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Why the Texas-based horror movie ‘X’ was filmed thousands of miles away

Director Ti West talks about his new horror film set in Houston and rural Texas and explains why it was shot so far from here.

An image from the poster for the Ti West film, ‘X.’


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It's 1979 in Houston. Six people pile into a van and head out to the rural outskirts where they've rented a bunkhouse on a farm. An elderly couple owns the property, and, unbeknownst to them, the group's goal is to shoot an adult film called The Farmer's Daughters.

By daybreak, there's a trail of bloody carnage.

A scene from the Ti West horror film ‘X,’ which takes place in Houston and rural Texas but was filmed thousands of miles away.

The new slasher film X is directed by horror veteran Ti West, and it has received extremely positive reaction from audiences and critics. Currently, it holds a 96% score on the aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

The film's production and distribution company, A24, was so confident the film would be a success that it greenlit a prequel film, called Pearl, which has already been shot and edited.

Like the recent Netflix sequel to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which was filmed in Bulgaria, X was also shot in a faraway country.

In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Troy Schulze (in his extended conversation with West) finds out why a movie based in Texas was shot thousands of miles away. They also discuss the film itself and how West came to filmmaking — and especially the horror genre.

Director Ti West
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Director Ti West arrives for the premiere of his Texas-set horror film ‘X’ during the 2022 SXSW Film Festival.