‘Pearl’ Trailer: Ti West And Mia Goth Reunite For ‘X’ Horror Prequel

This has already been a very good year for horror, and one of the best to arrive earlier this year was Ti West’s X. Set in 1979, it followed a group of young filmmakers terrorize by an elderly couple in rural Texas. But that film was only part of the story, as West had already shot a prequel, titled Pearl, as part of a larger franchise. Well now the trailer for Pearl is here, and A24 may have another genre hit on their hands.

Described as an “x-traodinary origin story” (ho ho ho), the film finds Goth back in the role of Pearl (she pulled double-duty in X), as we learn how she becomes the murderous, fame-obsessed person we eventually meet. And shocker, it involves a lot of loneliness, repression, and murder, set against a sweeping technicolor landscape like a classic fairy tale. Pretty messed up.

West directed and co-wrote the script with Goth, the actress putting her stamp on a character that is uniquely her own.

Also starring David Corenswet, Tandi Wright, Matthew Sunderland, Emma Jenkins-Purro, Pearl opens on September 16th, but will have its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.

Filmmaker Ti West returns with another chapter from the twisted world of X in this astonishing follow-up to the year’s most acclaimed horror film. Trapped on her family’s isolated farm, Pearl must tend to her ailing father under the bitter and overbearing watch of her devout mother. Lusting for a glamorous life like she’s seen in the movies. Pearl’s ambitions, temptations, and repressions all collide, in the stunning, technicolor-inspired origin story of X’s iconic villain.


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