Inside (France 2007)
***WARNING!!! Extreme violence and gore***
What the heck is up with the French these days? Their horror movies have got some heavy teeth -- mixing violence and gore with top-notch acting and smart storytelling. These movies are not for everyone -- they are challenging to say the least, and will be offensive to some, this one included.
Summary: Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby. Where this leads ... well ... you'll have to watch and find out. If you dare!
If you think you can handle it, check out these other French horror selections available at RPL:
Irreversible (France 2002) - while not strictly horror, this movie will horrify you. Summary: Alex and Marcus are a couple whose story is told over the course of a fateful evening in a series of long takes. An emotional odyssey that unspools in reverse from gut-wrenching violence to sweetly observed moments of sublime tenderness.
High Tension (France 2003) - Summary: Two college girlfriends (Marie and Alexia) escape to Alexia's parents' country home for rest and to study. Their respite is brutally interrupted by a mysterious killer on the rampage. Very little dialogue. Some subtitles. See previous blog post: French slasher film destined to become cult classic.
Martyrs (France/Canada 2008) -- Summary: Lucie, a ten year old little girl who was kidnapped in France in the early 70's, is found a few months later wandering by the side of a road. Traumatized and mute, she is placed in a hospital where she finds friendship with Anna, a girl her age. 15 years later, Lucie sets out to find her torturers and get revenge. See previous blog post: Abandon all hope ye who enter here