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Author Topic: Inside / À l'intérieur (Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury, 2007)  (Read 6342 times)

IL COMMISSARIO

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INSIDE 2007

Alysson Paradis (Sarah), Beatrice Dalle (The Woman)

After losing her husband and nearly her baby in a terrible car accident, Sarah returns home after four months in the hospital. Expecting to give birth on Christmas Day, Sarah is visited Christmas Eve by a mysterious woman who just stares at her through the windows. She cannot make out who she is but it becomes quickly apparent that this homicidal female wants to get into the house. After notifying the police, they search around and find nothing. They tell her she should be safe for the night. However, the evil woman manages to get inside the house. Her purpose is quickly revealed--she wants the baby Sarah is carrying and is determined to kill anybody who comes into the house that may stop her from her horrific mission, the reason for this, as well as the identity of this psychopath isn't revealed until the final, disturbing moments.

Absolutely one of the most harrowing, disgusting and vile movies ever made. Words cannot describe how horrifyingly brutal this movie is. A complete and total nightmare of a movie that, once this viciously sadistic bitch gets in the house, the film never lets up and becomes an endless cavalcade of wall-to-wall gore interspersed with some truly nail-biting suspense. The final 15 minutes goes places horror films haven't been in YEARS. While there is a near non-stop avalanche of gore on display, the intense nature of the film accentuates these scenes unlike most all other gore movies.

Infanticide is the main order of the day here. The violence perpetrated on a pregnant woman is excruciating to watch and possibly the most extreme scenes of this kind of brutality I've seen. Throats are slit, eyes gouged out, brains pierced, a face is burned beyond recognition, animal violence, castration, exploding heads, a self inflicted tracheotomy and the most vicious deaths by scissors ever put to screen. The killer, whose name you never learn, is about as close to a human TERMINATOR as you're going to get. Meticulously, and maliciously savaging anybody who happens to enter the house while the bloodied and mutilated Sarah has locked herself inside a bathroom. Even a group of police officers are cut down by this woman. The early scenes in which you see her have a Carpenteresque quality about them as she is seen in the background of a newly developed photograph or as a silhouette outside or a vague apparition slowly dissipating from a window behind the unknowing protagonist. 

The directors have fashioned a sincere punch to the gut that never allows the viewer to get back up without being punched again with another wild set piece even more gruesome than the one before it. The final 10 minutes really pours on over the top violence and the vastly unsettling musical score only compounds the ferociousness of the movie. THE BEST horror film I've seen in a long time and easily the best one I've seen for the past two years. Not since CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST or, even more so, MEN BEHIND THE SUN have I considered shutting a film off before it was finished. The grim finale ensures you will be thinking about what you've seen long after the film is over.

France seems to be where the horror is what with the gruesomely inventive HIGH TENSION, the backwoods horrors of CALVAIRE (Belgium?), SHEITAN and FRONTIER(S) and the suspenseful dread of ILS aka THEM, which seems to have been remade as the upcoming THE STRANGERS.

Part of Dimension's Extreme label, they already put out the well done, wild and gory 70's throwback STORM WARNING and the CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST homage WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE, but INSIDE is truly deserving of this sub labels moniker. DEFINITELY and WHOLE HEARTEDLY not recommended to anyone who is pregnant or cannot take witness extreme violence towards children, or unborn babies in this case. An intense and supremely nasty experience.
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Stuart Chivers

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I've read quite a bit about this moving and was planning to pick it up but I'm concerned by your reference to animal violence. Are you saying the movie contains scenes of actual cruelty towards animals? I do hope not, and find it strange that nothing like this has been mentioned in the reviews I've read.
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IL COMMISSARIO

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They don't kill the animal for real but the crazy lady tries to get inside the locked bathroom a couple of times to get at the pregnant woman. She slumps in the floor and the house cat comes along. She picks it up and caresses it briefly then breaks its neck and tosses it down the hall.
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IL COMMISSARIO

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Oh, and blockbuster has refused to carry the unrated version of this movie and some Wal Mart's don't have it either I've heard. The unrated version runs 83 minutes while the R rated cut comes in at 75 minutes.
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CardPlayer4

