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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…
After losing her husband in a car accident, a very pregnant woman takes solitary refuge in her home on Christmas Eve. A knock at the door from a woman who insists on coming in leads to a night of unfathomable, gut-wrenching horror and bloody mayhem the likes of which may have never been seen on any screen.
Holy crap, this movie. It's brilliantly suspenseful and tense as well as being bloody and gory and gruesome as hell. Not recommended for the weak of heart or stomach. Not recommended for pregnant women, for sure. Basically, this is advanced-level horror here. It's very hard to watch, but it's really, really good.
Bloody/Wild/Brutal/Uncompromising and downright ridiculous at times, Inside manages to be one of the most terrifying movies I've seen since. I wasn't a fan of the end so much as I was a fan of its premise and moments of unforgiving horror. If someone chose to remake this and do it right (ha yeah right when does that ever happen?) Inside could be even more legendary as it already is.
"It's a war zone in here..."
I showed this film to my friend Liz today.
It's worth noting here that she is one of the most hardened horror fans you're ever likely to meet.
She truly does not scare easily.
And yet, by the end of 'Inside', she was left thoroughly shaken, disturbed, and uncharacteristically freaked out, taking about 10 or 15 minutes to shake herself from the daze the film left her in, and requiring a soothing hot chocolate to ease her nerves.
The last time a horror film had anywhere near such a comparable effect on her was with 'Wolf Creek'...but she admitted that 'Inside' was on a whole other level, branded it a "snuff film", and…
One of the better horror movies I've seen in the last few years and proof that all the good horror movies these days come from everywhere but America (enough with the goddamn remakes already you stupid Americans!). I'm glad no one hyped this up for me otherwise I probably wouldn't have liked it as much, because it definitely has it's flaws. But it's nice to know people in horror movies from other countries are just as stupid as people in American horror movies. Very little plot, but extremely heavy on atmosphere and gore. The gore and violence in this movie is insane! It makes the Saw series look like Disney movies by comparison. It's clear the guys who made this…
Gran film de terror. Probablemente el mejor para ver en el día de la madre.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
¡Que decepción! "Instinto siniestro" fue una película muy alabada por la critica y admito que la primicia es muy interesante, la película al parecer tiene tientes de slasher (Para quienes me conocen sabrán que me gusta mucho este sub-género) por lo que decidí verla esperando encontrar una de las mejores películas de terror de la década pasada como tantos afirmaban que era, así como una película muy perturbadora e inquietante, y quienes me conocen sabrán que me gusta el cine extremo.
La película arranca muy bien, su inicio es muy desconcertante y quieres saber mas, y mas desconcertante aun es la extraña mujer que agrede a nuestra protagonista, todo bien ¿Verdad? Pero hay un momento donde la película se cae…
This movie is fine until that clown car drops off 18 new characters for no reason and it becomes a comedy.
Boy oh boy was this movie hard to get through...
Another New French Extremist film scratched off my list and I am left speechless at what I just witnessed. However it was technically, expertly done. The extreme body torture and graphic gore were very well captured through unique shots and pretty, yet disgusting visual effects.
Man, this movie was just so damn gross. An incredibly stressful film to watch where its rewards are scarce and left to the viewers to reap.
A big up in this film was its score however, leading to a beautifully haunting end scene...
I can't decide between 4 stars or 3½ but let's give this film the edge because of the amazing practical effects that made me almost close my eyes a few times! Especially the last scene.
But let's talk about the setting first, it's about a pregnant woman named Sarah. At the beginning we see her at a car crash with her husband dead and Sarah and the baby surviving. Six months later we get to know her mother and her boss and that she's spending Christmas eve alone! And that's where the scary part starts! Because we don't know what's going on, all we know is that some crazy bitch is trying to get Sarah's BABY! And she likes to…
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.
If there is any…