THEY’RE INSIDE (2019) Reviews and overview

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They’re Inside is a 2019 American horror film co-produced, edited and directed by John-Paul Panelli (short: Paranormal Ex-tivity) from a screenplay co-written with Schuyler Brumley. The Masterfully Macabre Entertainment-Scratch Tap Productions movie stars Karli Hall, Amanda Kathleen Ward, Sascha Ghafoor, Chelsea D. Miller and Jake Ferree.


Trapped in a secluded cabin in the woods, Robin (Karli Hall), and her sister, Cody (Amanda Kathleen Ward), must overcome their dark past while battling threats from deadly masked strangers. They will need to work together if they want to make it out alive…


” …there is some innate sarcasm in its wonderfully weird and haunting screenplay […] let us kindly point you in the direction of They’re Inside and its delicious tension and murderous screams.” Cryptic Rock

“Despite having a few factors that hold this one back, the intriguing setup and some chilling home invasion scenes manage to give it some worthwhile sequences to enjoy here. Give this a shot if you’re into this kind of found footage effort or a big fan of the home invasion genre…” Don’s World of Horror and Exploitation

” …while most of the filmmaking is standard Found Footage 101, the ending sequence is a stationary long take that is as vicious as it is bloody. And the denouement colors the preceding 80 minutes in a different light that was unexpected in a lot of ways […] They’re Inside proves that there’s still some life left in this horse.” Gayly Dreadful

“That the story is shaped in the edit to cast suspicion on handy red herrings or even a supernatural explanation is raised in the dialogue, and even the fact that one of the killers – a masked cutie-pie (Alex Rinehart) – at once overdoes her act and has copped it from The Strangers seems more a failure of the banal monster than of the film.” The Kim Newman Web Site

“The annoying thing about the way John-Paul Panelli uses the found-footage format here is that he cheats on the set-ups […] It readily becomes apparent that what we are watching is a found-footage version of The Strangers (2008). Unfortunately, this is a version of The Strangers made with nowhere near any of the style that Bryan Bertino demonstrated.” Moria

“Yes, it’s a found footage movie, and yes, it has many aspects of a slasher, but then again it’s also a character study, and it shows some arthouse tendencies – and it’s all somehow rolled into a coherent whole that at times seems to lead its viewers astray with glee, playing with genre conventions and audience expectations.” Search My Trash

“The plot seems straightforward enough at first, almost cliched. However, They’re Inside becomes more and more bizarre as its story unfolds. I certainly wasn’t expecting how it all played out. And I’m not going to spoil it either, you want to go into this knowing as little as possible.” Voices from the Beyond


They’re Inside has been picked up by Epic Pictures for US distribution via their Dread imprint with a July 16, 2019, release on VOD and Blu-ray.

Cast and characters:

Karli Hall … Robin – Haunt; Under the Bed (2017)
Amanda Kathleen Ward … Cody – Of Love and Zombies short
Sascha Ghafoor … Aaron – Rift; Kill the Devil short
Chelsea D. Miller … Joanna
Jake Ferree … Doug
Matthew Peschio … The Man
Alex Rinehart … The Woman
Schuyler Brumley … Max
Louie Chapman … Louie
MacLeod Andrews … Voice of the Man

Filming locations:

Big Bear, California
Idyllwild, California
Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino National Forest, California
Los Angeles, California

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