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X _(2022_Film)American slasher film written, directed, produced and edited by Ti West.

It stars Mia Goth in dual roles: a young woman named Maxine, and an elderly woman named Pearl. The film also stars Jenna Ortega, Martin Henderson, Brittany Snow, Owen Campbell, Stephen Ure and Scott Mescudi appearing in supporting roles. The film follows a cast and crew who gather to make a pornographic film on an elderly couple’s rural Texas property, but find themselves threatened by the homicidal couple.

X_(2022_Film) review

A24 announced X_(2022_Film) in November 2020. Principal photography occurred from February 16 to March 16, 2021, primarily in Fordell, New Zealand. 

Goth underwent extensive prosthetic makeup for Pearl, and special effects were employed to depict violent scenes in the film. Characterized as a contemporary take on psycho-biddy, the film draws inspiration from horror, exploitation, and pornographic films and emphasizes the interplay between beauty, aging, and self-worth. The score was composed by Tyler Bates and Chelsea Wolfe, who collaborated to create a soundtrack emphasizing vocals and synthesizers. The film premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) on March 13, 2022, and was theatrically released in the United States on March 18, 2022, by A24. It received generally positive reviews from critics.

X_(2022_Film) is the first in a film series of the same name, consisting of a prequel film titled Pearl released on September 16, 2022, and a sequel titled MaXXXine in development.

Directed By X_(2022_Film)

Written By X_(2022_Film)

ProducedBy X_(2022_Film)

Ti West,
Jacob Jaffke,
Kevin Turen,
Harrison Kreiss

Cinematography By X_(2022_Film)

Eliot Rockett

Edited By X_(2022_Film)

David Kashevaroff, Ti West

Music By X_(2022_Film)

Production companies By X_(2022_Film)

Little Lamb,
Mad Solar Productions

Distributed By X_(2022_Film)


Release dates By X_(2022_Film)

March 13, 2022 (SXSW),
March 18, 2022 (United States)

Running Time By X_(2022_Film)

106 Minutes


United States




$1 Million

Box Office

$15.1 Million

Plot Of X_(2022_Film)

In 1979, police officers arrive on a lonely farm in rural Texas and find numerous dead bodies wrapped in bags. They enter the farmhouse and find something shocking in the basement. Twenty-four hours earlier, aspiring adult film star Maxine embarks on a road trip with her producer boyfriend Wayne, fellow actors Bobby-Lynne and Jackson, amateur director RJ, and RJ’s girlfriend Lorraine to shoot a pornographic film. Bobby-Lynne and Jackson strike up a romance, while RJ attempts to make the movie seem like a severe cinematic work of art, and Lorraine, who assists with equipment and lighting, is unimpressed.
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The group arrives at a farm owned by Howard and Pearl, an elderly couple with a guesthouse where they intend to shoot the film. Howard is temperamental towards the group, but Wayne excuses this, as he did not inform Howard of the group’s intentions. While the crew films a sex scene between Bobby-Lynne and Jackson, Maxine wanders around the property and discovers a large pond where she goes for a swim, unknowingly watched by Pearl from the trees and is also stalked by a giant alligator that nearly gets her as she exits the water. Upon returning to the guest house, Maxine is invited inside the farmhouse by Pearl, where she expresses envy for Maxine’s youth and makes a sexual advance towards her. Howard returns home as Maxine sneaks out.
Maxine returns to the guesthouse, where she and Jackson shoot a sex scene in the barn; unbeknownst to the group, Pearl watches from outside and is highly aroused, imagining herself in Maxine’s position. She then returns home and pleads with Howard to have sex, but he refuses, claiming his heart is too weak. Night falls, and the group unwinds in the guesthouse. Lorraine, intrigued by what she saw filmed, asks to participate in a sex scene; RJ initially refuses, but after being persuaded by Wayne, he films Lorraine and Jackson in an additional sex scene. Later, devastated, RJ sets out to leave the group stranded at the farm while they are asleep but discovers Pearl standing in the driveway. He tries to help her, but she tries to make sexual advances on him. When he rebuffs her, she stabs him with a hidden knife repeatedly in the neck until he is decapitated.
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Noticing RJ is missing, Lorraine enlists Wayne’s help in finding him. Wayne searches the barn and steps on a large nail in his underwear. He then sees something moving outside, and when he peeps through a hole in the door, Pearl shoves a pitchfork through the hole into his eyes, killing him instantly. Meanwhile, Howard invites Lorraine into their house, claiming Pearl has gone missing due to her not being well. He asks Lorraine to retrieve a flashlight from the basement; she goes down and discovers a naked male corpse hanging from the ceiling.
Howard goes to the guesthouse and asks Jackson to help him find Pearl. When they split up to scout the lake’s perimeter, Jackson finds a submerged car in the water. Howard throws his flashlight into the lake, tricking Jackson to go in to retrieve it, hoping he will be attacked by the alligator lurking nearby. Jackson makes it out but is confronted by Howard, who shoots him in the chest, blowing his body back into the lake. Meanwhile, Pearl sneaks into the guesthouse, undresses, and climbs into bed with Maxine, caressing her body. Maxine awakens in horror to find Pearl beside her, waking Bobby-Lynne.

