Horror anthologies have a long tradition in the movies, stretching all the way back to the silent era with “Unheimliche Geschichten” in 1919, through to “Dead of Night” in 1945, which helped significantly popularised the form, and on to “Creepshow” in 1982, directed by horror legend George Romero and written fellow genre giant Stephen King.
The latest addition to this venerable tradition is “XX,” a horror anthology that, as its title suggests, focuses on fierce female writing and directing talent.
The film’s four frightful tales are helmed by Annie Clark, better known as the singer/musician/songwriter St. Vincent, Karyn Kusama (“The Invitation,” “Girlfight,”) Roxanne Benjamin (“Southbound,”) and Jovanka Vuckovic (“The Captured Bird.”)
Clark’s contribution, “The Birthday Party,” marks the multi-talented creator’s directorial debut, while Kusama offers an intimate family story of exorcism in “Her Only Living Son,” Benjamin writes and directs her own modern fable in “Don’t Fall” and Vuckovic adapts Jack Ketchum’s acclaimed short story “The Box,” not to be confused with the 2009 Cameron Diaz film of the same name.
According to the film’s press release, each of the film’s segments are “wrapped,” with the work of award-winning animator Sofia Carrillo (“Prita Noire” “La Casa Triste.”)
“XX” is set to make its big screen premiere at the 2017 Sundance film festival in Utah in late January before going on wider release in February.
Starring Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool and Christina Kirk, “XX” will open in select theaters on February 17, with a simultaneous release on Video On Demand services the same day.