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XX Blu-ray Review


“XX” is a solid addition to the horror anthology subgenre.

As I have stated time and time again, I am a huge fan of horror anthology films. When I heard a new film featuring stories written and directed by 4 female filmmakers titled “XX” was coming down the pike, I was naturally very curious. So, what was the end result of said project? While I don’t think it’s destined to be a horror anthology classic on the level of “Creepshow,” it is well worth seeking out for horror genre fans.

As mentioned above, “XX” is comprised of 4 stories and a freaky animated wrap around story involving dolls that looks like something out of an old Tool music video. The first story (“The Box”) is based on a Jack Ketchum story and is written and directed by former Rue Morgue Magazine editor Jovanka Vuckovic. The story involves a family that is torn apart after a curious child looks into a mysterious red box. Of the four tales, this is the most inventive and unsettling. Not only is what you see on screen effective, but the short also puts your imagination in overdrive.

Written and directed by Annie Clark, “The Birthday Party” finds Mary’s birthday party for her daughter going horribly awry. To me, this feels more like a warped comedy sketch than a horror anthology installment, but that’s ok as there are many subgenres to explore in the horror genre.

Writer/director Roxanne Benjamin’s story “Don’t Fall” is the weak link of “XX.” The underdeveloped story about 4 friends becoming preyed upon by something in the desert feels like it could have been elaborated on more as there’s not much to dig into here. It’s mostly just a stylish and violent horror piece with little substance.

“Her Only Living Son” (written and directed by Karyn Kusama) is the most serious story of the lot. It’s the story of a complicated relationship between a mother and her “special” son. The whole thing has a very “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Omen” vibe to it. While the end didn’t quite work for me, it’s still a notable horror tale.


Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? Each segment has a crisp transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The track is certainly effective in what it needs to do.

* Magnet trailers and an “XX” trailer.
* “Making Of The Box” contains film clips, interviews, discussions about how “XX” came about and “The Box,” and more.
* “ XX Set Visit In 360: A Behind The Scenes Look At The Birthday Party” contains close to 2 minutes of set footage.  There’s a behind the scenes photo gallery of “The Birthday Party” extra as well.
* “Don’t Fall Stunts And Special F/X” contains behind-the-scenes footage and photos of FX and stunt work and film clips.
* “Behind The Scenes Of Her Only Living Son”- Another behind the scenes featurette.
* A 7 1/2 minute interview with the directors of “The Box” and “Her Only Living Son” Jovanka Vuckovic and Karyn Kusama.
* A 5 minute interview with “Don’t Fall” and “The Birthday Party” directors Roxanne Benjamin and Annie Clark.
* Last but not least a near 7 minute interview with wrap around filmmaker and animator Sofia Carrillo.

Overall Thoughts: “XX” is worth checking out. Hopefully there will be sequels in the near future as it would be great to see more female artists and voices tackling the horror genre.

May 13, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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