Inside (2007) - Unrated

Genre(s): Horror / Thriller
Dimension Extreme || NR - 83 minutes - $19.97 || April 15, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-03-27


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury
Writer(s): Alexandre Bustillo (written by)
Cast:


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • The Making of Inside
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

Inside (À L'Intérieur) is one of Dimensions first releases under their new “Extreme” label which seems to be encompassing only unique horror films. The film is directed by first timers Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury who will soon be directing the remake of Clive Barker's Hellraiser. For this review I chose to watch the film how I felt most people would, which is with English dubbing rather than reading the subtitles and listening to the French actors and actresses.

The film starts out with a devastating two car accident. We are led to believe that all of the people involved in the car crash have been killed, but we see a young mother and her unborn child have survived, while her fiancée has been killed. We soon find ourselves four months later in a hospital, on Christmas Eve with a very pregnant Sarah (Alysson Paradis) who is informed she is due for delivery soon. A very quick scene at the park with her Editor and we arrive at what will be the setting for the rest of the film, her house. The action starts off almost immediately when Sarah receives a knock at the door from an unidentified woman. The woman (Beatrice Dalle) insists her car has broken down and she is in need of a phone to call for service. After Sarah declines several times, even going as far to lie and say that her Husband is in bed sleeping, the unidentified women without missing a beat informs Sarah that she knows who she is and that she has no husband. What transpires for the remainder of the movie is a gore fest that is filled with blood splattering all over the place and numerous would-be-heroes turning into causalities for the mysterious unidentified women. All this crazy women wants is Sarah’s baby…which she is not ready to give up.

What I like about the film is that Sarah is not just our typical damsel in distress victim; she fights back at almost every opportunity she has and tires to be as resourceful as possible. She is willing to put herself in as much pain as possible to save the life of her unborn child. Most of Sarah’s scenes involved her locked in the bathroom either by choice or by her killer as she picks off each and every person that enters the home. Unfortunately for Sarah the killer is extremely smart and manages to kill every single person that enters the house, including several people at once. What’s unique about this film is we actually see the killer almost immediately, her identity is never hidden, but her motives are. We know she wants the unborn baby, but we don’t know why she chose Sarah. Is this mysterious woman an ex lover of her now dead Fiancée? Did she spot her at the hospital? At the park? Her true reasoning is never revealed until the final horrific moments of the film but the killer is willing to do anything to get the unborn child from Sarah.

I cannot stress enough how gory this film is. Without going into too much detail and ruining the film, expect to see many different items going into necks, stomachs, eyes, faces, and other ‘unique’ body parts. The special effects for this film are on par with what you would expect from a direct to DVD film and do look a little cheesy from time to time. This does not stop them from adding as much blood as possible squirting from every possible angle, but the film tends to overdo it just a little bit.

Unfortunately the film gets a little unrealistic when Sarah gets attacked and abused way too many times where the average person would have simply given up or been killed, and she is able to freely walk around, pregnant, as if nothing had happened to her. The acting from the two leading ladies is excellent, which I can’t say for the rest of the cast. The voice acting for the English dubbing is absolutely horrific. In scenes which should be filled with tension and suspense, Sarah seems to be speaking as if she was on a phone call with her friend. She has no emotion in her voice and it detracts from the quality of the film if you choose to watch it with English dubbing.

For some strange reason the film randomly puts in CGI footage of the unborn fetus in the womb being knocked around and showing pain and discomfort. The problem with this is that it detracts from the suspense of the film and going from an incredibly grainy dark action scene to a neatly lit, almost HighDef animation scene brings you out of the film and the emotion of what’s going on with the characters.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Making of Inside (51:55) – A fairly informative Making of feature. Shows the actors in various training techniques, set building, special effects etc. I was actually surprised at the length of this which is almost as long as the actual film. English subtitles are present and cannot be turned off. There is no English dubbing at all. Be prepared to read.

Theatrical Trailer (1:45) – A standard on most films. Nothing noteworthy. The trailer gives away nearly everything in the movie so do not watch first.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that the movie comes with a slipcover.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

IMAGE

I was extremely disappointed with the films Picture Quality. The first few minutes of the film show the aftermath of the car accident which looks almost as if it was shot in High Definition. After that most of the film takes place inside of a house which is dimly lit so all you see is excessive grain and scratches.

The film offers up a choice of French 5.1 or English 5.1 tracks. Unfortunately I barely heard anything from the rear speakers and what I did heard was not very impressive. It’s a direct to DVD film so I guess I shouldn’t expect very much.



.::OVERALL::.

If you’re a fan of the Saw or Hostel series this movie would be a great addition to your horror library. If you’re not, rent it. Besides some extremely gruesome scenes it does not bring anything new to the horror genre table and to me felt as if it could have been an episode of Showtimes Masters of Horror series. The film is extremely short (83 minutes including credits) and is not something I personally would watch again.