Horror anthology film containing 4 segments all made by directors with the title chromosomes. Best in show is 'Her Only Living Son' from Kusama with its well scripted take on whatever happened to Rosemary's baby. Annie Clark shows promise with 'The Birthday Party' featuring another great turn by Melanie Lynskey. The other two entries are a little more horror generic but both have their moments. Worth a look.
I'm quite dissapointed with this. There's a huge potential for these narratives to evolve and really turn the knob on the eerieness of the characters esp. the rosemary's baby-esque storyline in the end, but instead, it all end up in cheezy cliffhangers. I was very stoked to see this film since it is written and directed by women, but XX just falls flat.
Despite its routine nature, Kusama's last segment is the only one that uses common womanly fears in this female-centric horror anthology. The Box, a Twilight-Zoneish, Jack Ketchum adaptation is the most unique, but succumbs to its low-key nature. The other two entries are underwhelming; a bad kind of silly (in the Birthday Party) or just very cliche (with Don't Fall.)
This is the most uninspired, underwhelming, uninteresting horror anthology I've seen in the last decade. It makes the abysmal V/H/S look like a masterpiece. The only mystery is: Who greenlighted this misguided production?
Despite having the same questionable longevity the trilogy set forth by this band of women's male contemporaries, XX has four thematically potent short films that each address a component of womanhood in a commendable manner. On an even better note, more than half of the shorts are worthy of a look.
The stories told here were so uneven and weak. It sure had style but it wasn't enough to camouflage all its flaws. A shame since I adore the concept of reuniting female directors to create horror but this anthology chose the wrong direction, which was underlined by the fact that the between sequences were far more creepier and superior than all of the stories combined.
the thing with anthology films is that they are generally uneven overall. some great, bad or just meh. the problem here is that none of the segments is anything other than uninspired meh or just plain bad. thus this anthology film is consistent in its overall poor quality. the stop motion tie ins are cute. and whats with the double repeating of titles? would the audiences forget the segment names only seconds after??
I guess it's hard to make good horror shorts, let alone anthologies, as they're even halfway decent so seldom. The idea here is good and 3 of the 4 stories deal with motherhood, but with lackluster results. The first one has good moments but the endings is weak, Clarke's one is basically a one-idea sketch and the third one is plain bad and uninspired. Only Kusama's one has some kind of emancipatory juice to it.