January 9, 2023
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Films from 2022 that Martin Scorsese favors: TAR and Ti West’s PEARL

Scorsese often finds a way to publicly champion the films he loves most in a given year. “Tár” joins Ti West’s horror movie “Pearl” as one of two 2022 titles the Oscar-winning filmmaker has issued a statement of praise for. Back in September, he said “Pearl” was “so deeply disturbing” that he had trouble sleeping afterwards.

“‘Pearl’ makes for a wild, mesmerizing, deeply — and I mean deeply — disturbing 102 minutes,” Scorsese wrote in a statement. “West and his muse and creative partner Mia Goth really know how to toy with their audience… before they plunge the knife into our chests and start twisting.”

Read full article HERE

September 21, 2022
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The New York Times: The Multiplying Horror of Ti West

The New York Times talks with GEP Alumn Ti West (THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, THE INNKEEPERS) about horror, being in the two-films-in-a-year club and the newest installment to the X trilogy, PEARL, now in theaters.

Go watch PEARL, then check out the teaser for MAXXXINE, part 3 of the X trilogy.

From NYT: There’s something unusual about Ti West’s latest film, “Pearl,” now in theaters. The movie is a 1918-set prequel to “X,” West’s homage to ’70s grindhouse, but that isn’t strange. It’s not the gruesome story of a young woman who tries to slaughter her way from farm life to silver-screen stardom. It’s not the Douglas Sirk style with a slasher sensibility.

What’s peculiar is that both “Pearl” and “X” were released just six months apart, a bonanza for any filmmaker. It’s a twofer for the actress Mia Goth, too: In “Pearl,” she plays the unhinged title character; in “X” she plays Maxine, a porn starlet, and another role.

There’s more: West announced last week that Goth would reprise her role as Maxine in “MaXXXine,” the third film in West’s trilogy, which will be set in ’80s Los Angeles.

It’s not unheard-of for a director to have two films come out in one year. Alfred Hitchcock did it with “Rear Window” and “Dial M for Murder” in 1954. Ida Lupino, Steven Soderbergh, and Spike Lee did it.

But for a genre guy like West, an indie director best known for slow-burn horror like “The House of the Devil” and “The Sacrament,” it’s unicorn territory. The same for Goth.

“It was my first leading role in a movie, and then it snowballed into two leading roles in two films,” Goth said in a phone interview. “It’s become the most creatively fulfilling experience.”

Read the NYT interview HERE

August 8, 2022
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We Got This Covered: Every TI WEST movie, ranked

In celebration of the announcement for Ti West’s newest film PEARL (a prequel to X), We Got This Covered compiles a list of every Ti West flick ranked, including Glass Eye titles THE ROOST, TRIGGER MAN, THE INNKEEPERS and THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL.

See full list HERE

From A24, PEARL in theaters this September.