Horror anthologies are not so uncommon, but “XX” is bringing a simple, yet intriguing twist: every entry in the upcoming horror offering is directed by a woman. Particularly in a genre where women are so often on the receiving end of terror rather than making it happen from behind the camera, this is a nice reversal, and the first trailer promises real fright.

Helmed by Annie Clark (aka musician St. Vincent), Karyn Kusama (“The Invitation“), Roxanne Benjamin and Jovanka Vuckovic, the quartet of shorts looks like they’ll come together for a pretty interesting cinematic experience. Here’s the official synopsis:

XX is a new all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and directed by fiercely talented women: Annie Clark (St. Vincent) rocks her directorial debut with THE BIRTHDAY PARTY; Karyn Kusama (THE INVITATION, GIRLFIGHT) exorcises HER ONLY LIVING SON; Roxanne Benjamin (SOUTHBOUND) screams DON’T FALL; and Jovanka Vuckovic (THE CAPTURED BIRD) dares to open THE BOX. Award-winning animator Sofia Carrillo (LA CASA TRISTE) wraps together four suspenseful stories of terror featuring a cast including Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool and Christina Kirk.

“XX” will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and opens in limited release and VOD on February 17th.
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