Everything we know about Ti West’s prequel to X

Earlier this year, Ti West released the ’70s-set slasher film X, his first feature film in six years. A product of the renowned indie film studio A24, X was a critical success, and now fans can look forward to the prequel. Ti West’s Secret Project, pearl, was shot immediately afterwards X packaged and serves as the origin story for the first film’s titular villain.

Mia Goth, who played the dual roles of final girl Maxine and senior citizen Pearl X, will reprise her role as the latter and take center stage again. A new trailer for the film teases sex, murder and betrayal — much like X – and fans can’t wait to see how it compares. Luckily they don’t have to wait long. With pearl‘s release on the horizon, here’s a look at what else to expect from the slasher, which seems to be as X-quoting as its inspiration.

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X follows a group of adult filmmakers in the late ’70s who head to rural Texas to make a film. While staying in an old farmhouse, they try to keep their project a secret, but elderly hosts Pearl and Howard (Stephen Ure) catch them in the act and murder them one by one. Pearl, takes place several decades earlier, in 1918. In the film, Pearl is shown living with her parents in the same house where the massacre took place X eventually takes place.

As the trailer shows, Pearl’s father is sick and her devout mother is cruel. All she wants is to get off the farm and be “special, dance on screen like the pretty girls in the pictures.” She is so desperate to make this dream come true that she is willing to kill for it, as she has shown contemplating feeding her father to the crocodiles and wielding a pitchfork. In many ways, Pearl isn’t all that different from Maxine. West acknowledges this and tells Fangoria:

I love that Mia was able to create a villain with the character of Pearl who wouldn’t be a normal villain and I love how she brought some of the humanity to this character which is what makes this film so special [Pearl] depends.

Of course, the film will show Pearl’s origins, but fans will have to wait and see exactly what twists and turns there are pearl has in stock.

Lead actress Mia Goth is no stranger to the horror genre. Apart from XGoth previously starred in Gore Verbinskis A cure for wellness and Luca Guadagninos suspiracy make new. Her performance in the latter was critically acclaimed, and the film itself won the Robert Alman award at the Independent Spirit Awards.

Join Goth pearl are the actors David Corenswet (The politician, Hollywood), Tandi Wright (Nothing trivial, The Returnee), Matthew Sunderland (Out of the blue, The Nightingale)and Emma Jenkins-Purro (The Brokenwood Mysteries, past). All have unspecified roles, but the trailer reveals that Wright and Sunderland will play Pearl’s mother and father, respectively, and Jenkins-Purro will play her competition. Considering the strong performances in the story of all the actors, there are high hopes that this film will not disappoint.


Ti West wrote and directed pearl with Goth as co-writer. West told various sources in the months leading up to filming Xhe and Goth developed pearl together over FaceTime, not knowing if it was going anywhere. Fortunately A24 – who will co-produce pearl with Little Lamb Productions – gave the project a thumbs up, and the quarantine made it possible. Ti West is known for its low budget horror films, including The Devil’s House and The innkeepers. His last film before that X was the western thriller In a valley of violenceand is an outlier in his filmography.

Tyler Bates and Timothy Williams provide the music pearl, with Elliot Rockett returning as cinematographer. Despite the returning crew, viewers can count pearl look very different X As West said Damn disgusting:

“In the way that X is influenced by, say, 1970s independent horror filmmaking and Americana cinema, pearl is influenced by a very different era of filmmaking.”

Elsewhere, West cites melodramas by Douglas Sirk as inspiration. Sirk was a German-American director and an Old Hollywood fixture who was most popular in the 1950s.

pearl will have its world premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival in September 2022 and is set to hit theaters on September 16. There are only six months between them X and pearl, and it may come as a surprise that West is already thinking about a third film to complement the construction saga. As he said IndieWire in a recent interview:

“I’m trying to build a world out of all of this, like people do these days… You can’t make a slasher movie without a few sequels.”

Mia Goth also has another project in mind, the sci-fi thriller infinity pool. Written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg, infinity pool follows wealthy couple James (Alexander Skarsgård) and Em Foster (Goth) as they vacation on the fictional island of La Tolqa, where they encounter the hedonistic subculture and surreal horrors that underlie their lavish beach resort. Little else is known about the film, so stay tuned for updates.


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