One of the most shocking and effective horror films I have ever seen. (by tonymurphylee)
For several many years, the French have been putting out unusual horror movies. Les Diaboliques 1955 was one of the most notable examples. Recently, French horror films have been all about extremities. Calvaire The Ordeal dealt with sexual misunderstanding, bodily torture, and dementia and the most extreme cases of disturbed behavior in order to build tension, horror, suspense, and even twisted dark humor. Haute Tension High Tension was an homage to the early films of Wes Craven, adapted for the 21st Century. It was initially rated NC-17 by the MPAA and, while I personally didn't care <more>
for it and found it silly, it was hailed by fans of horror as a return to the early days of splatter shock cinema. Sheitan 2006 was a return to backwoods horror combined with horrific elements of Satanism. Recently, Frontier s was a successful European extreme version of torture porn American films such as sAw and Hostal that catered to the audience's bloodlust by delivering the gore in a way that those films failed to. Now, we have INSIDE. All I can say is that this film proves that it is the French that are making some of the most demented films. After watching this, I truly wondered whether the French people had or had not gone completely insane. This is one of the few horror films I have seen that just does everything right. It deserves to be put with the original Dawn of the Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Rosemary's Baby, and The Shining as one of the scariest films ever made. It is also one of the most polarizing and disturbing films I have seen. If I were to describe this film in one word, it would be extreme. This is most definitely one of the most extreme films I have ever come across. It's the first film that has been put on the Dimension Extreme that really deserves to be on there. Dirty Sanchez was basically just an English Jackass:the Movie but with more gore and more shocking acts big whoop . Broken was a silly B movie. Teeth and Black Sheep were just gore comedies. Inside is where it's really at!The plot is very simple. It is about a pregnant widow and the events that transpire on Christmas Eve one night in which a mad woman invades her home. This may not sound that bad to read, but trust me when I say that things go from bad to worse. The film is 80 minutes of increasingly shocking and inhuman acts of cruelty, extreme horror, and a very high amount of suspense. It just gets worse and worse. This film makes every torture porn movie look completely quaint. Imagine Halloween but pumped up on steroids.This film starts out incredibly bleak and depressing in the first 20 minutes. Then it turns shocking really quickly. Then it goes from shocking to cruel, to immoral, to extreme, to nearly unwatchable, and then finally completely unwatchable. About 30 minutes in, I had to pause it and collect my thoughts. I couldn't believe what I was watching. I had no idea that this film was as shocking as it was. However, if I had known that the film would only get ten times worse in just 2 minutes, I probably would have been too scared to watch. This film doesn't mess around. It is an uncommonly effective piece of film-making. It is one of the most depraved films I have ever watched.So why should people see this? If it's so disgusting and horrible, why should people bother getting these images imprinted in their mind? I think this film deserves to be watched because it is simply the best of it's kind. Not only that, but it is one of the few horror movies that shows women being in power rather than men. It is, in it's own twisted way, the ultimate chick flick. The two women in this film that battle it out are two of the greatest female characters I have seen in a horror film. The main female character, in particular, is kind of like a woman from a Russ Meyer movie! There are parts of this film where she TRULY kicks a lot of ass. I watched this wanting to cheer for her. Add to that a great twist that leads up to an ending that is one of the creepiest endings ever, a couple of very emotional moments that are tear jerking, a great musical score, haunting and gorgeous cinematography, and some brilliantly done gore, and you have one of the greatest French horror movies ever made.
A perfect mix of tension, suspense and graphic gory death! (by GoregirlsDungeon)
The opening scene is inside one of two cars involved in a fatal crash. A very pregnant woman looks over at her dead husband and speaks his name as blood gurgles from her mouth. The credits flow over graphic ultrasound images and we are introduced to Sarah, the survivor of the car crash four months later. It is the day before she is to give birth. What follows is complete and utter insanity. Not only is this film full of brooding and intensely suspenseful moments but the gore factor is through the roof. A perfect mix of tension, suspense and graphic gory death. Watching a very pregnant woman <more>
being terrorized is nasty enough but there are actually moments in the film where they have the audacity to show the action from the fetus point of view. I think that is wonderfully evil! It is not for the squeamish and certainly not for those who are not fans of the horror genre. But for those of us who have watched hours of obnoxiously bad tripe, when a film like this comes along it is a beautiful shiny beacon of Horror light! There is only one ever so brief scene between Sarah and a cop near the end that I just thought was out of place and didn't work. Pure, bloody brilliance!! HIGHLY Recommended!