Back in the house, Lorraine breaks through the basement door with a hatchet, but Howard attacks, breaking her fingers with the butt of his shotgun. Bobby-Lynne finds Pearl standing on the edge of the lake. Thinking she has dementia, Bobby-Lynne tries to help her, only for Pearl to slap her, insult her, and push her into the water, where the alligator rips her to shreds.  As the couple begins moving her body inside the house, Lorraine’s corpse twitches, startling Howard and causing him to have a heart attack and die.

Pearl and Howard reunite and enter the guesthouse, where they have sex while Maxine hides under the bed they are in. Maxine manages to escape to the van, where she finds RJ’s decapitated corpse and the vehicle’s tires slashed. She arms herself with a pistol from the glovebox and enters the house to free a traumatized Lorraine from the basement. Lorraine becomes hysterical and blames Maxine for what has occurred. She attempts to flee the house but is shot in the head by Howard.

Maxine retrieves the keys to Howard’s truck and attempts to shoot Pearl but finds that the pistol is not loaded. Pearl then tries to shoot Maxine with Howard’s shotgun; Maxine dodges the shot, and the blast sends Pearl out the front door onto the porch, breaking her hip. As Pearl lies in pain, she begs Maxine for help. As Maxine gets into Howard’s truck, Pearl starts to berate and insult her. Maxine reverses the car and runs over Pearl’s head before driving away.
The following morning, the police arrive at the house and find the bodies. It is revealed on Pearl and Howard’s television set that Maxine is the daughter of a passionate Christian preacher whose speeches are frequently played throughout the film. The police discover RJ’s camera and speculate about what it contains, with the sheriff assuming that it includes footage of “one goddamn fucked up horror picture.”

Questions and places for inspired X_(2022_Film)

Nate Roscoe of Fangoria wrote in an essay on the film that X_(2022_Film) exemplifies a modern take on the psycho-biddy horror subgenre, in which ageing or older women portray grotesque, violent characters. Roscoe also notes that the film’s primary theme revolves around ageing, youth, and longing for the past. “Snatching its inspo from the shadiest recesses of art and exploitation, it is the relationship between beauty, ageing, and self-worth that creeps most conspicuously through the architecture of X_(2022_Film).” He also notes that the film presents its antagonist—the murderous Pearl—in a sympathetic manner, writing that, at moments, “one can’t help but feel crushingly sorry for this tragic figure.”

Critics noted the influence of several films on X, with multiple commentators observing homages to the 1974 film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Other films cited by critics as influencing X include Psycho (1960), Hardcore (1979), The Shining, Alligator (both 1980), and Boogie Nights (1997). Richard Roeper wrote that X also contains “echoes” of such pornographic films as Blue Movie (1969) and Debbie Does Dallas (1978).

