“X” (A24)

Mia Goth stars in the film "X." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Christopher Moss, A24)

By Catholic News Service

Twisted horror tale, set in 1979, in which the cast (most prominently Mia Goth) and crew (led by Martin Henderson) of a pornographic movie rent a disused boarding house on the remote property of an elderly couple (Stephen Ure and Goth, under much make-up) to use as their set. But the behavior of their hosts morphs from merely creepy to psychotic.

Scenes of obscenity give way to horrendous bloodletting in writer-director Ti West’s noisome flick, which also portrays Evangelical Christianity as the inspiration for murderous hate.

Extreme bloody violence, excessive sexual content, including graphic activity and full nudity, blasphemy, drug use, a few uses of profanity, a couple of milder oaths, considerable rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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