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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Inbred (DVD Review): English Torture Porn That Keeps It in the Family

Torture porn fan right here. Glad that we got that out of the way because I strongly dislike when the term is used in the negative. To me torture porn encompasses two elements I enjoy seeing on film: Torture and Porn (porn meaning a gratuitous display of purely visual, anti-intellectual footage used to evoke a very physical excitement from the viewer). Nothing wrong with that. I'm not out of line. For fuck's sake they used to watch criminals being executed in the flesh a few hundred years ago. So I'm the sick fuck for enjoying watching people screw and people get the innards tied to various objects and wound up, removed slowly? Nay. Inbred is more than just a Saw style torture porn flicker. It does not contain any in-out, in-out. It does contain some fascinating murders with some likable killers, some hate-able victims and some extremely rich costuming. Did I mention a bit of gore? Just a peppering.

Synopsis from Xlrator:

When four troubled teens and their social workers take a community service trip to a remote Yorkshire village, a minor incident with some local inbred youths rapidly escalates into a violent, deliriously warped nightmare.

Trailer:


Inbred isn't the bleak movie that many take for torture porn though the attention to the kills is what really sets it as a part from the movies of this category. It's an elevated slash and hack film, some kills set on stage for the amusement of the "inbred". Some happenstance in various locales. The entire time you're watching the blood splatter and splat, you'll most likely be laughing. The actors are extremely clever and actually believable. You believe them to be insane. You nearly love them for the strange anti-heroes that they seem to become. You may not root for them, but you won't wish them death. In the same right, the victims play themselves up as unlikeable, haughty, townsfolk who know better. They're "better". The inbred here might be substituted with hillbilly or redneck but of the British persuasion, and while they may not be Tucker and Dale, they have a basic credo to follow: murder is damn entertaining.

The methods of murder are unique though I will not ruin them for you here by describing what I loved about each. I will say that they contain enough gore to make the horror fan happy. Think H.G. Lewis if he used less Crayola in his red and had the education of 50 years of the special effects craft. It's why I adore the movie. Kill creatively and make me love to watch the death of innocents, and I'll watch on repeat.

Hillbilly horror needed a new entry, and it wasn't in the Wrong Turn series (which needs a bit of a revamp). Inbred rekindles what was wonderful about the initial Wrong Turn picture. The whole thing feels fresh, looks great, acted well (for this particular subgenre) and ultimately tells an original story while relying on some common plot narration used in movies of this ilk.


If you like 2000 Maniacs, you're gonna love Inbred.

Pick it up now on DVD.

-Dr. TERROR


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