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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 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 ... 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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Four deadly tales by four killer women

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official Site

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,222, 19 February 2017

Gross USA:

$30,911

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,668
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

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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Connections

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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Female directors fail at making female characters interesting
4 March 2017 | by Jacob_FeircloughSee all my reviews

When the very poster draws heavy focus to the fact that the shorts are directed by women, one assumes that you will finally be able to see film through a female lens. Those in the film industry are frequently excited by the prospect of having the stories and viewpoints of women shown as it opens up stories that previously have been masked. Female characters frequently are left underdeveloped and masked in the backgrounds of features. You can imagine my disappointment to read that tag line on the poster, just to find that 3 of the 4 shorts are as generic and soulless as the dregs of the horror industry.

The first 3 shorts are as uninspired, uninteresting and cliché as imaginable. 3 of the 4 stories feature white, middle-aged stay-at-home mothers, of which are the manifestation of what most people complain about when a female character is given minimal attention and effort from a male director.

The 1st and 3rd short offer absolutely nothing we haven't seen before, and the 2nd short isn't even remotely within the horror genre. The director of the 2nd short has somehow managed to convince herself that adding loud, eerie music to a regular scene creates a horror short.

The 2nd of the 4 shorts is vastly the worst, followed by the 3rd and then the 1st. The 4th short however is an interesting, if not still un-creative piece of horror. Whilst the 4th short feels reminiscent of films like The Babadook, it still manages to differentiate itself enough to warrant at least a 7/10.

Ultimately generic, uninspired and frustrating. The intermission, stop motion segments are the pinnacle of this feature. 3/10


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