Production Of X_(2022_Film)

In November 2020, it was announced that A24 would produce a horror film titled X_(2022_Film), written and directed by Ti West and starring Mia Goth, Scott Mescudi (also an executive), and Jenna Ortega. In February 2021, Brittany Snow joined the cast.
Principal photography took place from February 16 to March 16, 2021, in the Manawatū region of the North Island.

Several scenes were shot in and around the city of Whanganui. Production was predominantly based at a farm in the settlement of Fordell, where a large barn was constructed. Photography also occurred near the Rangitīkei District town of Bulls, where producers used an old town hall.

Special effects For X_(2022_Film)

Goth donned extensive prosthetic makeup to portray the elderly Pearl. Describing her experience, Goth stated, “It was a good 10 hours in the makeup chair, and then I’d go and do a 12-hour day on set, and the makeup artist, Sarah Rubano, who was incredible, would constantly be touching me up and making sure my contacts were all right and all those sorts of things.”
The scene in which Pearl stabs RJ in the neck involves the use of a retractable prop knife, a prosthetic neck with a slit in it, and tubing to allow the passage of stage blood through the slit. The effect of RJ’s subsequent decapitation was accomplished using a dummy head of RJ, with a stunt performer and a false floor; the stunt performer lay on his back, with his head and shoulders beneath the wrong floor and concealed by a prosthetic upper body. The performer then twitched his body during the scene filming, which, when paired with the disembodied dummy head, creates the illusion of RJ’s body continuing to twitch after death. For the scene in which Pearl stabs Wayne in the eyes with a pitchfork, a dummy of Wayne’s upper body and head was constructed by the Netherlands-based MimicFX Studio.

Music For X_(2022_Film)

The film’s score was composed by Tyler Bates and Chelsea Wolfe and features a cover version of “Oui, Oui, Marie” performed by Wolfe, released as a digital single on March 11, 2022. Bates said the pair intended to “create a vocal-centric score framed with organic synthesizers and atmospheres that evoke a sonic aesthetic of ’70s arthouse horror films”. Wolfe, who had not soundtracked a film before, primarily contributed her voice to the score and attempted to use non-singing sounds to emulate the character’s emotions. Bates compared the score to that somewhere between that of Debbie Does Dallas and Rosemary’s Baby.
Aside from the score by Bates and Wolfe, the film incorporates several songs from the 1960s and 1970s, including “In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry, “Act Naturally” by Loretta Lynn,[citation needed] and “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Öyster Cult. Additionally, one scene in the film features Jackson (Scott Mescudi) and Bobby-Lynne (Brittany Snow) performing “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac, with the former playing acoustic guitar and the latter providing vocals.
The soundtrack album was released on March 25, 2022, by A24 Music. All tracks are written by Tyler Bates and Chelsea Wolfe, except where noted

X_(2022_Film) In Theatres

X_(2022_Film) premiered at the 2022 South by Southwest (SXSW) festival on March 13, 2022. The film was released in the United States on March 18, 2022.

It is the last film to be distributed by Entertainment One in Spain before the distributor’s Spain division was shut down on June 29, 2023, and with its Canadian division shortly before its release.
The film will be re-released in US AMC Theatres on October 11, 2023, alongside Under the Skin (2013), The Witch (2015) and Midsommar (2019).

X_(2022_Film) On Ott

The film was released on-demand services (including Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube, and VUDU) on April 14, 2022. It was released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 24, 2022, by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

X_(2022_Film) Box office Collection

X grossed $11.8 million in the United States and Canada and $3.3 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $15.1 million, making it a box office success against its mere $1 million budget.

In the United States and Canada, X_(2022_Film)was released alongside Jujutsu Kaisen 0, The Outfit, and Umma and was projected to gross $2–5 million in its opening weekend. The film earned $4.3 million from 2,865 theatres in its opening weekend, finishing fourth. Men made up 55% of the audience during its opening, with those aged 18–34 comprising 73% of ticket sales. The ethnic breakdown of the audience showed that 50% were Caucasian, 22% were Hispanic and Latino Americans, 12% were African American, and 16% were Asian or other. The film made $2.2 million in its second weekend and $1 million in its third. It dropped out of the box office top ten in its fourth weekend with $359,067 (a drop of 65%).

