Bad filmmaking is bad filmmaking. As much as I wanted to support this film, I hated just about every botched attempt at it. Only the final short was anything worthwhile, but that didn't make up for all the aggravating attempt at horror which amounted to less than irritating when "auteurs" like these meander in dogshit psychosis.
The quality of this anthology ranges from all right to unwatchable: The Box: An interesting premise that didn’t have enough ideas to last twenty minutes. The Birthday Party: Didn’t take the time to set up or convey character motivations so everything became nonsensical. Don’t Fall: Nothing too original but a solid entry and best of the four by far. Her Only Living Son: Same problem as the first short.
Quattro episodi, di cui solamente il primo e il quarto risultano minimamente interessanti. Gli altri hanno qualche spunto, ma sono abbastanza scadenti. Sceneggiature inconcludenti, con partenze carine e conclusioni tirate via. Buone la curiosità creata nel primo episodio e alcune sequenze ben fatte. Lato tecnico mediocre che non resta impresso. Nel complesso un lavoro mediocre che non valorizza gli spunti narrativi.
The problem is there is a wild inconsistency in tone even between only four tales - a jarring jump from the (worst) 3rd section which is straight monster genre to the 4th which is more politically undertoned... without a guiding creed it falls flat, hopefully a concept to be salvaged in the future with more purpose.
Not quite what I expected. Some of the segments are totally regular: not that good, not that bad. But, St. Vincent's segment - The Birthday Cake - worked really well. It looked like a contemporary rereading of Alfred Hitchcock's Rope. If it was a single short movie, I would give it 4 stars.
The fourth was unquestionably the most competent. Otherwise, potential scares or tension were generally killed by over reliance on overly synthesized 'scary' sounds and music cues. I'd say 'The Box' was the second most interesting, as far as having the potential to say something but not really amounting to much as far as messages go. Also, the stop-motion stuff was pretty nifty.
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.
This was one of the worst horror anthologies yet and the stop-motion animation sequences between stories was all I really enjoyed. There was no over-arching connecting story like we saw in classic horror anthologies, it had an incredibly short run-time giving each tale no time to develop, and its whole gimmick rode solely on the tokenizing of women, 3/4 of whom had little to no actual experience in film.
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.
One of the weaker horror anthology movies in a while. What works here is The Box (good segment) and Her Only Living Son (well kinda works) but even they do not feel fully formed but more like sketches of great ideas not come to fruition. The other two are pretty uninteresting and even more unfinished. Another problem here is that all the segments are not scary at all. Clearly a missed opportunity.
I"m not sure why the other reviews are so harsh for this anthology of short films, directed by some awesome female directors that know how to handle their subjects well. Each tale is original in their respective ways; that being said, "The Box" is the most striking from a story and performance standpoint, and "The Birthday Party" will leave you wondering. The other two are up for interpretation. Still, see this one.
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??
What a disappointment. I love horror anthologies and while they are never greater than the sum of their parts, XX doesn't have anything going for it - besides gender politics. The shorts range from very bad to meh. The best film of the bunch - The Birthday Party by first time director St. Vincent is easily the best. Karyn Kusama's Rosemary's Baby mini-sequel is a total bust. The other two aren't worth mentioning.
Hats off to the trailer editor for psyching me out. Vuckovic's The Box feels like a pointless creepypasta. Clark's The Birthday Party is a near miss: part PeeWee's Playhouse, part quirky music video sans music. Benjamin's Don't Fall, the most genre-staid, offers the only genuine frights. Kusama's Her Only Son is also treadworn but like Benjamin's piece would be better as a feature. I kinda want my money back. 2.5