Enter a world of suffering and madness
Feature length version of the 2013 Turkish short film about police making a horrifying discovery in an apartment building.
Feature length version of the 2013 Turkish short film about police making a horrifying discovery in an apartment building.
I never thought Baskin would end like it did, when I settled in to watch the Turkish survive the night horror flick about 5 policemen who respond to the wrong call. Think Dante's Inferno meets Triangle meets Hellraiser.
The camerawork is off the hook. Director, Can Evrenol is a straight up gangsta motherfucker. Long shots. Slick visuals. Practical effects. To die for dialogue. The opening long take diner scene is fucklicious. The extended takes of the rookie cop and his boss sharing stories are the highlights of the movie. Plus, we have a boss daddy synth score.
Evrenol goes style over substance with the plot. It's ok the plot suffers from some linear issues. At times, the movie makes zero…
When you are in a dream and sometimes know that you are in a dream and want to wake up from the dream but are instead plunged back under and into the dream and you are fighting and fighting to get back to the surface of waking awareness but every effort is in turn a turn away from waking and sometimes someone is there and they are saying something that if you were able to listen to it and hold onto it you would be able to grasp that which could free you from the cycle of dreams opening upon other dreams but those words were spoken and were heard and were understood within the dream so their efficacy even if received and grasped is within doubt and all of what is, what is said and what is ordered and what is enforced is a constantly broken surface tension, the seemingly coherent face of a soundless, roiling abyss, without measure.
Remembered this much better than I expected I would for a movie from total Junkie Supreme year of 2015, but then again there’s a lot here that’s memorable!
The first half really is a bit of a slog, but even then it does a pretty good job of giving you an idea of the desolate and uninviting backwoods middle-of-nowhere area they are in. It’s kind of like a trashy truck stop on the literal highway to hell and the lighting and color grading do an excellent job of making it all look very different and surreal than your average diner, regardless of the country it’s in.
Once the action gets going, it all becomes a truly no hold barred, uber…
Glasgow Frightfest 2016 Film # 11
Whoa! WTF have I just watched? A Turkish horror film from director Can Evrenol, this is a nightmarish, one way journey into the depths of hell, dark, disturbing and truly bizarre it's a movie that will split audience's but one all fans of horror should check out.
The first half of the film takes it's time building up the various characters with Tarintinoesque scenes of dialogue as we are introduces to a five strong squad of cop's taking a break in a deserted restaurant. Even at this early stage there is a sense of dread hanging over proceedings and when they receive a call for back-up at an old abandoned building we know it…
disappointed this wasnt the carole baskin tiger king standalone i was awaiting, but alas
When you're a 44 year old man with a mortgage, family, car payments, and a colonoscopy around the corner not much frightens you anymore.
Particularly horror movies.
Don't get me wrong, I still adore the genre. But the combination of old age and lackluster choices has numbed my ability to lose myself in a scary movie. Plus, ghosts and witches seem to be en vogue and they never really did much for me. Take The Conjuring for example. Oh, your house is haunted you say? Boo-fucking hoo. My co-worker's septic tank had a blowout and a lake of feces engulfed his lawn while he ran around like Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood. That's REAL horror. I'll take some…
Madness & suffering. Can Evrenol’s feature debut is a phantasmagorical doomride equal parts bizarre and bewildering. A slow building descent into hellish crazy, filled with dickhead cops stuck in a labyrinth of much deserved doom—the final act is loaded with my kind of surreal batshit bedlam and excelled at leaving me with disturbingly memorable images of things the average person wouldn't ever want to see.
Dread soaked nightmare fuel destined for cult status. Easily one of my top picks of that year. Glad I gave it a rando revisit.
First half is mediocre, maybe a bit too much build up with some Tarantino inspired dialogue, luckily the second half is much better where hell breaks lose. Visually it’s pretty decent with some nice use of colors and a creepy setting supported by a haunting synth soundtrack which at times felt like fever dream. Overall some pretty creepy and entertaining Turkish horror with a decent climax.
This film reminded me a lot of the good old days in which I would sneakily look at VCR covers of horror movies I wasn't allowed to rent when I was a kid. I can just imagine this sitting there in my local video store, with that cover and a couple of stills from the nastiness inside on the blurb.
The opening act is great, just a couple of cops sitting in a bar, eating and chatting. They're tough guys, but brothers in arms. There's also a clear sense of mystery and foreshadowing that made me excited for what would come next.
And then there's a lull. A lull that betrays the fact that this…
A twisted, surreal & nightmarish journey into the bottomless depths of hell, Baskın is an extremely disturbing, utterly unusual & overly ambitious tale that feels like something that came straight out of the abyss and, thanks to its stomach-churning violence & gore as well as multitudes of themes & symbolisms, it isn’t an easy film to decipher in one sitting.
The story of Baskın follows a squad of five police officers who, after dining in a restaurant, receive a distress call from a nearby town and head there to investigate the issue. But once they reach the crime scene, an abandoned building that used to be a police station during the Ottoman era, they find themselves inexplicably trapped in a world of madness & suffering.…
Five cops have coffee in a seedy looking cafe. They talk shit for a while, including obscene accounts of their sexual escapades. Then they start bullying a young waiter for no apparent reason at all. These are police officers, charged with upholding the law and setting an example of righteous behaviour to their fellow citizens. Instead, they are like a bunch of posturing adolescents acting like primates and abusing their power for their own amusement.
