I don’t know about any of you, but I am really excited to see X in a theater this weekend. Writer/director Ti West and A24 are without a doubt hoping that horror fans will flock to the theaters in droves to see it.
West both writes and directs his films, which include The Roost, The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, The Sacrament and the Second Honeymoon segment of V/H/S. He also directed Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, but later requested that his name be removed from the project, due to his unhappiness with re-editing. That request was denied, so like it or not, he is still associated with it.
The House of the Devil was shot on 16mm film, which gave it a very retro look; fitting, since the movie was set in the 1980s. A slow burn, The House of the Devil took the babysitter trope to a new level, as a college student finds out that she is not only not babysitting a child, but the house may also be home to more than just people.
With The Innkeepers, he took more of an old-fashioned ghost story approach to the story of two employees at the soon-to-be-closed Yankee Pedlar Inn. Though there is a lot of comedy in the story, it ends on an unexpected chilling note.
Is X like Ti West’s other films?
With X (which opens in theaters March 18), it seems like West is going for a gritty, retro feel, much like the original version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre…with a 70s porn twist. A vanload full of attractive young people have acquired the use of a secluded cabin in order to film a porn flick titled The Farmer’s Daughters. Judging by the trailer (which you can watch below), the old folks nearby catch on to their sleazy plans, and things go violently south in a hurry.
X stars Mia Goth (of the Suspiria remake), Jenna Ortega (2022’s Scream), Martin Henderson (The Strangers: Prey at Night), Brittany Snow (2008’s Prom Night), Owen Campbell (Super Dark Times) and Scott Mescudi, AKA Kid Cudi (Don’t Look Up), and it generated mostly positive reviews when it premiered at SXSW on March 13.
X is brought to us by A24, the same company that produced The Witch, Herditary and Midsommar. It remains to be seen whether X will be as polarizing as those three films within the horror fan community, but I’m sure we will find out soon.
X will be available to watch only in theaters on Friday, March 18.
Will you go to a theater to watch X, or will you wait for it to be available to stream? Let us know your plans in the comments section.