Saturday, April 3, 2010

Inside (2007)

When it comes to the horror genre, the French are well adapt at tackling difficult subjects and injecting horrific circumstances around them. Take for instance the film Inside. Released in 2007 and starring Alysson Paradis as Sarah and Beatrice Dalle as The Woman.

The story is very simple. Sarah is a pregnant women who, four months after her husband's death in a car accident, prepares to head to the hospital to deliver her baby. Then, late one night, alone in her house on Christmas Eve, a visitor arrives. Now this is a scenario we've seen a million times on film. What makes this film effective is it's ferociousness in its delivery of the scenario.
The visitor decides to terrorize the pregnant woman in her home. Upon invading the house she takes up whatever sharp implement at hand and pursues the pregnant Sarah. She is determined to perform a grisly C-section. There are scenes involving knitting needles and scissors that will have people's jaws on the floor. There are several scenes that take place in a bathroom. By the end of the film, the bathroom is almost coated full in blood. There are events that take place in the film are quite unpredictable. In what is one of the most horrific and brutal endings to a horrror film in a long time. This woman is batshit insane and when the horror starts it's unrelenting right up until the very end of the film. It's common sense that this is not a film to watch with someone who is pregnant or is expecting. Now I am not a fan of the torture porn genre in which Saw and Hostel are apart of. This is not torture porn, I can assure you. One of most grisly and realistic gore films I've seen.

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