Inside (2007)
By: Devon B. on June 8, 2011  | 
Reel | Region 4, PAL | 1.78:1 (16:9 enhanced) | French DD 5.1 | 79 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
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Directors: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury
Starring: Beatrice Dalle, Alysson Paradis, Nicolas Duvachelle
Screenplay: Alexandre Bustillo
Country: France
Original Title: À l'intérieur
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What is it with the French and pregnant women splatter flicks? There's that rather memorable scene in Revenge of the Living Dead Girls, and who can forget that extremely touching gem Baby Blood? I was under the impression that À l'intérieur, henceforth Inside, was a gritty, claustrophobic nightmare of a film centred on a pregnant woman's fight for survival on Christmas Eve. Well, it does have a pregnant woman, and does take place on…

The night before Christmas and in this one house,
A pregnant woman's sad at the loss of her spouse,
When out on the door she hears such a tapping,
That she goes to find out who it is rapping:
It's a woman pleading to just use her phone,
But our heroine wants to be left alone,
The stranger reveals she knows more than she should,
Our protagonist fears she's up to no good,
For the stranger seems crazy, and with sneaky stride,
She saunters through defences and now she's inside…

I think Inside may be yet another case of a good movie being spoiled by over hype. I admit that I thought it would be a realistic endurance fest, and was put off in the first few seconds by a crappy looking CG baby, but the fact that the baby kept turning up didn't help things. The film moves at a painfully slow pace setting up its rather simple premise, and since I wanted credibility, a police force that does little to dispel incompetency stereotypes created by Inspector Clouseau didn't help. The cops really hurt this movie, and should've been completely left out. Paris burning in riots is even presented as an excuse which would keep the police away, and still they turn up bumbling around and making intelligent viewers go, "Nah." Their response to a photo of the perp early on destroyed any suspension of disbelief for me. There are several other "What the fuck?" moments, mostly centred on the cops, and the psychotic lady must've been retarded because some of her planning wouldn't work this side of an Itchy and Scratchy cartoon.

However, Inside is not bad, it's just not what I was expecting. Once I realised that Inside is actually a brains off splatter flick, a reverse stalk and slash where the victims come to the killer, I was able to appreciate it for what it was. The killer is quite menacing and suitably deranged, and the references to the original Halloween are well done. I wouldn't say Inside is as gory as some reviews have lead me to believe; most of the carnage is little more than spraying or splashing blood. I don't want to give the impression that Inside isn't violent. It is, and the halls are certainly decked with blood, but don't go in expecting France's overdo answer to Maniac. The more complex FX are usually CG, which is always a disappointment, but the climax employs traditional FX, and will be the sequence most viewers remember the most.

Certainly worth picking up, but don't get too worked up by the praise.
Inside is a new film, so the transfer looks sharp. The film does have some grain which can be distracting in a few of the brighter scenes, but otherwise there's not much to complain about.
The film is presented in French 5.1. This isn't a movie with a lot of surround sound, as for the most part it's quiet with bursts of mania.

The R4 release omits the English dub track found on many international releases, but if you're listening to the dub for any reason other than you're blind, you're a twat. Who won't be able to read this review until we launch Braille Retribution, anyway.
Extra Features
There's a making of which runs just over 50 minutes. The making of is in French with English subtitles and is full of the usual back patting, and the only thing of interest to me was seeing the villain get into character.
The Verdict

This DVD doesn't have any extras that make it essential, but the movie itself is good. Not one to show pregnant relatives over the holidays, but worth having a look at to judge for yourself.

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