In less than a decade, A24 has gone from a fringe indie studio to a name that is widely celebrated by cinephiles around the world. The studio has put out a wide range of films from a variety of filmmakers, some already highly established, some homegrown, and they have also given some of your favorite stars the chance to direct their first films. They've put out awards-favorite films such as Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird, and Lenny Abrahamson's Room, but perhaps their most successful output is their horror films.
The studio has given acclaimed genre auteurs such as Robert Eggers and Ari Aster a chance to truly show moviegoers what they're capable of. 2022 looks to be a great year for horror for the studio as they have Academy Award nominee Alex Garland's next film Men starring this year's Best Supporting Actress nominee Jessie Buckley in the lead, as well as the star-studded Gen-Z slasher flick Bodies, Bodies, Bodies, and last but certainly not least, Ari Aster's latest horror-epic Disappointment Blvd starring Academy Award-winner Joaquin Phoenix and an all-star cast that also includes Amy Ryan, Nathan Lane, Patti LuPone, Parker Posey, Stephen McKinley-Henderson, Michael Gandolfini, Zoe Lister-Jones, and Richard Kind.
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Before those films hit the big-screen, A24 has another spooky movie up their sleeve from Ti West, the underrated horror auteur behind The House of the Devil, in the form of X, a film that promises to blend camp, 70s slashers, pornography, killer old people, and Kid Cudi together in a nice bloody package (I mean, what more could you possibly want?). X looks to be quite different from any of the other big horror films A24 has done before with a much less serious approach than the likes of Hereditary and The VVitch. With a release date that is just around the corner, here is your handy guide on everything you need to know before going into X.
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Here's The Official Red Band Trailer For X
A24 released the first official trailer for X on January 12, 2022, just in time for the fifth installment of the Scream franchise. The trailer, which is set to a cover of the Muddy Waters song "I Just Want to Make Love to You" is definitely NSFW, with glimpses of sexual intercourse, bloody violence, and lots of cursing, so maybe wait until you are at home to check out the trailer. There's a very campy B-movie tone to the trailer, which makes sense if one were to look back at some of West's other films. With a title card that reads "From The Studio That Brought You Hereditary," the marketing department is not afraid to let audiences know this is not your typical horror pic and of course, will make the diehard fans of the studio squeal in delight.
When Does X Come Out?
X will have its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas on March 13, 2022. The horror pic is then scheduled to hit theaters everywhere just a few days later on March 18, 2022, where it will be opening against Sony's Sandra Oh-led horror film Umma from producer Sam Raimi as well as the Focus Features backed period thriller The Outfit starring Academy Award winner and Mescudi's Don't Look Up co-star Mark Rylance as well as Zoey Deutch and Dylan O'Brien.
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Who's In the Cast of X?
X has an impressive cast of both rising stars, familiar faces, and character actors. Jenna Ortega stars as Lorraine, the youngest and most innocent member of the film crew, who looks to be the 'final girl' of this slasher. Ortega has been in the business since the age of 10, appearing as a younger version of the titular character in the popular CW dramedy Jane The Virgin as well as small roles in films and shows from the likes of Iron Man 3, Insidious Chapter 2, and CSI: NY. The 19-year-old actress got her first big break in 2016, starring in the hit Disney Channel series Stuck In The Middle which ended its run in 2018. Ortega then went on to have a key role in the second season of the successful Netflix series You alongside Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti.
Ortega also starred in Netflix's horror-comedy sequel The Babysitter: Killer Queen opposite Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, and Emily Alyn Lind. Additionally, Ortega starred alongside Jennifer Garner and Edgar Ramirez in the family comedy Yes Day on Netflix. 2022 is already a big year for Ortega, she had a leading role in the aforementioned Scream, sharing the screen with franchise veterans Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette as well as franchise newcomers Melissa Barrera and Jack Quaid. Ortega headlined Megan Park's directorial debut The Fallout, which was released by Warner Bros in January via HBO Max. She can currently be seen sharing the screen with Dave Grohl and The Foo Fighters in the horror-comedy Studio 666. Next up for the actress is perhaps her biggest project to date: Tim Burton's live-action Addams Family Netflix series, Wednesday, where she'll be donning the pigtails and playing the titular role.
Scott Mescudi, who's more known for his stage name Kid Cudi, is easily the most recognizable name in the cast as Jackson Hole (yes, that is his character's name, he is a 70s porn star after all). Over the course of his music career, Cudi has been nominated for 6 Grammy Awards, winning 2. Some of his most known tracks include "Mr. Rager," "Pursuit Of Happiness," and "Day 'N' Nite" (which recently has been prominently featured in the marketing for the new Marvel Studios Disney+ series Moon Knight starring Oscar Isaac).
