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Inside (2007)

À l'intérieur (original title)
R | | Horror | 13 June 2007 (France)
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Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.

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Julien Maury (by), Alexandre Bustillo (by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alysson Paradis ... Sarah
Jean-Baptiste Tabourin Jean-Baptiste Tabourin ... Matthieu
Claude Lulé Claude Lulé ... Le médecin
Dominique Frot ... L'infirmière
Nathalie Roussel Nathalie Roussel ... Louise
François-Régis Marchasson François-Régis Marchasson ... Jean-Pierre
Béatrice Dalle ... La femme
Hyam Zaytoun Hyam Zaytoun ... Policière municipale
Tahar Rahim ... Policier municipal 1
Emmanuel Guez Emmanuel Guez ... Policier municipal 2
Ludovic Berthillot Ludovic Berthillot ... Policier BAC 1
Emmanuel Lanzi Emmanuel Lanzi ... Policier BAC 2
Nicolas Duvauchelle ... Policier BAC 3
Aymen Saïdi ... Abdel
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Storyline

Four months before Christmas, Sarah and Matthieu Scarangelo were in a car crash, of which Sarah and her unborn baby were the only survivors. On Christmas Eve, Sarah stays home alone, where she grieves her husband and prepares to go to the hospital the next morning for the delivery. As night falls, a woman knocks on Sarah's door asking to use the phone. When she refuses, the woman reveals that she knows Sarah and tries to force her way in. Sarah calls the police; they inspect the home and determine the woman has left, but promise to keep watch over Sarah through the night. The woman returns and tries to take Sarah's unborn child, but Sarah locks herself in the bathroom. The strange woman torments Sarah through the night and kills all who try help her. Written by EllenRipley112

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Taglines:

Don't let her inside...

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, gruesome and disturbing content, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 June 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Inside See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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At a certain point, Sarah makes a perforation on the front of her neck with a sharp stick nearby. This is known as a tracheotomy and it's done to relieve an obstruction of breathing. A hole is created through the front of the neck and into the windpipe (trachea). See more »

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Sarah: Why me?
La femme: I want one.
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Incredibly gory thriller that is surprisingly intelligent and artful!
29 February 2008 | by SchwenkstarSee all my reviews

One of the goriest films I have ever seen. Blood spews, spouts, spurts, and sprays from just about every body part, and the blood is splattered, splashed, smeared, slopped, and sloshed in just about every nook and cranny of the house.

Normally, I would immediately reject the film as nothing more than pure exploitation and try my best to forget about it, but with this picture there was something more to the proceedings than just it's blood soaked surface. Indeed, there was a great amount of intelligence behind the gore, providing ample subtext about motherhood.

For instance, director Bustillo made the strange choice of fogging the mother's home, giving it a dream-like ambiance that suggests an outward manifestation of the character's subconscious. As a result, we begin to question the validity of the proceedings - Is the black-cloaked woman a representation of the protagonist's fear of motherhood? Is the bodily torment and self-mutilation a response to the protagonist's guilt she feels for causing her husband's death? Many questions are raised and the only answer given is rather simplistic and contrived, though still logical enough to be acceptable. However, it is still ambiguous enough at the film's conclusion to allow for further pondering.

In addition to the rich subtext (and on a more visceral level), the film features stylized direction and beautifully executed sequences of creeping dread and pulse-pounding suspense that are simply a joy to behold.

However, despite these wonderful qualities, the film delves into its violent excess to an unnecessary degree, most likely only to provide shocks rather than further develop its potent subtext. Also, the inclusion to the police officers and their rapid deaths seemed pointless, and though one could argue that they were a representation of the husband's own death and her inability to save him, I would argue that there were simply included to increase the body count and add a few more shots of gooey, gunky gore.

If the gore wasn't so repulsive, I might have said this was my favorite horror film of 2007 as the intelligence and skill that went into the making of this film is very much evident. Unfortunately, Bustillo indulged a little too much in adding shock value to his film, causing him to undermine many elements within his own picture.

Flawed yet still a good movie.


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