Inside (aka À l'intérieur)

OK, so to say I’m a bit behind the curve on reviewing this one is a bit of an understatement, but I got requested to write a review for this bad-ass beast of a splatter horror flick, so here we are.  Really, if you are a fan of horror and have not seen this movie yet, there is no reason you can give me that I will accept as valid for not seeing this masterpiece (and that includes “but it’s subtitled”).

Here’s the basic set up:  Four months before Christmas, our protagonist Sarah and her boyfriend Matthieu get into a brutal car crash, of which Sarah and her unborn baby are shown to be the only survivors. On Christmas Eve, Sarah stays home alone, where she grieves for Matthieu and prepares to go to the hospital the next morning to deliver their baby. As night falls, she falls asleep but is woken by a fairly twisted nightmare and then a woman knocks on Sarah's door asking to use the phone. This is during the riots in Paris, so being alone and preggers she refuses.  The woman reveals that she knows Sarah and tries to force her way in. Sarah calls the cops; they check out the property, but of course find no one.  They promise to keep checking in with Sarah throughout the night. The woman unsurprisingly returns and we discover that she is dead set on trying to steal Sarah's unborn child, and perfectly willing to perform a little amateur surgery with a pair of scissors to get it.  What follows is basically a savage showdown between the two women, with various people stopping by throughout the night. Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for the gore hungry viewer, they end up stepping into the belly of the beast and suffering some rather brutal deaths at the hands of our antagonist.

Other than the baby stealing angle, the home invasion premise is certainly not a new one.  But really, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  I mean there aren’t many other “real world” horror scenarios that are more terrifying than having your own home invaded.  Inside definitely takes the cake as the absolute modern pinnacle of the home invasion horror film.  The Strangers and Them had some good suspense, and of course there’s all of those slashers from the 70’s and 80’s from Halloween on which involved home invasion and murders taking place in a normal residential neighborhood instead of some gothic castle or fog filled graveyard that ranged from utter trash (but entertaining trash) to masterpieces.  But Inside manages to combine suspense, a generally totally serious delivery (no wink-wink “meta” shite to be found here, but as with anything this over the top gory it can come off as somewhat campy) with excellent performances all around and some of the most brutal gore in a movie to date probably better than the vast majority of these types of movies.  It was really nice to finally come across a movie that really felt like the bar was being raised as slasher horror had been somewhat stagnant for some time with no real solid contenders to take on the classics from the 80’s.  There’s even a pretty cool little twist at the end when you learn a crucial piece of information about a character’s motivations that is the icing on the cake for the bloodbath.

Gore wise, this is top notch shit right here.  You’re getting an abundance of absolutely vicious killings shown in all of their gory detail here.  Savage beatings, self tracheotomies, sewing needles through the neck, groin mutilation, a head being blown apart via gunshot, a face being horribly burned with a makeshift blowtorch, a sewing needle through the neck, scissor stabbings, glass slashing and more!  An absolutely horrific bush league C-section operation tops it all off (seriously my wife had to cover her eyes for that one, you won’t believe how much they end up showing).  Inside hits it out of the park and the special effects are 99% practical which scores major points in my book, CG just ain’t wet enough. 

Apparently there is a censored version of the movie out there that was done up for Blockbuster Video.  Unfortunately this version is in the exact same packaging as the normal uncut Dimension Extreme DVD (it even states it is uncut).  So if you find a used copy, make sure it didn’t come from Blockbuster Video cuz you’d be getting hosed.  Oh and there’s also an R rated cut, but don’t even waste your time with that crap.  The brutality is a big part of this movie’s impact.

So yeah, if you haven’t already SEE THIS MOVIE ASAP!!