Probably the best and bloodiest thriller in cinema history (by abisio)
I recognize I did not expect to much; I originally though it was a psychological thriller about pregnant women's fears; but as the last screening on the Toronto Film Festival, it was worth a try.The story is fairly simple; an expectant mother one nigh before delivering is stalked by another woman. She calls the police, the stalker is not found, but after the police left the stalker gets into the house and tries to stole the unborn baby obviously willing to perform a home made cesarean delivery with scissors to expedite the proceed ; of course the future mother resist. Many people <more>
arrive for different reasons and many die of course in many violent ways .Simple as it sounds, the movie has many achievements that require further explanation:Everything occurs within a small house; basically a bedroom a bathroom, a living room and a corridor and stair. Everything very small. - The violence and tension are so high that people laugh or to cry in some scenes. - The two main characters and motives are not so simple defined as you might expect. - The end is absolutely unconventional.In brief; this is the movie that will make you disregard any other slasher movie. As an additional note, Beatrice Dalle created the most terrifying psycho character in history; a female but far more stronger LECTER. She does that very little dialog and her almost sweet face; mix of sad and madness. It will be very difficult for her to avoid typecasting.
I have never seen a female attacker be so violent or so relentless outside of Japanese cinema (by christopher-underwood)
Just shy of maximum score because so much of it was so dark. Having said that I'm not sure I really wanted to see even more than I did of what was going on in this gruesome, gory French horror. A real achievement, particularly as a first film, this pulls no punches whatsoever and surely sends a clear signal to US film makers who seek to produce such fare. Don't mess about - just do it. But isn't this just the most harrowing and bloody, violent film ever? Well, maybe not ever, but that remains believable and involving from beginning to end. Where you want to look away but the <more>
action is so compelling you cannot. When you hope maybe there will be a pause in the nastiness but the makers just crank up the awfulness again and again. I have never seen a female attacker be so violent or so relentless outside of Japanese cinema. A remarkable achievement.
It was the Night before Christmas. And Pure Hell was about to break looseÂ… (by Coventry)
France hasn't exactly got the richest history in horror cinema, but the nation's definitely making up arrears since the new Millennium. Films like "Malefique" and "Ils" rank amongst the greatest genre accomplishments since the year 2000, and the last couple of years France particularly seems to specialize in primitively barbarous and uncompromisingly graphic gore-flicks. Alexandre Aja's stupendous "Haute Tension" launched this trend in 2003 and undeniably influenced a whole generation of ambitious and bloodthirsty young filmmakers. So far 2007 is the <more>
Unbelievably brutal and emotionally draining. This is not to be missed! (by LoneWolfAndCub)
A few years back, when the words 'Japanese' and 'Horror' were said in the same sentence, ears would rise and interest would immediately peak. Now, replace 'Japanese' with 'French' and the reaction will still be the same. A l'interieur aka Inside co-directed by first timers Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury. It is hard to believe that these two men could create a debut that is this good, this intense, this...ferociously insane bloodbath. Think of Alexandre Aja's 2003 horror 'Haute Tension' which was also a brutal but excellent slasher mixed <more>
I went to see this at the Toronto Intl. Film Fest last night.It is truly a sight to be seen, I mean you know your in for a ride just from the opening credits.The score adds so much intensity to the movie that you really can't compare this film to any campy gorefest of yore ie: braindead . It never lets up and creates that never ending sense of doom throughout the entire film.Europe, particularly France has got the knack for creating horror films that are actually scary and yes a little excessive but they succeed in creating scares.If you are pregnant or have a weak stomach, this ride is <more>
So many horror movies think that blood and gore are the scariest things about life. I'm definitely not in their camp, and take the I hope high-minded position that fear is best generated by atmosphere and tone. That said, gory horror movies can occasionally be fun in a circus geek kind of way. The French horror film Inside is a nice balance of both atmosphere and blood. It does lean more on the blood than on the atmosphere, but it has just enough of that atmosphere to break it free from those movies that are merely bloodbaths. Alysson Paradis is in her 9th month of pregnancy. It is <more>