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Not bad at all but not great too!
I liked Dalle and Paradis,the last shot,the serious tone,some effective bursts of violence but i didn't like the cinematography and the screenplay is very thin,with some bad dialogue and annoying supporting characters.
But overall it's decent for a low budget first film. :D
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IL COMMISSARIO

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but i didn't like the cinematography

What was bad about the cinematography? That was one of the most notable and most praised things about the movie. The movie takes place in a central location so the screenplay didn't need to be expansive. The dialog was minimal once the terrorizing of Paradis began so I didn't pay attention to it being "bad" considering it's a French movie and I don't speak French. The subs seemed fine to me, IMO.
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IL COMMISSARIO

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Here's some screen caps from the movie...

****WARNING****SOME SHOTS CONTAIN VIOLENT SCENES NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK*****

The Woman stares into the window at her prey...


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Seeing Sarah call the police, The Woman nearly punches through the glass...


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IL COMMISSARIO

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The police search around the house and find nothing...


By venoms5 at 2008-05-19

Notice the left rear. As the camera slowly pans back, it is evident The Woman is in the house and seemingly glides into the background a la Michael Myers. She disappears almost ghost-like as Sarah awakens sometime during the night...


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IL COMMISSARIO

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The gory, intense struggle begins at 32:15 seconds...


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Sarah manages to lock herself in the bathroom...temporarily safe...


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IL COMMISSARIO

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The cat scene...


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IL COMMISSARIO

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Peter Neal

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I rarely post the same review on different boards, but since I'm still so taken by my first viewing of "Inside" I felt a strong need to add my thoughts to this thread, too: ;)

Oh, boy! This is STRONG stuff! And I say that as somebody who's been collecting horror movies for about two decades now! ;D
Horror has definetely moved to France and it's all for the better, really!
No wonder Hollywood is trying to import all these promising new French genre directors, because they really understand what the word "retro horror" should actually stand for: Not just aping some set-pieces of famed 70's/80's genre titles and getting away with it by a "modern"/fast-paced editing...no, it's the growing sense of unease in the audience that they're in the hands of filmmakers they can't trust NOT to go too far, THAT'S what made the genre movies of our preferred era so special and THAT'S what the French are so good at right now.  ::)
Incidently, "Inside" is the best piece of genre filmmaking I've seen since "Haute Tension" and while I started growing a bit uneasy if the hype following the movie's slooooow journey around the globe would live up to my high expectations, rest assured that this is the real deal indeed.
In some ways, "Inside" worked even slightly better for me- on first viewing anyway- because it didn't feel the need to suddenly switch from its straight route to some "clever" surprise revelation.
By now, I've also embraced "Haute Tension's" IMO overly ambitious finale, but I prefer the simpler approach offered in "Inside", which isn't any less gripping and nerve wrecking.
This movie is so gore soaked I might even check out the censored by 2 mins German release to see how it works with a little less of the red stuff, because the mood is so tense and the photography so stylish that I could even watch this with a few less gushes of blood. They'll ban it anyway after a few months- so much's almost for sure... :-*
Being a father certainly increased the scare factor for me, but I'm sure it'll linger in your mind much longer than your usual rental/buy whether you have kids on your own or not.
The latest rumours I caught suggested that "Inside"'s duo of directors MIGHT now be getting involved with the proposed sequel to the Rob Zombie remake of "Halloween" after their initial participation with the "Hellraiser" redux fell flat.
While I hear some already moaming in agony, just witness how close Beatrice Dalle comes to the scariest prowling moments of "The Shape"...and then consider the possibilities...not to forget: The "original" "Halloween 2" was set in a hospital...  :-\

This belongs to the best type of genre movies: The ones you rather EXPERIENCE than just watch.

"Inside" is certainly the "Tenebrae" for the new generation! ;) ;) ;) ;)

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slizwiz

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Every few years, a horror film comes along that punches me in the gut and rubs my face in just why the hell I watch this stuff. Inside is one of those films. It takes an instant classic like this to make everybody go bonkers about horror again. God bless the French.
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IL COMMISSARIO

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Supposedly, the new French (endurance test) horror film MARTYRS puts this film to shame in the shock department. That's a tall order. ;D
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