XX is the kind of horror film that should be welcomed more and ideally by larger audiences. The film is an upcoming horror anthology, which has been a more intriguing way to see younger filmmakers (as well as some veterans) show off a level of talent, without the pressure to deliver a full feature that risks burning out an initial idea. With this film, in addition to being a new horror anthology testing the skills of the filmmakers involved, each of the directors happen to all be talented women. That is certainly not new for the genre, but as the title implies, XX is setting up a chance for these female filmmakers to really shine.
As far as anthology horror goes, it's not a new conceit, but recent years have provided audiences with anthologies such as V/H/S and The ABCs of Death. Both of which have had multiple sequels, showing how popular these types of films can be. Even when not all of the short films deliver, they anthologies can offer the kind of experience that shows potential and innovation, which is what XX ideally has to offer. Everyone can get a look for themselves as Magnet Releasing has put out the first trailer for this upcoming horror experience.
Get more details on XX by reading the plot synopsis below, as there is quite a bit of talent involved in the creepy film being previewed here:
XX is a new all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and directed by fiercely talented women: Annie Clark (St. Vincent) rocks her directorial debut with THE BIRTHDAY PARTY; Karyn Kusama (THE INVITATION, GIRLFIGHT) exorcises HER ONLY LIVING SON; Roxanne Benjamin (SOUTHBOUND) screams DON’T FALL; and Jovanka Vuckovic (THE CAPTURED BIRD) dares to open THE BOX. Award-winning animator Sofia Carrillo (LA CASA TRISTE) wraps together four suspenseful stories of terror featuring a cast including Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool and Christina Kirk.
Given what is seen in the trailer, there is certainly a creep factor here. It helps that each of the films look not only different in visual style, but in the nature of the type of horror each story is relying on. One film seems like a monster movie, another looks more psychological and another has straight-up creepy imagery that seems sure to leave an impact. Hopefully there is not a weak link in the bunch, but that separation should help to keep the overall movie from burning out.
Having animator Sofia Carrillo on also means that XX's horror shorts should be wrapped together with some kind of throughline that will hopefully be intriguing as well. That hasn't always benefited some of these horror anthologies (V/H/S, in particular, suffers from its attempts at mythology building), but hopefully a unique idea will be put in to motion to link the short films together.
2016 was able to really deliver as far as horror and similarly scary genre offerings were concerned - so here's hoping XX will be part of a series of horror films that find 2017 delivering on the genre, too.
XX will be in theaters and available in On Demand, Amazon Video and iTunes February 17th, 2017.