Inside – original title: À l’intérieur – is a 2007 French horror feature film directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Livid; Among the Living; Leatherface) from a screenplay written by the latter. The movie stars Alysson Paradis and Béatrice Dalle (Livid; Among the Living).
The plot concerns the attack and home-invasion of a young pregnant woman by a mysterious stranger who seeks to take her unborn baby.
The film received generally positive reviews from mainstream critics upon its release and was particularly well-received among horror film critics, noting it for being a genuinely scary and brutally violent example of the so-called New French Extremity.
‘Though it follows on the heels of several blood-soaked home invasion movies, Inside has more than enough to stun even the most jaded horror fan. The film isn’t perfect, with a few lapses in logic as well as a last act half-baked twist (nowhere near as ludicrous as High Tension’s bullshit, thankfully) but these seem like minor nit-picks when compared to the sheer power of this film.’ Dread Central
‘From the tense atmosphere (set against the backdrop of the Paris riots) to the incredible sound-work (these French horror movies are case studies in utilizing sound to maximize scares) to the terror that follows and doesn’t let up until the final, ridiculous ending, Inside is a textbook example of how to shock a disillusioned horror viewer like myself out of a mediocrity-induced coma.’ DVD Verdict
“Inside grinds nerves and bludgeons emotions while building to an awesome volcanic climax.” Mike “McBeardo” McFadden, Heavy Metal Movies
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“Enfant terribles Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo cut a deep gash in the French “extreme horror” new wave with their slasher film extraordanaire … It’s a gory Gallic violence party of household weapons including knitting needles, a lamp, Lysol, sewing shears and – bonus points – the very creative use of a toaster.” Rolling Stone