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 (V/H/S trilogy, SOUTHBOUND) screams DON’T FALL; and Jovanka Vuckovic (THE CAPTURED BIRD, former editor of Rue Morgue Magazine) dares to open THE BOX. Award-winning animator Sofia Carrillo (LA CASA TRISTE) wraps together stories of terror, blood and mayhem. – (Source)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71% (Critics) / 17% (Audience)
Directed By: Roxanne Benjamin, Sofia Carrillo, Karyn Kusama, St. Vincent, Jovanka Vuckovic
Written By: Roxanne Benjamin, Jack Ketchum, Karyn Kusama, St. Vincent, Jovanka Vuckovic
Starring: Natalie Brown, Jonathan Watton, Peter DaCunha
Studio: Magnet Releasing
Roxanne Benjamin was successful with ‘Don’t Fall”, providing a visceral and pretty straight forward horror tale of demonic possession happening to a group of friends unlucky enough to go camping on cursed Native land.
The other successful segment was ‘Her Only Living Son’ from Karyn Kusama that was like a mix of THE OMEN and WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN. It was deliberate in it’s pacing without dragging while also cramming in a lot of story in its limited running time.
I also enjoyed the creepy stop-motion animated framing sequences from Sofia Carrillo.
Jovanka Vuckovic’s ‘The Box’ was so slow moving and downright tedious that its nearly 15 minutes felt more like 90. And just because this is an anthology film with a limited amount of time dedicated to each segment doesn’t mean that you can be overly vague and sloppy in terms of storytelling and continuity.
‘The Birthday Party’ wasn’t horror. It was barely even dark comedy. It looked like an alt-rock music video from the 1990s and it was pretty much just pointless.
Final Verdict: Most anthologies are wildly uneven with the sum of its parts never equaling out to a successfully good movie and XX is no different. XX basically turned out to be a .500 hitter going 2 for 2 in terms of good vs bad segments.