Monday, April 21, 2008

Review: À l'intérieur

À l'intérieur (2007)
Genre: Horror
Format: DVD
Directors: Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury

I have been looking forward to watching À l'intérieur (Inside) ever since its announcement though the excitement level here is much less than the long delayed US release of Frontière(s) - several more weeks folks! I do have my share of doubts about the validity of this movie's praises, having seen another lavishly over-hyped yet ultimately disappointing French horror film by the name of Haute Tension. Thankfully, this stylish, dark, and moody bloodbath delivers - pun intended.

Why would anyone make a pregnant woman suffer so severely?

The movie captures one hellish night when a very pregnant woman is entrapped in her own house, stalked by a mad woman who is obsessed with obtaining the unborn baby inside of her. To share anything else means to spoil the fun you will have with this movie. The many deaths that occur within the film are hardly creative but the details put into their messy brutality are hard to deny. Inside is very taboo when contextualized to the culture we live in and there is no way you can watch a US made movie about the same subject matter. The way the pregnant woman is unapologetically traumatized throughout this bloody tale both physically and mentally is depressing and very disturbing. I found myself ouch-ing and squealing every time she gets hurt. The movie also has an apocalyptic ending in the style of Frank Darabont's The Mist.

Beatrice Dalle's character is very wicked and truly evil.

I highly recommend À l'intérieur as a must watch. Brave yourself through this sick movie and be richly rewarded by its cleverly-paced, tension-filled experience unlike anything you have seen before. The directors are responsible for the upcoming remake of Hellraiser. If this debut effort is any indication of their upcoming work, we may have one of the best horror remakes in our near future. [Update Note: Unfortunately, Bustillo & Maury are no longer associated with the Hellraiser remake.]

RATING: 4 out of 5

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