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article imageReview: ‘Inbred’ pulls viewers in multiple, bloodied directions Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Oct 23, 2012 in Entertainment
‘Inbred’ is a gruesome film that details how an unsuspecting group becomes the victims of a town that finds joy in inflicting unimaginable violence on them.
With a title like Inbred, it was safe to assume this would be one of Toronto After Dark's lower common denominator films. If ruthless, gory murder repeated isn't your cup of tea, steer clear. This movie has little else to offer.
When a worker accompanying a group of young offenders is injured, they seek help from the residents of a small town. However these people have been repopulating from within for generations, so they're not very keen on strangers. In fact, they take great joy in publicly dispatching them in a variety of ways.
If there's one thing that can be said about this film, it's that it doesn't lack imagination. The kills cover new ground and expand on some old methods. Two of the more horrific murders involve a horse and excrement, while one of the more amusing deaths incorporates a ferret. That said, for a film that appeared to be pushing the envelope, it remained quite restrained when it came to the blood and gore. If filmmakers are going to explore extremities of violence, they should take it all the way in every way.
From the moment the picture begins, there is no reprieve from the viciousness of their assaults. It starts with a show of brutal violence and escalates from there. Nonetheless, there is a lot of unnecessary "story" between kills. When you’re going exhibit that much carnage, the “why” or “who” is of little concern. As a result, the film seems confused of its intentions. Is it torture porn? Is it horror comedy? It flips so often between the two, it’s as if someone is playing with a light switch.
For a feature debut, co-writer/director Alex Chandon seems to be trying to accomplish too much. You can’t shock people with your capacity for remorseless violence one minute, only to try to tickle their funny bone the next. As seen here, the result is a confused and bloody mess.
Director: Alex Chandon
Starring: Jo Hartley, Seamus O'Neill and James Doherty
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