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Flashback Friday: INSIDE (2007)

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 10:55 am by Logan Boggs

Of all the horror sub-genres, home invasion movies tend to bother me the most. There is something incredibly terrifying about the idea of an intruder invading you home; the place where you’re supposed to feel the safest. With an idea so viscerally frightening, you would think that it would be difficult to make a bad, or even boring, home invasion film. Unfortunately, that is not the case. A lot of home invasion movies are flops because they miss a crucial aspect—characterization. This is where Inside shines.

Dimension Extreme Release

The main character in this film is well-rounded, and in my experience, the audience genuinely reacts to seeing her in peril. At beginning of the movie, we are introduced to Sarah; a young, recently pregnant newlywed. She and her husband, Matthieu seem to be completely, blissfully happy.

For a brief moment, I forgot I was watching a horror movie, until the next scene proceeded to gut-wrenchingly remind me what I had signed up for. Sarah and Matthieu are in a terrible car accident that results in his untimely death. Sarah is now left to deliver and raise her child alone.

The accident

Six months later, Sarah is seen preparing for her delivery, and she is an absolute mess. She is extremely depressed and is having disturbing nightmares about her unborn child killing her. Judging by her actions, it appears that she may not want the baby at all–it is a constant reminder of the happy life she’s now lost.

Later that same evening, Sarah is surprised by a knock at her front door. The woman on the other side asks to use her phone, but she refuses, and tells the woman that she cannot come in because her husband is sleeping. The woman tells Sarah that she knows her husband is dead, and continues knocking on her door. Sarah calls the police, but of course, they are of no help. This is where things begin to spiral out of control for Sarah, and she is forced to protect herself and her baby from the brutal female assailant.

There are so many twists and turns that I’d like to write about, but don’t want to spoil for you! This movie is one of the most brutal and unrelenting films that I’ve ever seen. Inside feels like completely new and fresh film, even though there are hundreds of other home invasion and body horror films out there. Of all of the new-wave foreign horror that I’ve seen, Inside is definitely my favorite entry. Check it out if you’re a fan of films like Martyrs, A Serbian Film, or High Tension.

Inside: A

    • Erika

      Your review makes me so excited to see it! Great job! 😀

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