X (2022)

Director: Ti West
Writer: Ti West
Cast: Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow, Kid Cudi, Martin Henderson, Owen Campbell, Stephen Ure, James Gaylyn, Simon Prast
Part of: SLASH 1/2 Filmfestival
Seen on: 7.5.2022

Wayne (Martin Henderson) has rented a guest house on a remote farm and gathered his girlfriend Maxine (Mia Goth), stripper Bobby-Lynne (Brittany Snow), vet Jackson (Kid Cudi) camera man RJ (Owen Campbell) and RJ’s girlfriend Lorraine (Jenny Ortega). Together they plan on shooting a farm-themed porno. Of course, the old farmer (Stephen Ure) can’t know about that part. But his frail wife Pearl gets wind of it. And that turns out to be much more dangerous for them than they could ever anticipate.

X was okay, but not exactly great. I liked the first part, but the second part left me pretty cold. There is a bit of nice meta commentary, but I was hoping for a little more.

The film poster showing Maxine (Mia Goth) holding an axe, behind a big wooden X.
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Deathgasm (2015)

Director: Jason Lei Howden
Writer: Jason Lei Howden
Cast: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman, Sam Berkley, Daniel Cresswell, Delaney Tabron, Stephen Ure
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 18.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]

Brodie (Milo Cawthorne) loves metal music, but unfortunately feels completely out of place with his love at his new school. That is, until he meets Zakk (James Blake) in a record shop. The two of them decide to found a band, together with Dion (Sam Berkley) and Giles (Daniel Cresswell). When Zakk and Brodie stumble upon the apparently abandoned home of former metal legend Rikki Daggers (Stephen Ure), they not only find Rikki himself, but Rikki hands them sheet music to keep safe. Sheet music that is apparently written to summon demons. Soon all hell breaks loose. Literally.

Deathgasm was written by a metalhead for metalheads, a group of people I am not a part of. But that didn’t matter in the least to me: I still enjoyed the film a lot.

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