Tonight I watched À l’intérieur (or Inside) and while it’s not perfect, it does give insight into how good “extreme horror” can be.
Inside fits the extreme horror tag. It is as gory, brutal, and absolutely relentless as you’d expect. But it’s also beautifully well done, boasting gorgeous cinematography and surprisingly subtle performances from its two leads. Their interaction gives the film a certain level of emotional complexity that I sometimes found strangely moving. Alysson Paradis and Beatrice Dalle portray two women after the same thing, the child growing in Paradis’ womb. Dalle’s portrayal of a crazed woman is tempered by a level of emotional frustration that is distinctly human. That human element is missing in a lot of horror movie villains and makes this one infinitely more horrifying than most.
It’s violent. It is intensely violent, but it never sacrifices art in favor of gore. Inside is one of the few horror films worth watching just for the visuals. It’s absolutely gorgeous, with almost every shot appearing to be meticulously planned. These visual elements are gripping enough that I can forgive some of the few painfully unnecessary CG moments.
I’d recommend Inside to any horror fan with a very strong stomach.
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