Critical response For X_(2022_Film)

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 93% based on 225 reviews, with an average rating of 7.7/10. The website’s critics consensus reads: “A fresh spin on the classic slasher formula, X_(2022_Film) marks the spot where Ti West gets resoundingly back to his horror roots.” On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the film scored 79 out of 100 based on 35 critics, indicating “generally favourable reviews”. Audiences polled by PostTrak gave the film a 68% positive score, with 45% saying they would recommend it.

Reviewing the film following its SXSW premiere, Owen Gleiberman of Variety called it “a deliberate, loving, and meticulous homage” to 1974’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, as well as “a wily and entertaining slow-motion ride of terror that earns its shocks, along with its singular queasy factor, which relates to the fact that the demons here are ancient specimens of humanity who have a touch of… humanity.”John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter commended the film’s cast and noted that “Before the gore begins (and even mid-action), West seems to truly consider the pain of irretrievable youth and feel for those whose final years are consumed by it.”The A.V. Club’s Todd Gilchrist gave the film a grade of “B+”, writing that it “examines the way that youth in others seems to bring out the feeling and impact of age in ourselves, not to mention how we resist or respond to that when it happens,” and calling it “bloody, ballsy fun”. Abby Olcese, writing for RogerEbert.com, gave the film a score of three out of four stars, concluding: “X_(2022_Film)is plenty of fun; it also feels like a trifle that could easily have been much more.”

Upon release, The Atlantic’s David Sims called the film “a modern classic”, comparing it with 2022’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which he felt failed creatively compared to X_(2022_Film). Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film three-and-a-half out of four stars, calling it “the kind of movie that has you reeling in disgust at certain moments, then laughing at the blood-spattered absurdity of it all.

It’s a new twist on the period-piece slasher movie, smart and strange and very depraved.” A.O. Scott, in a review of the film for The New York Times, wrote that X_(2022_Film) “isn’t shy about appealing to voyeurism.

It’s a new twist on the period-piece slasher movie, smart and strange and very depraved.” A.O. Scott, in a reviThere’s nothing coy or arty about the bloodletting. […] West, unlike his pornographers, has things to say as well as bodies to show. Most of all, he has an aesthetic that isn’t all about terror or titillation. X_(2022_Film)is full of dreamy, haunting overhead shots and moments of surprising tenderness.”ew of the film for The New York Times, wrote that X_(2022_Film) “isn’t shy about appealing to voyeurism.

Valerie Complex of Deadline Hollywood referred to the film as “a new love letter to the slasher film genre”: “I give West credit for having a vision and sticking to his influences. He knows what he wants to do and how to execute it unapologetically.

X_(2022_Film) is surface-level entertainment but still a satisfying piece of indie horror filmmaking that’s worth taking a chance on.”Dmitry Samarov of the Chicago Reader gave the film a mostly negative review, writing that “even the most casual horror fan won’t miss” the references that X_(2022_Film) makes to 1974’s Texas Chain Saw Massacre, but that, “unlike Tobe Hooper’s masterpiece, which has a point to make about economic desperation and cultural clash in 70s America, West just wants to punish everyone involved in gory ways played for laughs.”

Similar works X_(2022_Film)

In March 2022, it was revealed that a prequel film, Pearl, was secretly shot back-to-back with the first film. West directed and co-wrote the movie with Goth. After the official announcement, principal photography occurred in New Zealand and was already in the post-production stage. Goth reprises her role as a younger-aged Pearl. A24 produced the project, with Jacob Jaffke, Harrison Kreiss and Kevin Turen serving as producers and West, Goth, Mescudi and Sam Levinson as executive producers. A sneak preview was also shown only in X_(2022_Film)’s post-credits scene for North American releases.[citation needed] Pearl was released theatrically in North America on September 16, 2022, approximately six months after the release of X_(2022_Film).

A third instalment in the series, MaXXXine, was announced shortly before the release of Pearl, which will focus on Maxine’s character in 1980s Los Angeles, following the events depicted in X_(2022_Film).

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