New ’70s-Style Horror Film Scores 100% Rotten Tomatoes, Compared to Texas Chain Saw Massacre

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Ti West has written and directed a few well-received horror films over the years, from Devil’s House to The Innkeepers. Now, the filmmaker’s latest film, simply titled X, is being hailed as his best yet.

In 1979, X sees a group of young creatives travel to rural Texas in hopes of secretly making an adult film. However, making a porn movie becomes the least of their worries when the elderly, reclusive couple they’re staying with gets wind of what they’re up to, and the gang find themselves fighting for their lives.

Starring Brittany Snow, Scott Mescudi, Martin Henderson, Owen Campbell, Mia Goth and Jenna Ortega, who recently established herself as a scream queen in Scream, X has been called by critics “wildly funny” and “viscerally violent”. to early rave reviews.

Many have compared the new horror flick to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 genre classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, with X holding a 100% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Ti West’s X delivers big, slasher-style thrills, but also adds a surprisingly powerful examination of aging, the power of beauty, and what happens when you lose that power,” says Perri Nerimoffhighlighting Goth’s performance as she scores the film 4.5 out of 5.

Jenna Ortega as Lorraine in X

(Image credit: A24)

“Boosting West’s knack for capturing period vibes and an unusually engaging cast, the picture is meatier than the average slasher film,” writes John DeFore from The Hollywood Reporter.

“Without a doubt, X is a triumph in every possible way: it defies expectations, it is both thoughtful and thought-provoking in equal measure, and the way West is able to effortlessly create tension and dread is downright transcendent”, Heather Wixson of Daily Dead gets excited.

Many reactions celebrate that the characters – pornstars Bobby-Lynne (Snow), Maxine (Goth), Jackson (Mescudi), producer Wayne (Henderson), director RJ (Campbell) and mic operator boom Lorraine (Ortega) – are refreshingly fleshed out.

“What X brings to the table with its well-written characters, great kills, and patient pace of storytelling is a true meditation on sex, youth, and our collective human terror around aging,” says Ed Travis of Cinapse.

Shannon McGrew of Nightmarish Conjurings suggests that X will “excite you” and “get your heart racing” in equal measure, while David Crow from Den of Geek celebrates how the film finds the “soft side of a Texas Porn massacre”.

At last, Meagan Navarro of Bloody Disgusting gushed: “A narratively different beast that demonstrates why West should have full reign to go full throttle on deranged, wild, intense horror-comedies more often. It’s a blast.”

Until X hits cinemas on Friday, March 18, why not check out our list of the best horror movies of all time.

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