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XX (2017)
Movie Review by The Gravedigger

XX (2017) This horror anthology, consisting of four stories, is directed by women directors. The first tale, THE BOX, based on the Jack Ketchum short story. A mother and her son and daughter ride the subway in NYC when an odd looking man sits next to them holding a red box. The boy asks what's in it and the man shows him and whispers something. We don't hear what he says or see what's in the box but it clearly disturbs the kid. So he stops eating. After this goes on for days it concerns his parents, who then take him to a hospital. Then a week goes by. He tells his sister what he saw in the box and she stops eating-and when he whispers to his father the dad begins to starve to death as well. It's a disturbing, downbeat tale that is very creepy.

In the next story a young woman gets pregnant every time she has sex, no matter if she uses protection or not. Distraught, she asks her therapist what to do and the woman recommends that she go on a women's retreat in the desert. The majority who are there WANT to get pregnant so she's met with some hostility. But there are a few who are extremely interested in her ability to become pregnant no matter what. In fact, she would be perfect for birthing Satan's child.

Then, there's a suburban woman whose husband has died the same day she's throwing a birthday party and she goes a little crazy trying to set everything right. Then, a tale about four twenty-something campers out in the desert who come across strange Native American rock drawings. One of the women is taken away and stalked by a demonic creature and soon becomes infected, only to attack her friends. It's a very basic story and reminded me of the Italian horror film DEMONS. In the last story a single mother realizes that her son, now turning 18 year old, is really the Anti-Christ. He starts doing horrible things but the school refuses to punish him and it seems as if everyone is on his side.

All the stories are engaging and fit the short story anthology format well. Recommended.

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