Pearl vs X: what you need to know before seeing the slasher prequel

Pearl, the A24 horror that serves as the back story for 2022's X, is out in cinemas this week – here's everything you need to know.

The official logline is as follows: Trapped on an isolated farm, Pearl must tend to her ailing father under the watch of her mother. Lusting for the glamorous life she’s seen in movies, Pearl’s temptations and repressions collide.

But there’s a little more to it than that. Pearl is the prequel to 2022’s X, and serves as an origin tale for the villain, whose singular desire to become a film star led her to committing violent acts on her family’s Texas homestead in 1918.

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Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports