New on DVD: Inside

New on DVD: Inside

After screening the film (a.k.a. À l’intérieur) at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, it was clear it was destined for a straight to DVD release – not because it was bad but because it would never be accepted by mainstream audiences or the theatres they frequent. Sarah (Alysson Paradis) is going to give birth […]

InsideAfter screening the film (a.k.a. À l’intérieur) at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, it was clear it was destined for a straight to DVD release – not because it was bad but because it would never be accepted by mainstream audiences or the theatres they frequent.

Sarah (Alysson Paradis) is going to give birth any day now. Distancing herself after a car accident that killed her husband four months earlier, she wants nothing but a quiet night alone. When a stranger (Béatrice Dalle) knocks asking to use the phone, Sarah acts on the side of caution refusing to open the door; only the stranger knows who she is and is not going anywhere. What ensues is a vicious battle in which Sarah fights for the survival of herself and the life inside her, while the scissor-wielding maniac tries to extinguish one and steal the other.

This film is definitely not for the faint of heart or weak-stomached. Marketed as a horror-thriller, there is never a dull moment or lack of blood; neutral coloured sets are sprayed red and costumes are irreversibly stained. While the violence may seem brutal and unnerving, it does not occur outside of the narrative.

The DVD includes a 50-minute ‘making of’ documentary that features interviews with directing team Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, the cast, and effects artists. It almost plays like a video diary of the shoot without the insightful commentary.

Inside is a gut-wrenching exhibition of intensity and gore, propelled by strong performances from Paradis and well-known French actress Dalle. After seeing it, you will never look at a pair of cutting shears the same way again.