In the last decade, Mescudi has appeared in several films and shows, playing himself in the long-awaited time-traveling comedy sequel Bill & Ted Face The Music, acting opposite Aaron Paul in Need For Speed, a supporting role in Luca Guadagnino's HBO limited series We Are Who We Are, and a three-episode run on the third season of Westworld. Most recently Mescudi had a supporting role in Adam McKay's polarizing Best Picture nominee Don't Look Up as music superstar DJ Chello and he even performed an original song for the film alongside his on-screen girlfriend Ariana Grande in the form of the insanely catchy "Just Look Up." Coming up for the superstar is the Shawn Levy-produced Disney+ movie Crater and the animated Netflix series Entergalactic from executive producer Kenya Barris.
Brittany Snow and Mia Goth are also on the call sheet as Bobby-Lynne and Maxine respectively. Snow is most known for her role as Chloe in Universal's Pitch Perfect franchise and has also shown up in films such as Hairspray and Someone Great. Goth has appeared in plenty of genre-fare including Guadagnino's 2018 remake of Suspiria, Gore Verbrisnki's artsy horror film A Cure For Wellness, and Claire Denis' sci-fi pic High Life where she shared the screen with Batman himself, Robert Pattinson. Coming up for Goth is Brandon Cronenberg's Infinity Pool which also stars Alexander Skarsgård.
Martin Henderson, Owen Campbell, Stephen Ure, and James Gaylen fill out the rest of the cast list.
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When And Where Was X Filmed?
Filming for X took place from February 16 until March 16, 2021. Unlike the film's in-story movie, filming did not actually take place on a remote Texas ranch, but in New Zealand's North Island in the cities of Whanganui, Fordell, and the Rangitikei town of Bulls.
What Is X All About Anyway?
According to the official film synopsis from A24, X follows an adult film crew who come to a remote Texas farmhouse to film a porno. Sensing something is immediately off about the elderly owners of the property, the crew learns that their skepticism was right as their hosts' true intentions arise and well, it ain't pretty. Who lives, who dies; we'll just have to see the movie and find out for ourselves.
Here's the official synopsis:
In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives.
Will Maxine be a horror movie? ›
The plot will for sure follow Maxine's journey to pornographic stardom. And apparently the film will fall into a different horror subgenre, so don't go in expecting another slasher, folks.What is Maxxine gonna be about? ›
MaXXXine's official synopsis reads: “The film follows Maxine, after the events of X, as the sole survivor who continues her journey towards fame setting out to make it as an actress in 1980's Los Angeles.” The setting will be LA in the 1980s, which of course was a wild place and time.Does Mia Goth play 2 characters in X? ›
The common thread that holds the horror trilogy together is model/actress Mia Goth, who plays both the murderous Pearl in the past and present, as well as the defiant lead and final girl, Maxine. Out of the entire cast of X, Mia Goth, who plays Pearl in X, is the only one who is billed with a double role.Is there going to be a sequel to X? ›
Ti West completes his X trilogy with the upcoming MaXXXine, a sequel to last year's horror movies X and Pearl that will bring Mia Goth's title character into the 1980s. Filming on MaXXXine is now underway, and A24 has shared a first-look photo from the upcoming movie.What is the Netflix horror movie that can't be finished? ›
It seems that Netflix has a horror hit on its hands that is apparently scaring viewers so much, some can't even finish it. The movie in question is the religiously themed and very befittingly named Eerie.Is MaXXXine coming out in 2023? ›
MaXXXine is an upcoming 2023 horror movie, sequel to X (2022) and Pearl (2022).What is the new movie Boothakalam? ›
Bhoothakaalam ( transl. Past) is a 2022 Indian Malayalam-language horror film written and directed by Rahul Sadasivan, starring Shane Nigam and Revathy. The film is produced by Anwar Rasheed under the banner Plan T Films in association with Shane Nigam Films.What is Shinkais next movie? ›
This story of closing doors that connect our past to the present and future will leave a lasting impression upon all of our hearts. Drawn in by these mysterious doors, Suzume's journey is about to begin. You can see how far things go between Suzume and Chair-kun when Suzume comes to theaters on April 12, 2023.Is Maxine related to Pearl? ›
Pearl And Maxine Aren't Related
Since Mia Goth plays both roles, there's speculation surrounding the X movie Pearl character and Maxine being related. As of now, the two have no relation — but it doesn't mean that MaXXXine can't change that.
Later that month, LaBeouf confirmed their nuptials on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In September 2018, it was announced the couple had separated and filed for divorce. In February 2022, it was reported that the couple had reconciled and Goth was pregnant with their first child. Their daughter was born in March 2022.
