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Inside (Unrated) (2007)

Art House & International movie directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury

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Unforgettable, twisted, brilliant, and nostalgic. An unsettling night at the movies.

  • Jun 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 sleep in half of the world's horror flicks.

Some horror movies, such as "Hostel" and " Wolf Creek", lash out with such anti-conformism and anti-repetition to the point where I'm disgusted. Those are both films that impacted me out of disturbance. Horror is not supposed to be a completely good feeling, like comedy. It's supposed to be both fun and perhaps hard on one's nerves. But now that we have this term, which is "torture porn", can we still make movies as brutal and bloody as, say, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"? And can they still be good? My answer is yes.

Oh, yes, I'm supposed to be talking about a movie. The film I am reviewing is, as you can see, the French horror-thriller "Inside". If you are a devote horror fan, then you may have either seen it or (most likely) heard about it. It is known for its violence, which probably lead to its obscurity amongst most U.S. audiences. But that's not what matters. What matters is whether the horror film that a lot of horror fans claim is "one of the best of the past decade" is actually as good as they say. I would have to say: yes. Yes it is.

This is a home-invasion horror film like no other. It begins with a car-crash, in which a woman loses her baby. The woman and the child are saved, although the lady's husband is not as fortunate; he dies in the crash. There were no other survivors.

The woman (played by Alysson Paradis) returns home after visiting the hospital, grief-stricken, and preparing for the delivery of the child which is to take place the next day. Shortly after arriving home, safe and sound, our leading lady hears another woman's voice outside her home; asking to come in. Naturally she refuses, as it is late, and "late" is when the sick bastards are amuck. The woman leaves when she is rejected, and things go back to normal.

That is until she turns up again, tries to break in, which provokes our heroine to call the police. They arrive, they cannot find anything, and then they leave. The creepy woman (Beatrice Dalle) comes back. She gets in the house. What she wants to do tonight, I would normally not tell you, but it's said on just about every plot synopsis you will find. The crazy lady wants to cut open the character's stomach and take her unborn child out for her own. Her motives are unknown until the climax, although what ensues before-hand is all bloody build-up.

"Inside" is nostalgic. It reminds me of some fine (horror) movie memories; ones from "Halloween", ones from "The Exorcist". But mostly "Halloween". That was a film that "played the audience like a piano", as Hitchcock would like to say. We succumbed to that feeling of fear, which poured down on our poor heads like heavy rain. "Halloween" is a great horror film, and so is "Inside". While this is a brutal, often sickly violent film; it's also a powerful, well-made, and unforgettable one. It's not just the images that don't leave your head; it is also the experience. The fear here is real, and for once, we are not allowed a single breath. This film builds suspense the old fashion way; never escaping into torture porn territories, no matter how violent the ride gets. This is easily one of the scariest horror films I've seen in a long time. It was relentless, frightening, and I shall never shake the feeling that I got from watching it. It's not a horror film meant for enjoyment, but rather for admiration and observation, and if you are capable of both things together, then you may be ready for "Inside". It is surely a bloodbath to remember.

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June 21, 2011
yeah...this was pretty awesome..Nice review
 
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review by . April 29, 2009
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INSIDE (2007) is a French horror-thriller directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury. I've read that these two directors were supposedly poised to direct the upcoming "Hellraiser" remake in 2009. I'm not quite sure as to why they are no longer on board for that project, and from what I've seen from this film, the two young filmmakers can definitely repulse even the most experienced movie watcher in the way "Inside" focuses in blood and gore. I have a very strong …
review by . May 08, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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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 & …
review by . May 21, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Well, I guess I can start off this review by saying that this is solid proof that Euro-Horror and it's director's are so far ahead of us Americans when it comes to the horror genre. While our studios are continuing to crank out remakes, and basically recycling stuff that have sat in the can for years - it are the European filmmakers who are out there whipping up new and imaginative ideas like they usually do.     From French Directing duo, Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury, comes …
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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 ...
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DVD Release Date: April 15, 2008
Runtime: 90 minutes
Studio: Genius Products (TVN)
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