This all-female horror anthology features four dark tales from four fiercely talented women.
When director Jovanka Vuckovic introduced XX at its Sundance premiere, she made the origins of the project clear. A horror anthology that brings together installments from four female directors, Vuckovic said it was created “directly in response to the lack of opportunity for women filmmakers, particularly in the horror genre.” Horror, of course, is a genre that’s often touted as an easy first step for upcoming filmmakers, but sexism runs deep within the film industry, and for the producers of XX, one of the best ways to combat that was to simply create more opportunities for women in the first place.
The finished film combines shorts from Vuckovic, Roxanne Benjamin, Karyn Kusama (The Invitation), and Anne Clark (better known as St. Vincent), all bound together by imaginative wraparound sequences by animator Sofia Carrillo. It’s at turns terrifying, hilarious, and uneven, but succeeds in doing its most important job: showing off a range of distinct directorial voices.