À l’intérieur

So, for this edition of Movie Madness Monday, I’m going to tell you guys about one of my favorite horror movies ever. It’s called Inside or À l’intérieur, if you want to go with the original French title. It came out in 2007, and is basically just a big, giant f-you to your emotions.

The least offensive poster

So, this movie starts out with a car crash superimposed by the credits. It’s pretty crazy to experience a car crash from inside a person’s uterus, but that’s the French for you. Anyway, it segues pretty quickly from devastating car crash to Christmas Eve a few months later. The protagonist is 9 months pregnant and on the eve of both Christmas and an early-morning induced labor, and her fiancé has died in the beginning car crash. We also find out that she’s a photographer, which is kind of important later.

Anyway! It starts out as a sort-of typical French film, which is to say it makes no real sense and there’s a weird ghost-nude-sexy-times scene. But, that changes pretty quickly, y’all. Once the action starts, it’s pretty much a full-on gorefest for the most completely devastating, utterly despondent 82 minutes of any movie I’ve ever seen. It feels much longer. Trust.

Beatrice Dalle and Alysson Paradis

You guys. Béatrice Dalle is terrifying as the evil woman. Alysson Paradis is a revelation as the terrified pregnant woman. One of the characters describes it best when he says the set is like a charnel house.

Of course, there are some parts that are utterly incomprehensible to me. The fact that Paradis decides to take a bunch of pictures of the creeper outside of her house before calling the cops. I mean, I know she’s a photographer and it would be nice to have photographic evidence of the trespasser, but it still seems odd when she sees someone outside her house, and reaches for her camera instead of her phone.

Also, there will be a moment in which you wonder if the movie has suddenly become a zombie flick. It has not.

The film is set during the crazy mobs and bombings and protests that happened in France in 2006, which also adds a nice air of unrest and mystery to the film. Is this happening because she’s a news photographer? Why is Dalle trying to cut the baby out of Paradis? What is going on? It’s got a great twist ending that will make you believe in twist endings again, and is also reminiscent of other horror films coming out of France at that time (Haute Tension comes to mind).

I could (and have) write an entire essay about this film, delving into the psychological terror imparted by the movie, not to mention the physical discomfort one feels watching it, especially as a person with a uterus. It’s kind of like Teeth for women.

Also a really good, mostly feminist film about vagina dentata

Inside is perfect for Women in Horror month because it features two bad-ass women, including the inimitable Béatrice Dalle, who, seriously you guys, google her. It also features some pretty awesome gore effects and some seriously epic death scenes, which can only make a movie better, in my opinion. Really, there is a reason I make all of my friends watch this movie. It’s just that amazing. I can’t in good conscience recommend it without telling you that you will lose all faith in humanity by the end of the film, but that’s just because it’s such a well-crafted story that you believe it. Seriously. It’s very claustrophobic and it’s mostly all set in one house, with very close shots and crazy angles that make you feel like you’re part of the action and maybe you’ll be attacked next. It’s really so good, y’all.

So, that’s it for my review of Inside. I hope you guys enjoyed it! I think I’m starting to get better at this whole reviewing thing. If you have any suggestions for future Movie Madness Mondays posts, let me know! I’ll be glad to watch or review anything, it doesn’t have to be horror!

And now, the trailer. Not for the faint of heart. You’ve been warned.

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