Pearl (2023)

Ti West directs Mia Goth, David Corenswet and Tandi Wright in this gothic horror prequel to X, set decades earlier.

An electric central performance motors Pearl. Part Dorothy Gale, part Tracey Flick, all Norman Bates – Mia Goth should have been up for an Oscar for this level of sweetly deranged commitment. The movie itself is a pschobiddy flick’s flashback sequence writ large. Horny, deranged but only occasionally gory. This is all about mood and showcasing the deterioration of our eponymous character. It isn’t as pure or as satisfying as X (a more straightforward love letter to the slasher) but the scrappy ambition of it is very seductive.


Perfect Double Bill: MaXXXine (2024)

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