Ti West and Mia Goth, a most unexpected trilogy

As the slasher captures the hearts of horror fans, a third installment is announced.

George Bell
18th October 2022
Image Credit: IMDb
Ti West and A24 have just announced the third film in what is probably one of the most unexpected trilogies in recent history. First, we had X, then Pearl, and now in development, MaXXXine. Mia Goth fans rejoice!

It is hard to argue that alongside other modern horror masters like Jordan Peele, Ti West is one of the most influential voices in the genre at the moment, and that was only solidified with the initial outing of this trilogy, 2022’s X.

Criminally underseen mostly due to a lacklustre number of screenings in the UK, X at first glance is a generic slasher paying homage to classics like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and Friday the 13th (1980). But once you start watching, you realise it is all that and more. An intelligent reflection on the damage time and ageing can do while also shining a positive light on sex and sex work, X has been a must-see of the past year. Carrying the film was Emma (2020) actress Mia Goth in not just one, but two roles as protagonist Maxine and antagonist Pearl, with the latter using heavy makeup to appear very elderly. 

So as you sat through the credits, chances are you found yourself reflecting on what was a fun little horror number, but resigned yourself to leave it just there. That is until the post-credits reveal of a trailer for Ti West’s next film: Pearl.

In the span of hardly more than a year, we have gotten a nice duo from West with X and Pearl, making for the perfect double bill

Turns out that while filming X, Ti West and Mia Goth were secretly filming a prequel to the slasher focused entirely on the origins of villain Pearl during 1918. This film’s announcement was a massive surprise to many, yet very welcome after X’s critical success. Currently, the film is making waves at the festivals, having recently been shown at Toronto International Film Festival. Like X, Pearl seems to be getting favourable reviews, especially for Goth’s performance. Could this finally be a chance for horror to win at the Academy Awards? Probably not, but we can hope.

In the span of hardly more than a year, we have gotten a nice duo from West with X and Pearl, making for the perfect double bill. Definitely can say that he and Goth are in need of a break. That was until of course West announced a third film in the trilogy, MaXXXine after the Toronto film screening of Pearl.

The third (and final?) film in this most unexpected trilogy, Maxxxine will follow the main character from X, Mia Goth’s Maxine as she continues her quest to stardom. It isn’t certain exactly what this film will be about but when talking to horror publication Bloody Disgusting, this is what Ti West had to say: “What I can tell you is that we’re going to catch up with Maxine. And we’re going to find out what she’s up to. The way that X is a movie that is informed by and affected by independent exploitation auteur Americana and 1970s cinema, and Pearl is perhaps affected by the Golden Age of Hollywood and the glitz and glamor of cinema, MaXXXine will be more about within the industry itself and the boom of VHS.” 

MaXXXine has been fast-tracked in its development but may still be a good while off before we get it. Thankfully you can now watch X on Amazon Prime and Pearl will hopefully be in cinemas very soon so we will have a healthy dose of Goth and West to keep us going.

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AUTHOR: George Bell
One half film addict, one part computer nerd. All parts Croc lover

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