Who is X's iconic villain? ›
Pearl is the main antagonist of the 2022 erotic slasher film X and the titular villainous protagonist in the prequel film Pearl.How old is Pearl in Pearl? ›
The prequel will see Pearl in her twenties, placing the older version of Pearl in X at around 80 years old, which makes sense given how frail she appears.Where does infinity pool take place? ›
With Infinity Pool, Brandon Cronenberg takes horror fans on a hellish trip to the paradisiac island country of La Tolqa in one of the best horror movies of 2023.What year is Pearl set in? ›
Set in the year 1918, Pearl is trapped on her family's isolated farm, tending to her ailing father (Matthew Sunderland), and under the constant, overbearing watch of her devout and fearful mother (Tandi Wright).What was the horror movie that was banned? ›
The Exorcist – 1973
Though many of us would have known or watched this movie, it is worthy to be on the banned Horror movies list. That said, the movie is still banned, and an HD version of it isn't be easily found online either.
- 24 Hour Psycho (1993) TV-MA | 1,440 min | Horror. ...
- Amy's Night Out (2007) 675 min | Horror. ...
- Fan (II) (2017) Not Rated | 623 min | Horror. ...
- The Soulless (2014) 450 min | Horror, Sci-Fi. ...
- The Cremaster Cycle (2003) ...
- DAU. ...
- Homunculus (1916) ...
- Zombie Horror Fright Fest! (
'A Nightmare on Elm Street' 9 Movies.What comes out June 2023? ›
- Click (June 1) Sony Pictures Releasing. ...
- Fame (June 1) United Artist. ...
- Hairspray (June 1) New Line Cinema. ...
- Just Mercy (June 1) Warner Bros. ...
- Little Shop of Horrors (June 1) The Geffen Company. ...
- Selena (June 1) Warner Bros. ...
- The Evil Dead (June 1) ...
- Magic Mike's Last Dance (June 2)
An official release date has not yet been announced, but since MaXXXine only started filming just recently, it's looking like we might not get to see MaXXXine until sometime in 2024.What is MileApo new movie 2023? ›
MileApo's most-awaited Be On Cloud's period movie title has been revealed! Actors Mile Phakphum and Apo Nattawin, known as #MileApo, are the lead actors from the hit Thai BL 2022 'Kinn Porsche The Series'.
What new remake movies are coming out? ›
- 1 'Barbie' ...
- 2 'Wonka' ...
- 3 'Titanic' ...
- 4 'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny' ...
- 5 'Scream 6' ...
- 6 'The Expendables' ...
- 7 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Vol:3. ...
- 8 'John Wick 4'
Al Pacino, le Bronx et la fureur (2022) - IMDb.Are they making all 5 after movies? ›
Is there a release date for After Everything? Yes! The newest chapter in the After franchise will premiere in theaters beginning September 13, 2023.Is there another movie coming out in 2024? ›
The top June 2024 movie releases are The Karate Kid Sequel, Ballerina, Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part Two, Inside Out 2 and Untitled Sony and Marvel Universe Film .Will there be any more Studio Ghibli movies? ›
How Do You Live is the next film from the legendary Studio Ghibli. Hayao Miyazaki's next Studio Ghibli film now has a Japanese release date. Revealed on Twitter, Studio Ghibli said the upcoming How Do You Live is set to hit theaters in Japan on July 14, 2023.Is Pearl a sociopath? ›
Yet, Pearl is also a sociopath. Whether those tendencies were created by her mother's overbearing overprotection, or they were always latently there and became more pronounced because of her living situation is never answered. It does, however, make you afraid of her, to keep your distance lest you incur her wrath.Is Maxine the daughter of Pearl? ›
Maxine and Pearl weren't related by blood, but they were connected by their dreams. If the two were the same age and tried to become actors at the same time, they might have even been friends, or enemies depending on how you look at it.What happened to Mia Goth eyebrows? ›
For the most part, I don't do anything to my brows. They aren't bleached, just naturally light. Maybe when I was a little kid I thought they were strange, but I realized as I got older, the things that make you different are the things that are special about you.Who is Shia's wife? › Who is Shia married to now? ›
What happened to Shia Lebouf? ›
He has been treated in rehab multiple times for addiction issues, writing the script for Honey Boy during a stay in a facility in 2016. LaBeouf had originally been set to star in Olivia Wilde's controversy-struck film Don't Worry Darling, but exited the project in 2020.Does Pearl have a mental illness? ›
It's made clear to the film's audience that Pearl suffers from anxiety from her life as an army wife to her husband Howard (Alistair Sewell).Who is Kang Chi villain? ›
Jo Gwan-woong is main villain of Gu Family Book is coppurted nobleman who lusted Yoon Seo-hwa who waa mother of Kang Chi who become his enemy.Is Pearl LGBTQ? ›
Pearl was very positively received for being a lesbian character in an animated series, following a pattern of LGBT themes in children's animated series such as Adventure Time and The Legend of Korra.Who did Pearl love? ›
Yes, Pearl loved Rose deeply, and Steven's presence is a constant reminder that Rose didn't love her in quite the same way. (Never mind what happened in “Now We're Only Falling Apart,” because their iffy relationship dynamics are another essay.) But even Pearl recognizes that something about herself is skewed.Who does Pearl love? ›
