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Inside (2007)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Alexandre Bustillo
Julien Maury

Starring:
Alysson Paradis/Sarah
Béatrice Dalle/The woman
10 10
PLOT-CRUNCH
Still mourning the death of her ex boyfriend, pregnant Sarah (Paradis) decides to spend Christmas eve alone in her house, for some good old fashioned Holiday jeers. That's until a mysterious sexy ass broad (Dalle) knocks on her door late at night, wanting "in" on levels that only a psychopath would. It gets ugly...real f*cking ugly.
THE LOWDOWN

Ouvre moi ta porte… que je t’ouvre le ventre.
(Rough translation: Open your door…. so I can open up your belly….)

WOW. Consider me owned by this bitter and ferocious French horror vice-grip! The last time I got broken like a bread stick by movies this harshly was ironically enough via HIGH TENSION and ILS, two other French genre jamborees. I guess the French are on to something in my book when it comes to the genre (and Baguettes)! Now, although the two latter titles kicked my butt hardcore, that was nothing compared to the severe ringer that INSIDE put me through. MERCI SALOPARDS!

INSIDE was a magnificently and ingeniously shot exercise in ever growing excess. The flick’s set up played it Carpenter low key, restrained with an axis towards genuine chills. But as the clock ticked forward mucho spills were added to them chills and every time I thought the flick couldn’t get more sadistic, graphic and out of f*cking line; it would shut me the heck up by topping itself and going so far that I felt like an invisible hand was back-handing me silly with every “kill” or “gore scenario. Big props for having the balls to set up such a warped initial premise and going to town with it. I mean anything having to do with a pregnant woman is a touchy subject; but here, they knew it and didn’t give a flying albatross; in fact they capitalized on it gleefully and them some, making way for some fairly distinctive and totally twisted events. Straight up; any film that sports some zany “inside the belly” fetus shots of it being affected by the abuse going on the outside has to be respected. INSANE!

And for all of you who have been craving a worthy successor to the token killers of old; well in my book, we’ve found her in The Woman. Man that bitch didn’t muck around when it came to good old fashion killing. Brilliantly played by Beatrice Dalle, The Woman was uber creepy, obviously freaking loony, sported hints of sexual deviancy (lesbo stuff-why the heck not) and she put Voorhees to shame in the way she took care of the human laundry mercilessly. Stab on top of that a compelling lead in Sarah (arrestingly played by Alysson Paradis), a firm directing style that echoed old school Carpenter as much as it did pre jaded Argento, a powerful score, a breath neck pace that barely gave me time to come up for air and a wonderful ending that brought the nihilistic mood of the film home with gusto and you get my favorite horror film of the year thus far.

Any complaints? Only a teeny-weeny one. Personally, the final act should have ended earlier than it did. The film went too far in my opinion with its last plot twist, bordering the realm of the ridicule. With that said; can I really look down on a flick for staying true to itself? Not really. It embraced excess till the bitter end. On the whole, INSIDE not only had all of its bases covered, it planted land mines underneath all of them, so when I ran the course; I got destroyed every step of the way. This is a real horror film; character driven, suspenseful as hell, smarter than the norm and gory as f*ck. FINALLY, something blows me away this year! THANK YOU!

GORE
LOL! I have no idea as to where to begin! And I don't want to spoil the many gore surprises either. So I'll say this: scissors in the head/hand/face, slit throat, belly cutting, eyes burned out...and...you know what, that's all you'll get out of me...but mark my vacuous words, this flick was the grisliest and meanest genre film that I've seen in the last 5 years. So gorehounds rejoice; you've found your mistress. Spank her silly!
ACTING
Alysson Paradis (Sarah) sold it and then some. I so believed in her character and the emotional baggage she carried with her and when the shit went down; her organic reactions to it sold me even more. Béatrice Dalle (The woman) was genius as the villainess. What could've been a one dimensional part in the hands of a lesser actress became a layered, credible and utterly compelling role. And yes, she scared the hell out of me while arousing me at the same time for some odd reason. Mr. Shrink, here I come!
T & A
I'll be honest as opposed to surfing the net to see if there was nudity in this film: I DON'T REMEMBER! The flick kicked my ass so hardcore that if titties were on the menu, I wouldn't know, too busy getting my head kicked in to retain that info...sorry! There’s some light lesbo stuff though and some thin tops action… but nudity? Am not sure.
DIRECTING
Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury went all out with this one in terms of bleak atmosphere, fly shots, surprise kills and oppressive tension. Grade A for asskicking! I'll keep my eye on these two chaps; they're gonna go places.
SOUNDTRACK
We get a dark and sad piano/violin oriented score that kicked butt as to amplifying the air of despair of the film and its creepiness.
BOTTOM LINE
What else can I say, INSIDE was the most rewarding horror film that I've seen in the last 5 years. It potato mashed my noggin on every level; aesthetics, characters, tension, audio/visuals, ingenuity and a swaying disregard for political correctness. What else can I ask for? Sure the flick maybe went too far via its last block but I'll take over zealousness over safe and boring any day. You in the mood for well made and utterly satisfying horror? Get inside INSIDE!
BULL'S EYE
Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury will be helming the HELLRAISER remake based on the success of this film. Poor guys...HELLRAISER remake??? They're better than that.

