Inbred (2011)

February 2, 2013 - 11:28pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Alex Chandon, blood, Chris Waller, gore, inbred, James Burrows, James Doherty, Jo Hartley, Nadine Rose Mulkerrin, Neil Leiper, New Flesh Films, Paul Shrimpton, Seamus O’Neill, Split Second Films, survival, survival horror, Terry Haywood, uk

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Alex Chandon
Jo Hartley, James Doherty, James Burrows, Seamus O’Neill, Terry Haywood, Nadine Rose Mulkerrin, Neil Leiper, Chris Waller

Writer/director Alex Chandon introduced the genre to Cradle of Filth in 2001 and pretty much disappeared for a decade, only to return with Inbred--an uninspired, but gory genre effort. The story follows a group of troubled youths being forced to do a little community service in a small isolated town, where the locals naturally aren't keen on outsiders. As with all films of this particular theme, one thing leads to another causing the group to flee and fend for their lives against the locals and their strange way to entertain themselves using people as props in their twisted spectacled games.

Right from the start the film brutally kills off a couple people with an axe, setting the dark and violent tone for the rest of the pic. Unfortunately it's also the start of one bad CG death after the other, which is really my biggest complaint with the flick. As gory and unrelentingly-violent as it is, Chandon chose to do all the deaths with computer imagery, as opposed to practical effects, which leaves the viewer with mixed impressions: on one hand the death was very gory, but on the other it was all done with distractingly poor CG effects.

Aside from the sad choice of approaching the deaths, the film doesn't really offer anything else we haven't already seen. If you're gonna use the standard outsiders-vs-townies theme, you should at least change things around a bit to keep us guessing in some fashion, but unfortunately the flick is every bit as predictable as you'd expect. We're thrown bits of dark humor throughout the pic that you'll either get or you won't. I find much of it amusing to some extent, but didn't find anything the least bit funny.

Then there are a lot of little logical issues throughout the flick that also pose minor problems. Like one scene where a skinny dude is bolted to the ground, but during his struggles you can clearly see that his wrists and hands are small enough to slip right out, but of course the character doesn't try it at all, despite nearly getting trampled by a horse. There are many other small moments like that, which make you question the scene and further hate these unlikeable and idiotic lead characters.

If you're partial to films of this theme then you'll probably find some minor entertainment from it, but in general Inbred doesn't offer anything we haven't already seen. To make matters worse, much of the incredibly violent and gory deaths are ruined by distractingly bad CG effects. Had they gone the practical route and made the characters a bit more likeable it could've been a decent flick, but as it stands it's not worth the effort.

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