Daily Archives: April 28, 2020

Horror Films A to Z ~ XX


Year: 2017
Runtime: 1h 20m
Director: Roxanne Benjamin, Karyn Kusama, St. Vincent, Jovanka Vuckovic
Writer: Jovanka Vuckovic, Jack Ketchum (based on a story by), Roxanne Benjamin,  St. Vincent, Karyn Kusama
Stars: Natalie Brown, Jonathan Watton, Peter DaCunha

Four short horror films that are directed and written by women.

Initial: Not a ton of choices for “X,” but I’m ready for another anthology.

Production Notes: Directorial debut of musician St. Vincent (also known as Annie Clark).

What Did I Think: (possible spoilers ahead) I’m a little underwhelmed, to be honest, but I probably have a weird want from anything female-led: less “Mom” stories, please. Three of the four stories involved mothers and holidays (Christmas and two birthdays). I mean, I get it. Kids are unnerving and motherhood is a stressful minefield. Are there a lack of Mom horror movies? Maybe there are. Your mileage may vary when it comes to this anthology.

All of the stories were about 15 minutes long, which didn’t leave much room for too much storytelling. Karyn Kusama’s “Her Only Living Son” stood out for being a rather clever take on a horror classic. The other thing I really liked about XX was  that instead of a wrapper story, each section was bumpered by delightfully creepy stop motion by Sofia Carrillo.