XX – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

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

The Good:
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.

The Bad:
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 Ugly:
‘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.

Grade: C

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