Having then jumped into their police mini-bus, redolent of rented transportation for rowdy revellers on a buck's night, they turn on their red and blue emergency lights, seemingly for the sheer hell of it, and head out into the night, singing bawdy songs along the…
A delightfully unhinged mindbender of a horror film, Can Evrenol's "Baskin" is a striking genre effort. Focusing on a twisted and literal descent into madness, the Turkish-language film is violent, gripping, and satisfyingly crazed.
Revolving around a group of policemen who stumble upon something depraved, "Baskin" takes its audience into a hellish world too nightmarish to be real. As the plot pieces itself together, the extent of the policemen's deadly situation is revealed.
The story, with its tangled construction, is compelling, and Evrenol builds a dangerous and dirty world to support the tale. Shadows, grit, blood, and viscera coat the landscape and the characters as Evrenol reveals the intent of the narrative. The work begins slowly and mysteriously before tightening…
I love when a movie spends a lot of time building tension and spooky atmosphere and when you feel like you know what it's building to it goes "hey check this shit out" and then becomes a nightmare for 30 minutes.
I feel strangely dirty after watching this.
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The villain looked like that crying baby mask meme.
It’s visually very pleasing but the plot leaves a lot to be desired. I thought the build up was okay and I was into all the freaky shit when they reach the house but then it just turns into relentless torture porn. It feels like it’s missing a second act. Minutes after entering the house when you think it’s going to get into the meat of the plot, it jumps straight into the last act. There should have been a much longer lead into the ending. A creepy, suspenseful descent into hell but we didn’t get any of it.
Felt like it was more a showcase of gore than an actual story. Like someone had seen the 15 second blood orgy bit from Event Horizon and wanted to stretch it to a feature.
Credit where it’s due the cinematography, set design/costumers and score were great.
An opening filled with Tarantino-esque dialogue belies the horror and the true nature of the film that rises as it progresses. Only in retrospect is it’s purpose realised. Our protagonists are summoned. All the protagonists are bastards. All the protagonists have secrets. The narrative repeatedly flips on its head; unfurling through dreams? Reality? Maybe they are one and the same. Moments of beautiful, unsettling imagery are scattered throughout. Less a descent into Hell; rather a realisation that Hell resides in us all.
Like Mandy crossed with Hills Have Eyes, or The Texas Chain Saw massacre crossed with Event Horizon; this is beautiful, depraved, surreal, ultra-violent, unbearably-tense, and above all, shit-your-pants-scary.
Really bizarre and full to the brim of blood. The main villain is crazy good and perfect casting. First half is slower than I'd like but it's worth it for the last half. As per usual with this I think there's probably some symbolism with this that goes over my head but the substance that is there is still compelling enough to make it an interesting watch.
hooptober note: this is I think the third movie in a row where a main feature of the movie is tasting blood?? It was not on purpose but it's an interesting recurring piece in several of the movies I've seen.
Batshit crazy! Loved it.
i LOVE descent-into-hell movies. i really liked the camerawork and lighting & i thought it used color in a really fun and scary way.
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MEHMET CERRAHOGLU!! I think horror movie villains are sometimes just not executed in interesting ways but Baba was SCARY!!!!
SO much gore. so much gross sex stuff. like its a lot.
very gross, dreamy, hypnotic. is the moral of the story dont be a cop? i think it was. or to beware frogs in large quantities—both good advice. thank you baskin
"you die as you sleep, you resurrect as you wake up"
dreams trick human mind, and when you know your mind is being tricked you experience lucid emotions ignoring the central logic and working on the peripheral haziness of limited intelligence.
baskings is filled with maladroit symbolism which it is fully aware of and makes all the more attempts towards crawling out by using some sensationalist filmmaking (heavy metal ost and some insane time loop understanding) — the horror feels immersive but lets us be the spectator of a nightmare. the only thing to remember is not carry it with us and taint our own sleep.
"you carry hell with you, at all times"
This idea of mine of not watching any trailer or reading the synopsis of any horror movie and going in with lower expectations works wonders and sometimes it gives me nightmares, gory and disturbing nightmares. One hell of a ride this was.
Baskin is a fucking gore fest with plenty of disturbing scenes and great practical effects. The dream sequences are weaved so nicely in the plot that it never feels forced. With little to no jump scares and building scares though conversations was a treat to watch. Mehmet Cerrahoğlu as baba/the father should be awarded for being the creepiest baldie of all time, that guys smile is enough to haunt you for days😂. And pulling off that ending where horror fans can literally predict such things now a days was amazing. This was a beautiful Turkish treat.
Loved the depiction of hell in this movie. Hell is not a place you go, but rather something within you, that you carry around with you during your life. It imagines hell almost like a dream that you keep returning to.
Wow! It takes a while before it really gets going, but when it eventually does, it's quite disturbing, gory and brutal! It's really great to see what can be created without big monster make-up and elaborate CGI effects, but just the right actors (apparently Mehmet Cerrahoglu, who plays the villain, has a rare skin disease which makes him look like that), a spooky atmosphere/set, lots of weird moving bodies wrapped in bloody rags and a hell of a score to increase the ambiance!
Parts of it took me back to the Hellraiser trilogy, however in those movies I've never seen a scene before where the villain cuts out someones eye and licks the empty eye-socket afterwards... 😳
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