Rent X (2022)

3.2 of 5 from 312 ratings
1h 42min
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Synopsis:
In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Jacob Jaffke, Harrison Kreiss, Kevin Turen, Ti West
Writers:
Ti West
Aka:
Iks
Studio:
Entertainment In Video
Genres:
Drama, Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/06/2022
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.90:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Farmer's Daughters
  • That X Factor
  • Pearl Make Up Timelapse
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/06/2022
Run Time:
106 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.90:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Farmer's Daughters
  • That X Factor
  • Pearl Make Up Timelapse
  • Trailer

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Reviews (5) of X

Grindcore - X review by sb

Spoiler Alert
09/08/2022

Ti West's effective homage to those grindcore movies of the 70's.

Sets its stall out early as the local sheriff is called to a remote Texas farmhouse and a scene of total carnage so we know something bad has happened.

Wind back 24 hours and we meet a group of young film-makers off to make a porno movie on the cheap to cash in on the then porn chic movement.

They rent an outhouse from an elderly couple without revealing what they are really doing - one of the group Maxine (Mia Goth) wanders off and encounters Pearl who reminices on the fragility of beauty and youth but does it in a way that makes Maxine uncomfitable.

Pearl discovers what is really going on and this rekindles a latent sexuality in the old woman which is obviously rebuffed and leads to a rampage of rage and violence.

Its got bits of TCM and The Hills Have Eyes and takes its time in building the tension.

Ok towards the end it gets a bit far fetched as a bunch of healthy strapping young people are whittled down by a pair of decrepit Geriatrics but apart from that its a very effective piece.

On a side note Goth plays both Maxine and the old woman with hours of make up required and it works really well - 4/5

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

70s Style Slasher Film - X review by GI

Spoiler Alert
18/09/2022

A homage to the grind house horror movies of the 70s and 80s, which playfully references a few famous ones but doesn't add up to much more than a slasher gore film with plenty of nudity. A group of young persons rent a remote cabin on a Texas farm where they start shooting a porn movie. What they haven't banked on is the elderly farmer couple who own it are rather weird and freaky and out for blood. Mia Goth is as usual superb playing two parts here, one of the girls making the porno and the sinister Pearl, who likes to kill people. It's entertaining as far as it goes but it doesn't offer much new to the genre other than a bit of nostalgia.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Iks - X review by NP

Spoiler Alert
14/10/2022

Directed by Ti West, who was behind the very interesting ‘The Innkeepers (2011)’ and ‘The Sacrament (2013)’, this also stars Mia Goth, one of the most interesting performers around.

The results form a slow-burning slasher film built on an interesting premise: set in 1979, the main cast are staying on an isolated farm to make ‘The Farmer’s Daughters’, a film set in the burgeoning pornography industry. Apart from the in-fighting among the cast and crew, there’s also the business of the disapproving owners of the farm, octogenarians Howard (Stephen Ure) and his wife Pearl.

There’s some interesting bi-play between them all, but then things begin to get a little ridiculous, although events are based on real killings carried out by Ray & Faye Copeland in the mid-'80s.

Performances are good across the board, and the New Zealand location is put to effective use – beautiful, but remote. Strange though, even with the advancements made in effects and prosthetics, the ‘old age make-up’, as used here, is never very convincing.

Goth is good as always in both her roles – she has long since deserved the chance to play a part that gives her something interesting to do – although the reason she is playing two roles is only superficially interesting. Or, put another way, seems to be a bit of a gimmick. My score is 6 out of 10.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

X (aka Iks) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

On its surface, X may just look like a retro slasher picture about people being murdered while filming a porno. But there’s more to it than that. There’s a brilliant moment where the central characters bicker and debate about what constitutes a horror film. One of the artistic filmmakers argues that pornos can have the same build-up as horror movies, only for another to argue they’re not making a horror movie. True enough, but they don’t know that they’re in one at this very moment. This clever staging builds towards a satisfying dose of horror commentary amid its psycho-sexual staging of religious dogma and the ravages of age.

It’s 1979 and a band of young Texans is seeking to get into the world of pornography. The team is led by the slick businessman Wayne (Martin Henderson) who has secured them a location shoot on a farm. The only catch is that he hasn’t exactly told the elderly couple who reside there exactly what they’ll be doing. The grumpy Howard (Stephen Ure) and the quietly creepy (played by Mia Goth in elderly makeup) are under the assumption the young folks just need a place to sleep. It’s only once they discover the acts of sex being filmed right on their farm that things turn dark.

Before the first kill is had, however, we get to know and like some of the slasher victims. We see a lot of ambition in the actress Maxine (Mia Goth without the old-lady makeup) and the curious nature of the Christian girl Lorraine (Jenna Ortega), tempted to make her film debut. There’s sly energy between the actor couple of Bobby-Lynn (Brittany Snow) and Jackson Hole (Scott Mescudi), skilled enough in the craft they offer solid input on filmmaking. Aiming higher with the production is RJ (Owen Campbell), a director who believes that even porno can be cinematic and artful.

After a lot of tense building with the creepy couple and the gator in the lake, the kills eventually start but in the most intriguing way. Pearl is established more as the killer, bound by jealousy and a desire to be young and sexual again. Slowly, we realize that Pearl has a longing for a past that was denied. It doesn’t make her murder spree justified, of course, but it does highlight an interesting motive. It’s also a far more pleasing aspect of being aware of the passage of time, the shortness of youth, and the erotic desires than just going with the tired tale of a redneck couple just being crazy because of a mental disorder or radiation.

Despite not being so bound by the tired tropes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes, there’s definitely a spirit of retro horror present. The film doesn’t shy away from featuring the more erotic sex scenes, the goriest of deaths, and the tensest of scenes. That gritty aspect of horror films from the 1970s is alive and well in this grotesque picture, going so far with the explicit nature there’s a dark absurdity to it all. You can’t help but laugh at a moment where Mescudi approaches the old man while in the nude, letting his long penis become visible in shadow.

Director Ti West made a big return with X considering how long it’s been since his last horror film. Here is a film that feels brutal and vicious while still having more to talk about than how cool it looks that pitchforks go through eyeballs and the old people have nasty sex. It’s the down-and-dirty horror film you didn’t know you needed and it’s great that a talented director like Ti West is still delivering some amazing horror delights for the screen.

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