Movie Review: X (2022)

Now on demand from A24.

It’s the rude versus the prude as a coterie of ‘70s pornographers makes their blue movie in the bleak barn of some sheltered country bumpkins in Ti West’s extremely watchable slasher film X (B+). Alternating between moments of tenderness and terror, it’s a highly entertaining American gothic as nubile humans soon find themselves the livestock on this farm. The women in the ensemble – Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega and Brittany Snow – get a campy showcase in West’s creative landscape, with Goth a stunning standout in a double role. It’s far from just scary or sensational as the director stages creepy bedroom scenes, overhead alligator attacks and at least one pitchfork perfect moment. There are knowing nods and homages to movie massacres of old, but the filming is a fresh, imaginative and sometimes funny take on the genre. It touches on sexual mores with religious undertones but ultimately is just a blissful horror movie. It’s bawdy and bloody, and you can’t take your eyes off of it.

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