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XX (2017)

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

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Jovanka Vuckovic (written for the screen by), Jack Ketchum (based on the story written by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Brown ... Susan Jacobs (segment "The Box")
Jonathan Watton ... Robert Jacobs (segment "The Box")
Peter DaCunha ... Danny Jacobs (segment "The Box")
Peyton Kennedy ... Jenny Jacobs (segment "The Box")
Ron Lea ... Dr. Weller (segment "The Box")
Michael Dyson ... The Man (segment "The Box")
Melanie Lynskey ... Mary (segment "The Birthday Party")
Seth Duhame ... David (segment "The Birthday Party")
Sanai Victoria ... Lucy (segment "The Birthday Party")
Sheila Vand ... Carla (segment "The Birthday Party")
Lindsay Burdge ... Madeleine (segment "The Birthday Party")
Valeria Chavez Valeria Chavez ... Party Goer (segment "The Birthday Party")
Jay Chirinos Jay Chirinos ... Party Goer (segment "The Birthday Party")
Laura G. Chirinos ... Party Goer (segment "The Birthday Party")
Brooklyn Hatrak Brooklyn Hatrak ... Party Goer (segment "The Birthday Party")
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XX is a new horror anthology with a gender twist - all segments will be helmed by female directors and will star female leads. The directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints, but all of the segments themselves will involve the horror genre. Written by Anonymous

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Four deadly tales by four killer women

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Horror

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Rated R for horror violence, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Canada | USA

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English

Release Date:

17 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Xx See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,818, 17 February 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,611, 17 March 2017
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2.39:1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of musician and songwriter St. Vincent, who goes by her birth name Annie Clark for the film, and Jovanka Vuckovic. See more »

Quotes

Susan Jacobs (segment "The Box"): You love spaghetti.
Susan Jacobs (segment "The Box"): It... It's been three days.
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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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XX Marks the Spot
Written and performed by Mj Mynarski (as MJ Mynarski)
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A short review of "XX" (2017)
3 March 2017 | by ericrnolanSee all my reviews

I'm sorry to report that this year's "XX" doesn't quite live up to the great horror anthology that its trailer promises. This quarter of female-directed horror shorts is actually quite average, when considered together, and I'd give it a 6 out of 10.

Only the first segment is truly memorable — "The Box," adapted from a short story by Jack Ketchum. The directing and scoring is superb. (Seriously, the music is quite good.) The acting is also good throughout this segment, most especially by "The Strain's" Natalie Brown. She's a good actress and she's starting to grow on me. (And her memorable last lines here, which I assume come from the text of Ketchum's story, are weird and haunting.) This quarter of "XX" gets under your skin.

Despite "The Box" being capably developed and unnerving, however, there were no conventional scares at all. It hardly felt like a horror short; it was more like a particularly macabre and ambiguous parable. Nor is the story's mystery solved — it's left open-ended.

The second segment is largely a waste of time, despite being stylishly shot and scored. (Hint: it's got the same story device as "Weekend at Bernie's.")

The remaining two tales are more standard horror stories. I'd suggest they are somewhat fair at best.

I think I would recommend this only to the most well rounded horror fans who are in the mood for something different. And, even then, it might only be for the peculiar elements of "The Box."


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