Inside

Inside

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Director: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury

Cast: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury, Alysson Paradis, Béatrice Dalle

     
 
A pregnant widow awaiting her ride to the hospital must fight for her life against a mysterious woman who comes knocking on her door in directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury's daring tale of caesarian terror. It's been four months since Sarah (Alysson Paradis) was involved in the tragic car accident that claimed the life of her husband, yet somehow the

Overview

A pregnant widow awaiting her ride to the hospital must fight for her life against a mysterious woman who comes knocking on her door in directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury's daring tale of caesarian terror. It's been four months since Sarah (Alysson Paradis) was involved in the tragic car accident that claimed the life of her husband, yet somehow the couple's unborn child miraculously survived the jarring ordeal. Now it's Christmas Eve and Sarah is sitting alone in her suburban home, still grieving the loss of her beloved. Soon, Sarah's mother will arrive to drive her daughter to the hospital, where the doctors plan to induce labor. Out of nowhere, Sarah hears a knock at the door; on the other side is a stranger (Beatrice Dalle) who calmly asks to use Sarah's telephone. Immediately suspicious of the stranger's motivations, Sarah locks the door and quickly calls the police. Upon searching the grounds, the policemen find no trace of an intruder and Sarah cautiously bolts her doors once again. But unbeknownst to the expectant mother, this time she has unwillingly locked herself into a violent struggle for the one thing that matters most to her. Now, as the scissor-wielding psychopath attempts to forcefully claim the new life within Sarah, the jealous maternal battle is about to get bloody.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Leave it to the French to usher in the next great wave of horror cinema. As youth riots once again send bourgeois suburbanites running for the safety of their middle-class compounds, the prevailing culture of fear and uncertainty has proven the flashpoint for some of the most genuinely frightening shockers of the new millennium. Now, on the heels of such relentlessly tense new-classics as Calvaire, Haute Tension, and Them comes a grisly home invasion flick that offers a pitch-perfect balance of grinding tension and inventive gore. Newcomers Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury may not have enough credits to distinguish themselves as masters of the genre just yet, but as Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur before them, they're certainly on the right track. The story, involving an expectant mother who has decided to spend Christmas Eve alone before having labor induced the following morning, effectively taps into a multitude of universal fears as it follows her struggle against a mysterious assailant who appears at her window determined to extract her unborn child. After setting the story up with a jarring intro that isn't quite as simple as it first seems, screenwriter/co-director (along with Maury) Bustillo smartly pulls back to let the tension build, briefly lulling the viewer into a false sense of complacency before unleashing a primal barrage of soul-scarring ferocity -- every excruciating beat perfectly complimented by the hazy cinematography of Laurent Bares and the masterful editing of frequent Aja collaborator Baxter. Ultimately, the key to the film's success rests largely on Bustillo's smart, finely tuned screenplay, which pulls out all the stops to frazzle the nerves and assault the senses. With one clichéd exception involving a darkened house and a breaker box, Bustillo's characters react to their dilemma in the exact way the viewer expects that they might -- a true rarity in a genre that all-too-often falls back on flawed logic in order to keep the story moving forward. Match this with a deeply unsettling score that drifts from Tangerine Dream-style droning to knitting-needle-in-the-ear stings in the flash of a blade, and you've got the recipe for the essential "horror-thriller." Of course all of this can easily amount to naught if the villain of the piece isn't as colorful and clearly-defined as the protagonist, and Beatrice Dalle's scissor-wielding psychopath offers the perfect counter-balance to star Alysson Paradis's dead-on-the-inside heroine -- the tragic motivations of the former only come into play late in the final act, skillfully inverting the meaning of a crucial early scene. With her flowing black dress and ridiculously oversized scissors, Dalle's cigarette smoking, cat-crushing angel of death bears all the hallmarks of an iconic screen villain, and chances are good that she'll be stalking the nightmares of more sensitive viewers for some time to come. In the end, Inside packs a punch that's not only powerful enough to shake women who shiver at headlines about unborn babies being ripped from the womb by maniacal strangers, but virtually any viewer -- male or female -- who's willing to have their mettle tested by a pair of first-time filmmakers who have yet to be softened by age -- and who boldly defy the widely-held theory that gore and tension are mutually exclusive.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2008
UPC:
0796019811491
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NR
Source:
Weinstein Company
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:22:00

Special Features

An in-depth look at the making of Inside; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alysson Paradis Sarah
Béatrice Dalle Actor
Nathalie Roussel Actor
Nicolas Duvauchelle Actor
Francois-Regis Marchasson Actor
Aymen Saïdi Actor

Technical Credits
Alexandre Bustillo Director,Screenwriter
Julien Maury Director
Laurent Bares Cinematographer
Baxter Editor
Jean-François Chaintron Production Designer
François Eudes Chanfrault Score Composer
Vérane Frédiani Producer
Léonard Guillain Asst. Director
Jacques-Olivier Molon Special Effects
Franck Ribière Producer
Jacques Sans Sound/Sound Designer
Marc Thiebault Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Inside
1. Intro Credits [5:21]
2. Last Visit to the Hospital [3:59]
3. "I'd Rather Be Alone" [6:27]
4. A Strange Visitor [4:08]
5. Calling the Police [5:49]
6. Sleep Tight [4:55]
7. Sharp Wake Up Call [4:23]
8. Jean-Pierre Visits [4:59]
9. Trapped in the Bathroom [5:49]
10. "Why Me?" [4:16]
11. Checking In [4:58]
12. Police Brutality [8:02]
13. Lip Service [5:37]
14. Last Shot for Survival [4:27]
15. Scissor-Ean Section [5:20]
16. Closing Credits [3:41]

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Inside 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Haute Tension... Frontier(s)... These may have opened the door into extreme French horror but Inside aka I'interieur takes the cake and devours it. Blood, gore, guts, mayhem, carnage, these are still not enough words to explain the complete madness that begins when you put in your copy and doesn't relent until the credits roll. For I to speak about any of the gruesome scenes alone it would ruin the glory we horror fans come to adore. Pick up a copy, sit back, and if you happen to know someone who is squeamish, bring them along and let them have at it. Not for the faint of heart or easy to sicken. Gore lovers unite, this film will please you for months.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Inside is, quite simply, the bloodiest and nastiest movie in recent memory. However, what's more shocking than the insane amounts of blood obviously needed for such a film is how realistic the scenario and plot are. Nothing is done for the sake of doing it -- everything is absolutely believable and completely horrifying. There are a lot of cringworthy moments here, and if you're squeamish, you definitely should think about passing. However, if you can stomach it, it will be one of the more rewarding cinematic experiences you probably will ever have from a modern horror film.