5.5. out of 10

Release Date: 21st September 2012

Director: Alex Chandon

Cast: Jo Hartley, Seamus O’Neill, James Doherty, James Burrows, Neil Leiper, Nadine Rose Mulkerrin, Chris Waller, Terry Haywood with George Newton, Dominic Brunt, Mat Fraser and Emily Booth

Writer: Alex Chandon and P Shrimpton

Trailer: INBRED

EE BY GUM pop video

Review by Matt Usher aka Joe Pesci II Below.



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  1. INBRED – review by Matt Usher

    There’s a lot of screaming in INBRED. A lot. But what did I expect from the director of CHAINSAW SCUMFUCK? True, I haven’t seen that film, but I can’t help but feel that there may be some clues in that title.

    Some ‘troubled’ teens (i.e. annoying nurks) and their social workers head to a village in Yorkshire for a character-building weekend. Except the village is full of inbred cannibalistic psychopaths, so they all get chopped up instead. That’s about it really.

    Despite that unpromising premise INBRED does offer a few surprises. The first surprise is that it looks and feels like a real film, not one of those efforts (such as the oeuvre of Paul TT Easter) where someone’s listlessly waving a video camera to little effect. The first third of INBRED is impeccably made but a bit dull. It follows most of the rules: a bunch of people (four unruly teens with the usual characteristics, plus their ill-matched adult guardians) arrive in a lonely quiet place where there is an air of desolation and menace. The actors play it straight, the film looks (for the most part) like a standard horror. There are occasional deliberately jarring features – the comic-book yokel locals for example, but by and large it’s business as usual. Then, after an incident involving some goats suddenly we move from ‘standard-horror-set-up’ to ‘imaginatively-over-the-top-festival-of-comic-yet-repugnant-gore-with-a-catchy-theme-tune’. (Yes, the song ‘Ee by gum’ underlines the Yorkshire-ness of the villains. The good people of Yorkshire are presented as inbred idiots with bizarre fetishes for ferrets and vegetables.) (As someone incarcerated in Yorkshire I can vouch for the film’s 100% accuracy in its depiction of the honest Yorkshireman (this is going out under a pseudonym isn’t it?)) For the final hour it’s just a cacophony of supposedly comic death and dismemberment, and people shouting. I know that they’ve got really good reason to shout and wail and gnash teeth and holler and scream and yell and shriek and moan and cry and groan and whimper and howl (after all they’re being dismembered and forced to wear silly wigs) but it does all get a bit tiring after a while and I just wanted it to stop. There are only so many ways to comically commit amputation, and this film does them all, and then a few more.

    I think this is one of those bad taste films (I think the incident involving the muck-spreader probably convinced me of that) more intent on being gruesome and icky than on telling a story, and that’s its main weakness (and main strength depending on your perspective). Basically a bunch of clowns (not literally) accidentally find themselves in a hostile environment full of killer clowns (literally in one case) and there’s a free-for-all bloodbath and that’s about it, with one bunch of clowns ending up slaughtered whilst the other bunch are severely depleted in number but live to fight another day. There are decapitations by cleaver, and by shooting, there are exploding bodies, people getting squashed, legs are amputated frequently, eyes prove to be surprisingly detachable and a horse gets clumsy. It’s worth watching for its squirmy effects, if you like squirmy effects, so long as the incessant screaming doesn’t get on your nerves.

    It does subvert a few notions along the way. For example, the film opens with a black and white sequence showing a member of the working classes rising up against the might of the ruling classes and laying them low. I was expecting this to be a metaphor for the film in general. No such luck, it just turns out to be an excuse to hack Emily Booth to pieces. The film-makers set up an ending which doesn’t happen (clever storytelling or budgetary constraints?) but I was a bit annoyed (though surprised) by the ending which did happen. (It’s all a bit of a shrug of the shoulders sort of ending.)

    It’s much better made than expected (but I was expecting a carbon copy of EVIL ALIENS – a film made with the budget of Blue Peter’s Thunderbirds Island). Technically there’s a great deal of rather good splatter. The mostly unknown cast is pretty good (except for the boy playing the arsonist – he was a bit one-note). In fact this is probably a perfect movie for whatever niche audience it’s aimed at (fans of low budget British film about marauding inbred villagers cutting up troubled teenagers in increasingly varied if predictable ways will be in their element). The jokes are obvious and so are the scares. The film gets by mostly on energy (by which I mean screaming) and inventive icky situations. Stuff like suspense, spookiness and mystery have no place here.

    Imagine the TV sitcom Love Thy Neighbour crossed with CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST. If that thought appeals, then this is the film for you.

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