Horror anthologies have encountered a bit of a resurgence in the past half decade or so. To name a few, The ABCs Of Death, V/H/S and Holidays have helped inspire a slight revival in a genre that was never really a genre to begin with. Soon, there will be another to add to the list.
Magnet Releasing has today unveiled the first trailer for XX, an anthology consisting of four grisly tales each directed by women. Karyn Kusama (The Invitation), Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound, another recent anthology), Jovanka Vuckovic (The Captured Bird) and most interestingly, Annie Clark – better known as St. Vincent – will each direct a segment.
The trailer promises an abundance of menacing children, contorted bodies and ominous shadows; admittedly aspects found in most horror films but there’s an extra sense of dread to the trailer, and the overarching theme of women solely at the helm of an anthology for the first time is more than intriguing.
The synopsis for the film is as follows:
“…all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and directed by fiercely talented women: Annie Clark (St. Vincent) rocks her directorial debut with THE BIRTHDAY PARTY; Karyn Kusama (THE INVITATION, GIRLFIGHT) exorcises HER ONLY LIVING SON; Roxanne Benjamin (SOUTHBOUND) screams DON’T FALL; and Jovanka Vuckovic (THE CAPTURED BIRD) dares to open THE BOX”.
“Award-winning animator Sofia Carrillo (LA CASA TRISTE) wraps together four suspenseful stories of terror featuring a cast including Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool and Christina Kirk”.
The film will debut at the Sundance Film Festival next week, before being released to select cinemas and VOD on Friday, February 17.