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How New Horror Movie Pearl Delivered A Bold Climax

[Ed. note: Significant spoilers ahead for Pearl.]

By Ti West pearl As we enter Act Three, many surprises remain. Just the sense of dread and the inevitability of horror movies.that’s partly the reason pearl It’s a prequel to a West horror movie. Xand anyone who’s seen that movie already knows where the title character (played by Miagos again) ends up going. and set her final moves in advance.

But there is one particularly unconventional surprise. In her six-minute one-shot monologue, she details her own mental illness and how she feels about the huge hole within her that made her a murderer. . West keeps her fixed camera close to Goth’s face the entire time Goth gropes in the darkness of his own psyche. One emotion chases another across her face as she tries to explain herself to someone who isn’t even there. It’s also flashy.

“From my side of the street, it wasn’t that complicated technically,” West tells Polygon. “There were two of him sitting at the table in the studio. It’s a dream of how to shoot something—nothing is wrong.”

Ironically, most of West’s focus when filming the scenes was to make sure nothing was wrong. I was trying,” he says. “Once we got to the monologue, no one was allowed to mess with anything. had to occur before the monologue began.”

Mia Goth as Pearl pushes her father's wheelchair to the end of the pier.Overlooking the crocodile-infested pond at Pearl of Ti West

Photo: Christopher Moss/A24

“The stakes were really high,” says West. “It was a bit like filming a stunt or an explosion, because to do this effectively, everything has to be technically prepared. So that’s what Mia is going to do.” We were doing our best to clear the roads so we could do that.”

Goss says that for her, the main problem was overcoming her fear of failure. “The lead-up was nerve-wracking,” she says. “I had never done anything like that before. There was a lot of preparation for it. The thing was that it was still beyond my lines, and if it did, I would have screwed it up before I even got on set.”

West scheduled the scene for the last day of shooting. This, Goss called “a genius idea”, allowed him to put “all the intensity and emotional turmoil that comes from filming” into the scene. I say I did.However, she decided to take the scene down as he envisioned it. can Do this,’ and we started enjoying it. I did it maybe five or six times.”

Horror movies usually have a storm of bloodshed and destruction before the final act.West called it pearl‘s ending is similar, but he really thought the goth monologue was a flashy ending to the film.

“This movie needed a big climax,” he says. “It’s a very aesthetically rich, flashy, escapist style, but the climax has to be internal and psychological, and it’s very much about Pearl’s thoughts and feelings. And it’s so literal.” Became: “Well, what if she told us what was going on in her head? How would you organize it so that it made sense?”

He wanted the monologue to be one-shot, not only to “connect emotionally and psychologically with the audience”, but also to provoke critical and audience interest and analysis.[like] That’s the conversation we’re having now,” he says. He knew the shot would be memorable. “It’s a big climax, but an unexpected climax. No one expects the climax of a horror movie to be six minutes of someone’s face up close. And it’s fresh and exciting.” I felt that.”

In Ti West's Pearl, Pearl (Mia Goth) walks alongside her sister-in-law Misty (Emma Jenkins Pro) along the edge of Pearl's vast, withered cornfield.

Photo: Christopher Moss/A24

the waist as a whole X Trilogy — X, pearlthe recently announced sequel to X MaXXXine — focuses on “emphasizing the art of filmmaking, including camera direction, production design, and make-up effects.” X It revolves around a group of amateur filmmakers in the 1970s making pornographic films hoping to take advantage of increasingly accessible camera technology and film distribution to gain wealth and fame in the process. . 70’s horror movies. pearlset in 1918, It’s about Pearl’s obsession with heading to Hollywood and becoming the latest star in the film boom of the decade. The film is shot and structured like a classic-era Technicolor her melodrama, with tones consciously borrowed from Disney films.first teaser of MaXXXine is a film set in the VHS craze of the ’80s, and promises to match the VHS visual style with an ’80s synth score.

However, West has stated that he does not want the series’ technical focus to be limited to technical aspects. He points out that acting is also an important skill for the film, and that the single-shot monologue “seemed like a real way to showcase it.” craft. “

For Goth, the tech is also about getting out of his way.The film’s final shot is another long, unbroken take on Pearl’s face. She faces what she has done throughout her movie and breaks down. All the while, she maintains a big Hollywood artificial smile while becoming increasingly anxious as she shakes and cries. simultaneous.

“Honestly, I didn’t think much of it in that scene,” says Goss. “I hope all the work leading up to that scene goes well. […] I hope you can just set and let it all go. [work] has left some traces on you, so it can exist as long as you can by the time you set it. I try not to think too much during a scene. I think that’s a bit dangerous for an actor. There are more feelings. ”