MONKEY REVIEW: Inside

April 19, 2008

“I want one…”

Especially once it gets going, French directing team Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s Inside (À l’intérieur )is one of the most relentless, shockingly violent horror thrillers I’ve ever seen. The plot is simple: A young photographer (Alysson Paradis), four months after her husband’s traumatic death, is on the verge of giving birth when she finds herself terrorized inside her house by a psychotic woman (Béatrice Dalle). It’s been a long time since I’ve been truly horrified by a horror film, and I’d be surprised if Inside doesn’t turn out to be some kind of landmark of the genre. It’s well directed, very well acted, especially by Paradis and Dalle, and the music is subtle and effective without being intrusive. The gore effects, which graphically depict the movie’s interest in interiors violated and exposed, are startingly realistic, and are the reason Inside is unrated. The movie only stumbles a bit towards the end, but quickly recovers with a truly haunting finale. Inside is not for fans of PG-13 horror or casual fans of the genre, nor is it for squeamish viewers, as I expect even hardcore horror fans will probably cringe or look away from the screen at times. (I certainly did.) Those caveats aside, High Tension, Them and now Inside are ample proof that the French are the new masters of horror cinema.

MONKEY RATING: ONE MONKEY

(For a brief explanation of the Monkey Review rating system, click here.)

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