It's confirmed that Pearl was in love with Rose due to the events of "Lion 3: Straight to Video"; "Rose's Scabbard"; "Story for Steven"; "Sworn to the Sword"; "We Need to Talk"; and "Chille Tid".Is infinity pool Rated R? ›
Rated R for “graphic violence, disturbing material, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use, and some language.” “I think at that point,” the director said, “they felt we had sort of met them on their terms.” Audio produced by Tally Abecassis.Where is the tallest infinity pool? ›
Dubai is home to the highest infinity swimming pool in the world. At 200 meters high, you can enjoy incredible views of the city, and maybe even find yourself in a cloud or two, while swimming in the outdoor infinity pool atop the St. Regis Hotel in Dubai.Are infinity pools safe? ›
Are infinity pools dangerous? Infinity pools aren't dangerous. The missing edge is just a trick of the eye and is no more dangerous than any regular pool. Experienced pool builders have a thorough understanding of the relationship between basins and water levels.Will there be a Pearl 3? ›
Back in September, just a few days before director Ti West's Pearl (watch it HERE) – a prequel to his film X (watch that one at THIS LINK) – reached theatres, production / distribution company A24 announced that they had given the greenlight to a third film in the franchise: MaXXXine .
How old is Pearl meant to be? ›
Pearl is not meant to be a realistic character. Rather, she is a complicated symbol of an act of love and passion, an act which was also adultery. She appears as an infant in the first scaffold scene, then at the age of three, and finally at the age of seven.What color is Pearl? › Is the girl in the window a horror movie? ›
GIRL AT THE WINDOW is a new horror-thriller from Australia. A so-called “Ozploitation” movie that should appeal to many genre fans. It's not amazing, but still good.What is the last girl in a horror movie called? ›
The final girl is a trope in horror films (particularly slasher films). It refers to the last girl(s) or woman alive to confront the killer, ostensibly the one left to tell the story.What horror movie is about a girl in an asylum? ›
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See No Evil (released in the United Kingdom as Blind Terror) is a 1971 British-American psychological horror-thriller film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Mia Farrow as a recently-blinded woman who is stalked by a psychopath while staying at her family's rural estate.What is the parody of the girl in the window? ›
Netflix's The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window is an incredible spoof on murder mysteries, primarily those featuring amateur female detectives battling personal demons and psychiatric issues.Who is the clockwork killer in the girl at the window? ›
An Australian psychological drama of sorts the story delves on a young student (Ella Newton) who believes her next door neighbour is allegedly the 'clockwork killer' (Vince Colosimo) a serial killer who goes around the neighbourhood abducting, torturing, and murdering the young locals.What movie kicked off the horror genre? ›
The Golden Age of Horror
Caligari (1920) and Nosferatu (1922), the first movies to really make an attempt to unsettle their audience.
Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) from the Halloween franchise is regarded as one of the earliest and most influential examples of the Final Girl. As the OG "Scream Queen," every Final Girl since pays homage to her legacy.
What is the longest name for a horror movie? ›
Titled Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Alien, Flesh Eating, Hellbound, Zombified Living Dead Part 2 sometimes with the added title in Shocking 2-D is a 1991 horror spoof written and directed by James Riffel under the ...What movie is about a girl held hostage and sleeps in a box under their bed? ›
In 1977, a girl is kidnapped and kept in a coffin-sized box. When her captors let her out, it's only to abuse her horribly. Will she ever escape?Who is the weird girl on American Horror Story Asylum? ›
Best known as the first crossover character, the fan-favorite "Pepper" on FX's American Horror Story: Asylum & Freak Show, Naomi also appeared as a new character, the Satanist "Samantha Crowe" in the eighth season, Apocalypse.
Naomi Grossman (born February 6, 1975) is an American actress, writer, and producer best known for her role as Pepper in the second and fourth season of the FX horror television series American Horror Story.What 70s kids show turned into a horror movie? ›
Serving as a horror reimagining of Hanna-Barbera's 1968 children's television series The Banana Splits, the film stars Dani Kind, Steve Lund, Celina Martin, Finlay Wotjak-Hissong, Sara Canning, Romeo Carere, and Maria Nash, with Eric Bauza as the voice of the Banana Splits.What horror movie has a baby doll mask? ›
If you've seen "Happy Death Day" or trailers and posters for its sequel, then you're probably familiar with the creepy baby mask worn by the killer in the film.What horror film is about a deaf girl? ›
A deaf and mute writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window. A deaf and mute writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window.