingly brought mayhem onto his family as his father (Jonathan Watton) and sister (Peyton Kennedy) began being affected by whatever was in the mysterious old man mysterious box. Viewers will feel a sense of uncertainty/dread from the beginning to the ending of the segment - all thanks to the director. I was a little disappointed that we did not get an answer as to what the box entity was, but then again I was left wondering about what it could have been and drawing my own conclusion.
Segment - The Birthday Party
Director Roxanne Benjamin was also the producer (Southbound (2015), V/H/S (2012), V/H/S/2 (2013), Faults (2014)) and writer.
The Birthday Party is not for the faint of heart as it is a darkly comedic story about a mother named Mary who would do just about anything so that she can throw the perfect birthday party for her daughter Lucy. Mary (Melanie Lynskey - Togetherness (2015-2016), Heavenly Creatures (1994), Up in the Air (2009), The Intervention (2016)) will do anything for the perfect birthday party, even hiding her husband’s corpse who died not so long ago.
The Birthday Party so reminds me of Tim Burton because the segment is so hypnogogic, but that does not mean the segment is excellent because it appears as though the segment is not entirely explored. The storyline was spectacular as I have never seen a movie/segment where someone would actually hide her deceased husband body so that she can throw a birthday party.
Segment - Don’t Fall
Director: St. Vincent
Don’t Fall is by far the most horrific segment/tale in this anthology which revolves around a group of friends camping in a secluded mountainous area in the desert and we all can guess what is about to happen. The four friends, Gretchen (Breeda Wool - UnREAL (2015), The Faith Diaries (2016), AWOL (2016), Betas (2013-2014)) Jess, Paul and Jay saw ancient petroglyphs with devilish omen for visitors who is courageous/dare to enter the mountainous desert.
Gretchen has the feeling that they are not alone as night approaches and her feelings/suspicions were confirmed soon after when all hell break loose with a gruesome, tragic outcome.
All of the actors gave us brilliant performances that could not have been better, especially their performance in about the last 8 minutes of the segment. The special effects were amazing and made the feature all the more frightening and suspenseful. There was several jump scares but one of them stood out from the rest because it made me literally jump. I would love for the director to explore the mythology in a full-length movie so that we can be treated to one heck of a thrill ride.
Segment - Her Only Living Son
Director Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body (2009), The Invitation (2015), Girlfight (2000))
Her Only Living Son resembles Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and can be easily mistaken as a short sequel. Cora (Christina Kirk - Along Came Polly (2004), Taking Woodstock (2009), Love Is Strange (2014), D.E.B.S. (2004)) and her son Andy has been on the run. Cora and Andy (Kyle Allen - The Path (2016-2017), 1 Night (2016), Hollywood Today Live (2016)) face significant risk/danger as a result of her now ex-husband since when Andy was conceived. The segment was somewhat predictable, but the performance was undeniably amazing. I cannot say any more about this segment without giving it away.
I cannot wait to see what else these remarkable young female directors have in store for us because this horror anthology rocks with these incredibly creative/talented female directors. I encourage all horror fans to give this movie a try when it is available because it is one that should not be missed. Director Sofia Carrillo is the one who did the stop-motion wraparound of the segments, so I applaud her doing a fantastic job. I am so ready for the second installment from these ladies as they are paving the road for the future of female horror directors.
- XX Rating Scores
- Our Score: 8
- Overall Score: 6.72
- IMDB: 4.6
- MetaCritic: 6.4
- Rotten Tomatoes: 7.1
About XX 2017
Total Avg. Votes: 9,501
XX Writers: Jovanka Vuckovic, Jack Ketchum, Roxanne Benjamin
XX Director: Karyn Kusama, Mary Harron, Roxanne Benjamin, Jennifer Chambers Lynch, Sofia Carrillo, Jovanka Vuckovic, St. Vincent, Sofìa Carrillo
Box Office: $30,611
Production: XYZ Films
Country: Canada, USA