Monday, October 12, 2009
Inside: Possibly the Dumbest Cops in the History of Cinema.
I can't get over how utterly fucked up this movie is. Good yes. But really, really fucked up. The French know how to make a horror movie. I'm so over people being obsessed with Asian horror movies- French horror movies are true and genuine terror. I felt like I was trapped in some bizarre funhouse where I was strapped to a Clockwork Orange contraption and forced to watch scissors cutting open a stomach. I really wanted to look away but I just couldn't.
In a nutshell- Sarah's husband died in a car crash, she is giving birth to the still alive baby- but on the day of delivery a crazy woman shows up and tries to cut the baby out of her stomach.
I was so freaked out when that lady was standing outside the sliding glass doors that I picked up a magazine and pretended to be interested in a story about the rising trend in pumpkin flavored food. The way her face is barely visible and the smoke from her cigarette seeping up into the air. Then later when Sarah is falling asleep and there is a vision of the woman with that same cold stare and barely visible face fading into the background?! Hoooly shit. From then on I knew I would not be able to rest peacefully throughout the duration of the film. No way in hell.
These French movies really somehow find the pure innate terror that should exude from a human being when faced with such a situation. What you are seeing and feeling on the screen is pure and raw emotion that is really hard to find anywhere else.
The only problem I had was why the cops had to be such freaking idiots. Honestly? You "lock up" a pregnant woman who has just been harassed by a crazy lady in her house and she is safe? Locks don't do anything and just because you can't find the crazy lady doesn't mean she's gone. Oh you're going to be sending someone to check on her every hour? Yeah that works real fucking great especially when the crazy lady kills every cop that shows up! Good one. Sorry if I spoiled things for any of you but I really couldn't get over their stupidity. Like how that one cop couldn't handcuff the crazy lady before she drove a knitting needle into his neck? Bah. Oh? What's that? Gunshots inside the house? Who needs backup I'll just attach this person I arrested earlier to me and take a little stroll inside to see what happened!
Yeah. Great if it was just trying to provide some "comedic" relief from all the intensity- but nothing is comedic about that.
There were some moments in this film when I honestly felt like I might faint, either from terror or from nausea. Those same moments were so engrossing however that I was in awe at the effect they had on me. The very last scene in particular and that entire long last shot was just completely horrifying. The crazy lady is really really scary. She wears this long gothic black witchy dress and you're all like umm why are you wearing that to cut a baby out of someone's stomach? And then you get all distracted by the enormous gap in her teeth and by the end you just really want to kill her and smash her up into a million pieces.
The ending was surprising and once again refreshing in a world where I half expected there to be no crazy lady and that it was just Sarah the whole time. But thank god for no twist ending. There was a bit of one but it was warranted and not insanely stupid and pointless.
Clearly one of the better films I've seen lately- right up there with Martyrs. Seriously this is not one to miss if you have enjoyed the other French films and also if you just really want to be completely horrified and stunned.