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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…
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…
This was a real surprise for me. When I first watched Inside i didn't know what to expect,i was completely unaware of this movie . It blew me away and i was riveted to my seat throughout the entire movie. It has real moments of dread and a couple of stand out scares that truly deliver. The FX's are creative and at times very realistic and it's drenched in so much blood and gore it should please most gore hounds apatite.The stories been told a thousand times before but it has this unique twist that makes it stand out. If your a horror fan who has the stomach for some claret,check out this French gem,you won't be sorry.
The only movie from "New French Extremity" I saw before was Martyrs, which I really liked, so I had some expectations for "À l'intérieur". My hope was that it, just like "Martyrs", managed to find perfect balance between gut-wrenching gore and psychological terror.
The balance is indeed there. Movie kept me under suspence the whole time, thanks to masterfuly lightning and editing and very convincing acting by both the main lead and a killer (who is presented in a very unusual way). Gory practical effects are awesome, but unfortunately what was missing is this slice of depth "Martyrs" had. It's brilliantly executed film, but it doesn't offer anything more than special effects and disturbing theme…
The setup of the story works great. The violence and gore is equally great looking and satisfying on the blood lust front, loved that arterial spray. The beginning was a stronger half than the end, I'm a bit of a fan of the haunting Rebbecca gliding and stalking action with putting the film in a perfect position to dive in to that horror. There's even some quite well crafted shots, I particularly liked the near final shot that's cloaked in the red darkness of a modern Rosemary's Baby type. There's that haunting but arresting normalcy look about it.
The film does well to avoid inflicting to many wounds on the logic front, mostly as it's…
This is my second time watching this movie.
It was not any easier.
Great horror. If you love "strong women" and idolize their strength, this is like an extended version of the Uma vs Darryl scene in Kill Bill. The stake is motherhood, which we consider the primal force, an aspect of sex.
Inside is visually stunning and littered with perfect art house shots. The movie comes in fast and doesn't let up. Though I've seen many of these tropes and plot turns in other films, Inside frames each moment so intimately that you can connect to the terror. Like many modern horror films this movie straddles the line between slasher and torture porn. However plot fail safes and a masterfully composed soundtrack keeps it in good taste.
I can respect the accomplishments of this film, unfortunately the final scenes are more than I can stomach. Bravo France, you guys are really messed up.
Im ersten Jahrzehnt des neuen Jahrtausends begeisterte ein bis dato für hochwertige Horrorkunst eher unbekanntes Land die Gemeinde der Genrefans. Frankreich. Die Wave of new french extreme. Extrem. Wirklich extrem. Filme wie Inside, Martyrs, Frontiers oder auch High Tension überzeugten nicht nur Fans, sondern auch Kritiker, wenn sie nicht vorher fluchtartig das Kino verlassen haben. Gründe dafür gäbe es zahlreich. Doch anders als im verwandten Torture Porn erzählt die französische Extreme eine Geschichte. Und diese ist meist genauso so schockierend wie die passenden Bilder.
Inside ist für mich der stärkste Vertreter dieser kurzlebigen Ära des französischen Terrorkinos. Der Film erzählt von der schwangeren Fotografin Sarah, die bei einem Autounfall ihren Ehemann verliert. Fortan lebt sie allein mit ihrem Ungeborenen in…
Goddamn impressive. GodDAMN impressive.
Words fail me. I'm having trouble wrapping my head around what I just saw. I just know that it was phenomenal. With the acknowledgement that nothing is perfect, Inside is about as perfect as not perfect gets.
Words cannot expressive how subtly effective the cinematography is. How the antagonist fades in and out of the screen. Words cannot impart the way something as simple as someone lighting a cigarette induces a creeping dread and shudder of horror within the viewer.
There are shades of other movies in Inside. It seems inspired by (pick your favorite home invasion film) and by Japanese horror along the lines of The Slit-Mouthed Woman. But those influences have been finely tilled down into 80 raw minutes of blood and horror.
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While Inside is visually a masterpiece, I think that the blood and gore goes a bit too far. Like I am almost wondering if there's any rules in France or if you can just put anything on screen, because this movie is grotesque beyond anything I have ever seen in my entire life. The performances were great and the way the movie was lit, edited and shot was incredible, but at the end of the day I feel the director was going for mostly shock value. As far as it fairs regarding the horror aspect, it was suspenseful and had me on the edge of my seat,…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…