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Inside (2007)

  Tags: À l'intérieur, Alexandre Bustillo, Alysson Paradis, Béatrice Dalle, blood, france, François-Régis Marchasson, french, gore, Jean-Baptiste Tabourin, Julien Maury, mother, Nathalie Roussel, pregnant

Your rating: None Average: 8.6 (18 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
7

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Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury
Runtime: 
83 minutes
Cast: 
Béatrice Dalle, Alysson Paradis, Nathalie Roussel, François-Régis Marchasson, Jean-Baptiste Tabourin


This is simply one of the bloodiest horror films I've seen in a long while, and I've seen a lot of films. While Hollywood is busy remaking and giving old horror films unnecessary sequels, France is dishing quality genre films left and right (look out for Frontiere(s) and Vinyan). The film is written by a couple newcomers: Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, with Bustillo also taking the role as director. If these names sound familiar, they're also the duo that are working on the upcoming Hellraiser remake. I was skeptical at first, but having seen their premiere effort, I have to say, whether the remake will suck or not, it'll at least be ridiculously bloody and that's a plus in my book.

The movie's premise is also short and to the point -- a woman named "Sarah" loses her boyfriend in a car accident, leaving her alone with her unborn child, who's still kicking in her belly. Distraught over her loss, she confines herself in her home; counting the days before she finally gives birth. However, this night wouldn't be like any other night, as she's woken up by the sound of knocking at her door. A shadowy figure is seen outside, who reveals herself to be a woman having car trouble and in need of a phone. Sarah obviously doesn't fall for such a foolish trick, and attempts to shoo her away. However, this strange woman reveals that she knows Sarah's name and other bits of information that only someone who knows her personally or has been stalking her would know. The rest of the film is played out with Sarah trying to survive the rest of the night from the crazy woman, who wants what's in her belly.

Since the film is relatively short, the action picks up pretty early on. After about 20-minutes of character development and setting the scene, the crazy woman makes her appearance and pretty much gives Sarah hell for the rest of the night, offing anyone who comes to visit. I wasn't sure how they could make a movie set in pretty much one location with very few characters without it getting rather dull, but they somehow pulled it off and I wasn't bored one bit. The movie offers some decent tense situations, but it really shines when it comes to the blood and guts, which we get an extensive amount of. Call me morbid, but I couldn't help but laugh when I saw how much blood would squirt from a victim's neck. Artery or not, it was just so excessive! It’s no wonder that the Weinstein’s are only releasing this movie on DVD here in the US, because it definitely wouldn't be able to handle a theatrical release without getting an NC-17 by the horrible MPAA.

Once again we have to turn to France to find a good horror movie. We've got a fresh premise, some tense scenes, and simply put: this is one of the bloodiest horror films I've seen in a while. Look out for this one when it hits DVD later this year.

Posted on July 16, 2009 - 2:47am | FrighT MasteR

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