“An amusing, deliciously gory, occasionally shocking and decidedly vicious little film” — DREAD CENTRAL
Kids go on a rural trip, far away from home. Kids stop to check out a dilapidated house. Kids get butchered, one by one, by not-quite-right-in-the-head local folks. Sounds like something out of the TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE textbook? Agreed, except we’re in England, near the bucolic township of Mortlake, where the little boys playing in the cornfields like to torture scarecrows or burn animals alive for fun. Meanwhile, their genetically compromised parents are busy setting up a freak show. The urban interlopers are in fact juvenile delinquents on a community service outing, supervised by a pair of caretakers — who are less that successful in caring for these kids. In INBRED, people are gutted, decapitated, hunted, crucified, chopped, stampeded, trapped, exploded... by country-lovin’ British hillbillies, complete with bad teeth, greasy hair and filthy clothes (and the requisite DELIVERANCE banjo solo). They may even be cannibals, for all we know. It’s stylish, frenetic and messy like the WRONG TURN franchise, boasting a siege scene à la STRAW DOGS. And a chainsaw-swinging idiot.
Even though its tone is sometimes pretty grisly (think CALVAIRE or Hooper’s aforementioned classic), this flick is more about having some mindless, ultra-violent fun, HATCHET-style. Seriously, the gore is fantastic and the kills, inventive and plentiful: this is practical effects done right, enhanced by great CGI when needed. Hats off to director Alex Chandon, the man behind CRADLE OF FEAR (starring renowned black metal band Cradle of Filth). INBRED’s cast, featuring James Burrows (EDEN LAKE), will be familiar to those who’ve seen DEAD’S MEN SHOES or THIS IS ENGLAND. As the owner of Mortlake’s only pub (not unlike the one in AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON), Seamus O’Neill is a crazy-clown version of HAUTE TENSION’s Philippe Nahon. On the cameo side, we see gorgeous Emily Booth (EVIL ALIENS, DOGHOUSE, Chandon’s PERVIRELLA) and real-life “freak” Mat Fraser (a thalidomide survivor and performance artist). Todd Browning would’ve approved, as will fans of HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES.
— Kristof G.