Starring: Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Martin Henderson, Brittany Snow, Scott Mescudi, Owen Campbell, and Stephen Ure
Director: Ti West
X is an absolute blast! The first half of this movie is a fun, raunchy, 70’s bop, and all the performances are pitch perfect for the tone it’s going for. It also builds some great tension. The second half is when shit goes down. As a massive slasher fan, I was definitely delighted by the creepy and brutal direction the film took. Writer/director Ti West’s slow building tension made me want to look away, but for the life of me, I couldn’t because I was so desperate to know what would happen next.
We often talk about films’ ability to transport us to a different time. Well, writer/director Ti West succeeds on that in droves with X. This film feels like it was filmed in the 70s thanks to its attention to detail and shooting style. In fact, the setup and slow burn are so well done that when things go off the rails later in the film, it lost that authentic feel for me a little. Saying that, the film is still an admirable entry into the horror genre, boasting some great performances and some good ol’ southern-fried murder.