Beatrice Dalle was discovered via the film 37°2 le matin (1986). She has been arrested in the past for assaulting a meter worker who was ticketing her car parked in a handicapped place. She was also arrested twice for alleged cocaine possession during the filming of Abel Ferrara's The Blackout (1997). I like this girl!

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10:55PM on 08/31/2009
A extremely gory, suspenseful, intense horror/thriller about a pregnant woman who survives a car crash that kills her husband. Due any day the woman decides to stay home alone for the holidays, and soon gets stalked by a derange woman who desperately wants to get inside her home and take her unborn child. This movie was near perfect, I just thought it went a little over the top with the gore, and the ending though a very spooky&haunting one was kind of a let down. Overall I recommend this
A extremely gory, suspenseful, intense horror/thriller about a pregnant woman who survives a car crash that kills her husband. Due any day the woman decides to stay home alone for the holidays, and soon gets stalked by a derange woman who desperately wants to get inside her home and take her unborn child. This movie was near perfect, I just thought it went a little over the top with the gore, and the ending though a very spooky&haunting one was kind of a let down. Overall I recommend this terrifying horror/thriller.
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10:58PM on 06/10/2009

Euro -Horror is IN

I'm not a huge horror fan, but this was really well done. After watching martyrs last week, I think I will have to check out some more french stuff as i get bored watching dumb ass teens getting sliced and diced in american horror flicks
I'm not a huge horror fan, but this was really well done. After watching martyrs last week, I think I will have to check out some more french stuff as i get bored watching dumb ass teens getting sliced and diced in american horror flicks
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5:43AM on 04/16/2008

insanity+revenge=xoxoxo

Finally, a film that doesnt pander to idiots , religion, or morals.FINALLY!!!Heres a strange thing about this movie, during production of Inside a very similar event happened in Illinois. A woman killed three children, that she knew, hid the bodies, and eviscerated the pregnant mother, her friend, and took the baby.Reality in the guise of Fiction parading as Reality.


side note: Even though I abhor the idea of a remake,after seeing Inside,I am disappointed that these filmmakers have left
Finally, a film that doesnt pander to idiots , religion, or morals.FINALLY!!!Heres a strange thing about this movie, during production of Inside a very similar event happened in Illinois. A woman killed three children, that she knew, hid the bodies, and eviscerated the pregnant mother, her friend, and took the baby.Reality in the guise of Fiction parading as Reality.


side note: Even though I abhor the idea of a remake,after seeing Inside,I am disappointed that these filmmakers have left Hellraiser.
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7:01PM on 02/12/2008
I don't get this one. Sure the gore was amazing, but besides that this movie was cheesy as hell. We have one woman (not supernatural, not a demon), that somehow miraculously kills a crap load of people all while keeping a pregnant woman upstairs. The movie just gets more and more ridiculous as it goes on. I'm sorry but this movie just did not do it for me. The twist at the end...LAME!
I don't get this one. Sure the gore was amazing, but besides that this movie was cheesy as hell. We have one woman (not supernatural, not a demon), that somehow miraculously kills a crap load of people all while keeping a pregnant woman upstairs. The movie just gets more and more ridiculous as it goes on. I'm sorry but this movie just did not do it for me. The twist at the end...LAME!
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2:11PM on 02/09/2008

Brilliant, see it asap

The gore in this left me very surprised, I wasn't expecting as much as it delivered, the majority of the effects are incredibly well made, the acting is mostly superb and it's got some nice direction in places. Had me hooked to the end, very satisfying film xD
The gore in this left me very surprised, I wasn't expecting as much as it delivered, the majority of the effects are incredibly well made, the acting is mostly superb and it's got some nice direction in places. Had me hooked to the end, very satisfying film xD
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8:32AM on 11/06/2007
I've seen it last friday at the London Frightfest and I subscribe every single word on this review. It's been a very long time since I witnessed something so sick coming from someone whose skin isn't yellow.
I've seen it last friday at the London Frightfest and I subscribe every single word on this review. It's been a very long time since I witnessed something so sick coming from someone whose skin isn't yellow.
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