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Hailed by several critics as the first great French horror film this millennium,Insideopens on a gory note and stays true to the bloodfest throughout. But rather than using splatter-gore for comedic effect, as did young directing team Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo's predecessor, Hershell Gordon-Lewis, this duo timed their gore to build tragic suspense, scene after disgusting scene. The strength ofInside'splot is its simplicity, though the film is slow at first. Pregnant photojournalist, Sarah Scaragato (Alysson Paradis), has just lost her husband in a fatal car accident and is in recovery when her baby is due on Christmas Eve, in fact. Morose, she rejects friend and family visits, opting to stay home. A bewitched predator, played by Beatrice Dalle, senses Sarah's vulnerability and seizes upon it like a spider capturing prey in its web. The tale, woven around maternal psychosis, reveals Dalle's haunting preoccupation with stealing Scaragato's unborn baby. Each character who enters Sarah's house, the "war zone" as one doomed policeman puts it, encounters the wrath of two women fighting with mirror shards, knitting needles, scissors, hurled kitchen appliances, and even a homemade bayonette. Like the best horror thrillers about motherhood---Rosemary's Baby,Don't Look Now,Alien---Insideseizes ample symbolic opportunities to exhibit the primal obsession women have with babies. Even better,Insideinvites feminist critique as do other female-centric horror films such asGinger Snaps, whose plots not only include strong, vengeful female victims, but also sympathetic, criminal femme fatales. An entertaining "Making ofInside" featurette follows, revealing makeup and special effects techniques.Insideis for a specific audience; as scenes get redder and wetter, the squeamish may find it sickening---beware and enjoy. —Trinie Dalton
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CastBéatrice Dalle, Alysson Paradis, Nathalie Roussel, François-Régis Marchasson, Jean-Baptiste Tabourin
DirectorJulien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo
DVD Release Date:  April 15, 2008
Runtime:  90 minutes
Studio:  Genius Products (TVN)
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review by . June 20, 2011
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**** out of ****     What you expect to go into a horror film is to be terrified. Sometimes horrified. Sometimes amused. Sometimes disgusted. I don't go for all of those reasons, but I certainly watch horror films for some of them. I like horror cinema, and I've already explained why in past reviews for horror films that I either loved or despised, so I feel no solid reason to repeat myself. After all, repetition is the lead killer in this world, and it's also what puts me to …
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Gosh, it seems the French Horror films are really putting us to shame. Somebody better pick up the pace or we can kiss the American Horror films as we know them good-bye. After seeing High Tension & Frontiers, I was convinced that I'd seen the best France had to offer in terms of fright films. Boy, was I ever wrong. Inside is every bit as icky as either & the suspense matches anything were apt to see in theatres lately.    Inside starts out with a very pregnant & …
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