I have to start off this review by stating THE INSIDE is a nice surprise. Because of its premise, I wanted it to be good. I buy movies from pawn shops on a frequent basis, and therefore I’m familiar with what many of them sell. As I’ve perused the stores, I’ve sometimes wondered if the owners ever find forgotten video tapes inside of video cameras or forgotten DVDs inside of DVD players. Director Eoin Macken uses this premise and sends the viewer on a nightmarish ride into hell. The result is a wicked and intense movie experience that is both haunting and satisfying.
If you are not familiar with THE INSIDE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Revolver Entertainment:
While in a pawnshop, a young man comes into possession of a second-hand video camera; discovering a tape still inside, he plays back the footage and witnesses a horrific series of events involving a group of teens in an undisclosed location. Using the footage as a guide, he retraces the steps to where the events seemingly occurred. Deciding to investigate, he discovers, to his horror, not only the truth of the events on the tape, but comes face-to-face with a supernatural terror from which he may not escape.
I do have to give a warning about this film, however: most of it is shot in first-person POV from a handheld camera. Because of this, there are many shaky and dizzying shots. People who became motion-sick from movies like CLOVERFIELD and THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT will probably want to stay away from this film.
THE INSIDE is well made overall, and looks great from a production standpoint. It is actually a hybrid movie, in that it combines found-footage with actual third-person POV shots. I like this aspect, as it allows you to immerse yourself in what is going on…but it also lets you take a breather every once in a while when the intensity gets too amped up.
And speaking of intense, this film does not let up. It takes a few minutes for the plot to unfold, but when it does, you’d better buckle your seatbelt. When things start to happen, they move at a shotgun blast pace. I particularly like how linear everything is; there are no flashbacks or pauses for reflection. When the proverbial crap hits the fan, the viewer is held spellbound until the credits start to roll.
The acting in THE INSIDE is very good as well. I hate to admit I do not recognize any names in the cast list, but I will wager they will definitely do well in future endeavors. Likewise, the special effects are pretty good, too, although there are not many of them.
If I were forced to find a flaw with THE INSIDE, I would have to say the lack of explanation for the supernatural aspects disappoints me a bit. It’s nothing at all that detracts from the film for the most part, however I, personally, would have liked a little more ‘meat’ in this area.
Still, THE INSIDE is hell of a thrill ride, and horror fans should give this one a look soon. I will be hosting a giveaway for a DVD copy of this film as well, so be sure and check that out after you finish reading this review. Otherwise, the film is available now in a variety of formats.