Here’s the next installment of my top 31 films since 2000.
#29: The Inside (2012)
The clever thing about this nasty found footage film is that it establishes the expectation of one type of horror film, then from out of left field seamlessly turns it into another.
Set in Dublin, we find a group of likeable girlfriends, who while out celebrating a friend’s birthday are violently assaulted in an abandoned building by some of the most disgusting thugs ever put on film. Now, while this in itself, is terrifying, the lights go out and both victims and rapists are hunted by something far more sinister.
The story is secondary to premise, and the film is rife with many found footage faux pas, but I was able to look beyond its faults (I’m not even going to attempt to justify the weird switch to 3rd person narrative in the final act) and feel genuine anxiety and a real sense of menace as these poor girls scream and scamper from one nightmare to the next.
If you can look beyond it’s flaws, there are some really well executed set pieces that stick with you even after that silly final act.
Check out the trailer below and be sure to tune in tomorrow for #28.