!!!WARNING. MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!
Christmas Eve. Sarah(Alysson Paradis) is very close to going into labour, and spends one last night at home, waiting to be picked up and taken to hospital the following morning. Having lost the father of the baby in a terrible car crash, Sarah is still grieving and experiencing nightmares, but her biggest nightmare is yet to come, as a scissor weilding maniac(Beatrice Dalle) is desperate for a baby of her own, and decides that Sarah's unborn child fits the bill.
First of all, the reason this film stops just short of being a masterpiece in the horror genre is towards the end it becomes maddingly ambiguous and perhaps loses a little of the clear, crisp narrative it had fought so hard to achieve. However, that is a very minor grumble.
'Inside' is still a terrific film, a grim, unrelenting adult horror with scenes of strong violence and threat galore. Not for everyone for sure, but for the horror connoisseur, this film will be a real treat, a truly visceral journey into darkness. It helps that the two female leads are so strong, expectant mother and cuckoo battling to the death.
Like another French horror 'Martyrs', the reason this film succeeds is that it is unafraid to tackle slightly taboo subject matters and tackle them it does, full on.
It is also refreshing to see another original horror coming from Europe, at a time where sadly the United States horror output has become an endless cycle of tired retreads and lame remakes.
I would recommend this film to horror film fans and lovers of extreme cinema. Expectant mothers and the easily offended should approach with caution. As for this Momentum release, well there is an entertaining 'making-of' featurette to accompany the film, but little else. 5 out of 5 as I really enjoyed the film.