26 Aug 2013

'Inside (2007)' Review

Director: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury
Writer: Alexandre Bustillo
Stars: Beatrice Dalle, Alysson Paradis, Nathalie Roussel
Running Time: 82 mins
Sub-Genre: Thriller, Home Invasion,
Year: 2007

Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.

After recently hearing a lot of buzz around this French 2007 Home Invasion horror Inside, due to the release of You're Next, I felt it was my duty to check it out, regardless of the subtitles (which is my pet hate when it comes to movies). Luckily, the version I watched was English dubbed, and despite the horrendous voice overs, Inside actually turned out to be a pretty nasty little foreign horror film; a good one at that, but still very, very nasty.

Inside may not live up to the hype, but it is good, just not that good. Don't get me wrong, this is a generous little slice of horror magic, but it just isn't as good as it perhaps could have been. Intense, it is, Scary it isn't, Inside aims confidently at delivering the intensity and completely forgets about what makes a horror film exactly that, the scares, and although it is completely deprived of scares, it actually doesn't need them to make this movie work, though it could have made the experience a little better.

The overall plot to the film is like nothing we have seen before, but not in a Cabin in the Woods way, and more in a Scream way, it doesn't re-invent the sub-genre, but it brings something fresh to the table, even if it's splattered in blood over and over. It's good what Inside brings, and it's refreshing to see a Home Invasion done with a little variety, and to see a horror done without the mask and iconic weapon is somewhat nice to see, though the gown and the gap between the killers teeth isn't exactly what I would call "horror killer" material. Maybe a creepy mask would have gone a long way here when it came to dressing the killer, and loosing that witch outfit was a move Inside failed to make. Lets just say that a pair of scissors and a long black outfit doesn't scream 'horror', and more 'Hocus Pocus'...

Don't expect scares by any means, but expect lots and lots of blood, and when I say lots, I mean lots. From the start of the action to the very end, Inside knows how to bucket out the blood, and knows how to do it with sick intentions; if only it was quick to throw out the scares as it did with blood then maybe we would have something more to praise about. Perhaps for gore-hounds only, it becomes hard to appreciate what else Inside has to offer when every 10 minutes blood is being painted around the house, I am not one to complain about the gore, but a little more tension and a little less of the red stuff would have been great.

As much as I dislike having to read the dialogue on the screen, the dubbing in this is so bad that I had wished I had just watched it with subtitles. Maybe that took away some of the impact Inside had to give, but the bottom line is that the voice-over was bad enough to put me off it for life. The score was effective, working at the best of times, and with Inside's claustrophobic mood and hardcore gore, the score really made those features pop by delivering a gritty, fast and fierce sound. 

VERDICT: Inside may not be the Classic many are claiming it to be, but with its sick intentions and high-level intensity, it becomes a relentlessly gory and sick Home Invasion affair that may not be for the faint hearted, yet plays like every gore-hounds wet dream. Now we play the remake waiting game...

1 comment:

  1. Good Review. I personally, really like it and think its one of the best French Horror Film is the last decade (I Watched it with Subtitles). I have never experience Gore like it before, well, another Great, French Horror Martyrs was Horrifically Gory (with Graphic Torture Scenes). But I can respect your opinion for not liking it as much, or finding it scary.



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