We’re very, very excited about upcoming horror anthology XX and a few new pictures have been released following the announcement that it will be playing at the Sundance Film Festival, before getting a US release on 17 February, from Bloody Disgusting.
XX features an all-female director roster, and it’s a pretty fantastic one. There’s Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, Jennifer’s Body), Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound), Jovanka Vuckovic (The Caged Bird), and the awesome Annie Clarke, better known as St Vincent.
There’s not much by way of plot details, but Bloody Disgusting also reports that Vuckovic’s segment will be based on Jack Ketchum’s fantastic short story The Box (not to be confused with Richard Matheson’s short story The Box, which was turned into a film by Richard Kelly).
The film stars the brilliant Melanie Lynskey, Natalie Brown, Mike Doyle, Christina Kirk, Kyle Allen, Peyton Kennedy, Peter DaCunha, Ron Lea, Jonathan Watton, Lisa Renee Pitts, and Morgan Peter Brown.
We don’t yet know when XX will hit the UK, but we’ve got our fingers crossed for a prompt release following the US date.
We’ve had a flood of anthology horror films in the last few years, but that flood does now seem to have died down into a still-fairly-serious river. The V/H/S and The ABCs Of Death series don’t seem to be moving, but films like Southbound showed that there’s still life in the format with some genuinely creepy weirdness and some great gory shocks. On the other hand, films like Holidays are more of a mixed bag, with a couple of brilliant segments carrying an unsatisfying whole.
However, the talent assembled for XX is really exciting and we can’t wait to see what these filmmakers have put together.
You can read our interview with Benjamin about working on Southbound, making female-driven horror and loving anthologies here.
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