A24 has earned a reputations for putting out some unique horror movies, and made waves with their classics such as ‘Hereditary’ and ‘Midsommar’, but with success comes expectations, and with every A24 release there comes high expectations.
Such was the case with Ti West’s ‘X’ which dropped earlier this year, in March, with great anticipation.
According to the synopsis: “A group of actors sets out to make an adult film in rural Texas under the noses of their reclusive hosts, but when the elderly couple catches their young guests in the act, the cast finds themselves in a desperate fight for their lives.”
Starring Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow, Kid Cudi, Stephen Ure, and Martin Henderson, the film blended horror and the adult entertainment genre, which seemed like a formula for some ridiculous fun.
It certainly met the “ridiculous’ side, but failed to deliver fun.
Once the film set in, after 30 minutes, I quickly saw all excitement for the premise wash away amid boredom. While the film attempted to fluff the experience by leaning into the adult film aspects and scenes, it did more harm than good as I found it to derail any momentum, and deviate from any of the story telling.
Aside from a few good kills (the alligator scenes were solid), the film was as dead as a porn star unable to get aroused for a scene.
Goth was stellar in her role as Maxine, and Ortega shined a Lorraine, but there was a clear disconnect in the who, the what, and they why as to what the hell was going on. Essentially, a geriatric woman, so sex deprived and horny, was so intent on getting laid she either wanted to sneak in some hanky panky with the porn stars, or kill them. And her husband, perhaps older and much more frail, was equally confusing as a character.
Sure, horror movies shouldn’t often come with expectations of logic, but we often know that going into the movie. With the reputation A24 has built, you kind of expect another level of entertainment.
This film, at no fault of West who shot it beautifully, was a dud out of the gate. Completely boring. Often confusing.
Resting on your reputation only lasts so long, and the shine that A24 has basked in over the last few years, built on their hits, is slowly wearing off.
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