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Inside (Unrated) (2007)

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

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Stuck Inside My Mind

  • May 8, 2009
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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 & bloodied woman by the name of Sarah whose survived a near fatal car crash. Barely alive, the not-so-lucky dead husband sits in the passenger's seat. The aftermath of this accident alone should enough to warn viewers. If you do not like blood, steer clear. You might have to pass this one up.

The next few scenes focus on the young woman who is told by her doctor that labor will be induced on Christmas day. She has already made arrangements to be picked up in the morning from her loft & to be carried to the hospital. Little does she know that an unexpected visitor will be making a special visit that Christmas Eve & she'll spend the next so many odd hours battling off this sadistic creature in a futile attempt to save her unborn child.

This is where Inside becomes interesting & downright creepy. A mysterious woman shows up at the loft & asks to use the phone at an ungodly hour. We then learn she knows more about or protagonist than Sarah could ever hope.

Over the next hour, Sarah fights back to stay alive & each one of her potential rescuers die horrible deaths at the hands of the sadistic woman. Trust me, you will never want to see another pair of scissors again after you see the pain this evil intruder inflicts on anyone that gets in her way.

Inside works well as a great suspense thriller but mainly uses the psychological script as a springboard to deliver the gore in abundance. Fans of Horror films in general should flock to this one & should be happy for weeks after initial viewing. Inside is bleak, brutal, & cringe-worthy in every sense of the word. Horror fans should rejoice once again & hope that Alexandre Bustillo will deliver the goods again soon.
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December 04, 2011
Great horror flick. Reminded me so much of John Carpenter's "Halloween" in terms of pure suspense; not so much the level of gruesome violence.
December 06, 2011
Thanks Ryan! It's going to sound very sacreligious perhaps but I dig this one ever so much more than Halloween. I never was much of a Carpenter fan per se but I loved this one almost instantly. :-) Have you seen Martyrs? Another excellent French film.
 
December 28, 2010
Indeed this was a good one, like I told WP I had a good weekend when I watched this. I had just bought this film and another one called "Broken", along with a few others we all had a nice little marathon.
January 02, 2011
I watched Broken around the same time as this. Dimension Extrme does release a few good hits. Thanks for the read! Glad you liked this one bud.
 
May 09, 2009
excellent review! this was brutal...I couldn't believe that sort of violence against a pregnant woman would ever be filmed. A Baseball bat to the tummy..OUCH!! The film had some holes but the atmosphere made up for everything. Hey, I can tell you like horror; check out my boy Dave79's profile.
May 12, 2009
Thanks again for all your comments! I'd always figured it would be just a matter of time before something like that would be filmed. Some sicko would create something bleak along those lines such as pregnant women being mangled, babies thrown against walls, etc. It's pretty disturbing when you think about it. I agree wholeheartedly with you on Inside. The plot holes were forgivable as the atmosphere more than made up for that. You rock!!
May 12, 2009
yeh, hey, speaking of infants thrown against walls, check out the low-budget horror "Aswang" (infant-feeding vampire) and the 90 minute Asian horror "Dumplings" (fetus eating) ...sick!
May 12, 2009
I have heard of both but never seen either one. Great recommendations!! Thnx dude!! Hope you are having a fantastic day man!
 
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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 …
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 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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