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Terror comes calling
Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.
Fuck!!!!! Kinda like a remake of Home Alone but instead of Macaulay Culkin you have a pregnant chick and instead of Chris Columbus it's directed by Satan.
A genuinely effective & relentlessly violent feature to come out from the new wave of French horror and certainly ranking amongst the most disturbing & bloodiest films ever made, Inside is a prime example of extreme cinema which marks the return of pure unadulterated horror on the silver screen & manages to accomplish all the things it promises without entirely discarding the core elements that makes a film work.
Opening with a brief prologue covering a car accident, the story of Inside concerns a young pregnant lady named Sarah; the sole survivor of the car crash which killed her husband. Deciding to stay at home on Christmas Eve, things are set in motion for an eventful night of torment & terror when a mysterious…
I dunno if this was a movie or the recipe for blood sausage!
We've seen it in the headlines! Woman kills a pregnant woman and steals the unborn baby! This film brings such a scenario to life and it is a truly traumatizing experience!
Extreme cinema at it finest! Relentless! Brutally Graphic! A film that shows no mercy to the mom-to-be nor its audience! An unflinching depiction of unimaginable horror that is so shocking I strongly recommend that pregnant women avoid this like the plague! I thank my lucky stars this wasn't around when I was pregnant, at that time I was however a bit freaked out by the film It's Alive!
The ferocity of the life and death struggle…
The first 45 minutes or so of Inside border on horror perfection. Without delving too deep into a backstory, we are presented with a simple yet extremely horrific premise. Had they managed to maintain that level this could perhaps have been one of the best genre films ever, but unfortunately I was left staring at the ugly afterbirth of a third act making everything that went before it a distant memory.
The opening is tense and very disconcerting. We're not given much in the way of character development, but who cares. There's a pregnant woman and an insane Beatrice Dalle trying to get to the baby she's carrying. That's an automatic investment right there. I was totally gripped by the…
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I love horror movies but every now and then I'll come across a film that got rave reviews and it just doesn't click with me. It happens most often with modern horror films. Here we are at that point once again with my latest attempt at watching one from the new wave of extreme French horror.
The debut of writer/directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury is actually quite impressive and some parts brilliant. The first act of the film could be used as a step by step guide on how to build atmosphere and suspense in a modern horror film. There's lots of subtle frights along with disturbing imagery.
The major hook of the film is…
Inside is not just a new-wave horror film: it's a french extremity movement new-wave horror film. On top of that, it has a high-concept premise and is set almost entirely inside one house. Sound like a hard film to pull off? That's because it is... or at least, it's hard to pull off successfully.
Somehow, everyone involved in the film managed it. On top of the actresses performances, the direction, the understated soundtrack, the-kinda-lovable-not-that-great-most-of-the-time-but-sometimes-terrifying effects, there's one technically perfect aspect unsung in a lot of films: the lighting.
As Inside's first half-hour has not too much of the gore it's reputable for, it's hard to know whether the reputation it holds helps or harms the film. You spend the first…
JESUS FUCKING CHRIST
OH GOD OH GOD SO SCARY AND DISTURBING AND MA GAWD
No matter what else, it had the desired effect. This scared me to an uncomfortable place.
About the fourth time I've seen this, it's quite the blood bath.... Just saying.
Damn, there's a lot of squirting blood in this movie. Who knew that knitting needles could do so much damage? Add to that 3 of the most inept cops in the history of mankind and you've got a recipe for mayhem.
There is an interesting concept in this movie that gets lost in the over the top gore and worn out slasher movie tropes. I am completely down with all the gore, but at the end of the day there must be a plot that makes sense and says something to me. This does neither.
A terrific slice of French horror. Demented, intense, disturbing, extremely violent, all the ingredients to make you cringe and squirm for 80 mins.
What a great film. I swear the French have dropped some pretty good films over the last few years. Highly recommended!
The French directing team of Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury literally spill out this grisly but thrilling tale about an injured pregnant woman(Alysson Paradis) who is the victim of a one person home invasion by a psychotic older woman(Beatrice Dalle[THE BLACKOUT,THE SABBATH]) who'll stop at nothing to nabbing the unborn infant from its mother's body by any means necessary,no matter how destructive and murderous those means are. Bustill and Maury fill the film with as many suspense moments,strong performances,and plot twists as they do with plenty of hard hitting splattery gory violence,which never fall short when it comes to an array of ultra splattery stabbings to the likes of faces,eyes,groins,lower chests,and hands,as well as the blood drenched sights of a…
During the end titles of 'Inside', there's a fantastically wry little credit that says:
"And many thanks to Sam Raimi. (He'll never know why.)"
OH, I'M SURE.
Just trust me - you watch this movie, and you will know ALL TOO WELL why they would say such a thing as that.
But let me tell ya...'The Evil Dead' ain't got NOTHING on this flick.
'Inside' lays out its cinematic statement of intent early on with its gruesomely gorgeous, beautifully bloody main titles.
And it is an unspoken promise that is delivered upon in goddamn spades.
Is 'Inside' officially the goriest movie ever made?
It's debatable. It's certainly very very very very high in the rankings of such a declaration.
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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