Inbred (18)

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Review byJennifer Tate19/09/2012

Two out of Five stars
Running time: 90 mins

This warped British horror about a group of young offenders who find themselves in a Yorkshire village filled with dangerous inbreds is daft, disturbing and defective but thankfully, it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

What’s it all about?
Directed and co-written by Alex Chandon, Inbred is a British horror set in North Yorkshire and tells the story of four young offenders, who travel to a remote and eerie village for a youth project with their care workers, Kate (Jo Hartley) and Jeff (James Doherty). After a quick visit to the local pub upon arrival, the group soon realise something isn’t quite right as creepy locals gawp and heave suspicious-looking body bags. When Jeff is involved in an accident whilst warning some hair-raising locals to stay away from the kids, trouble soon ensues and the group find themselves captured by the inbred townspeople, who have torturous plans for each and every one of them.

The Good

All you have to know about this ghastly horror flick is its crass tagline of ‘They came in peace. They left in pieces’, which should also tell you that this is one ghastly horror flick that doesn’t take itself seriously; and praise has to be handed to writers Alex Chandon and Paul Shrimpton, who just about manage to create a fairly original and reasonably enjoyable horror movie through their pairing of an utterly ridiculous concept with painfully gruesome violence. Despite a few clichés in terms of its setup for the unfolding horror (the eerie pub landlord dropping a glass when Kate mentions which cottage they’re staying in, for example), with its extremely gore-filled torture acts and strange plot, Inbred is certainly memorable – but whether that’s for the right reasons or not is a different matter.

The Bad
North Londoner Alex Chandon’s warped filmic view of Northerners being typical boozy degenerates with inbred traits is outdated and quite frankly a little tasteless, and the film’s attempts at creating humour are unsuccessful, with a lot of ‘jokes’ unlikely to raise any laughs among audiences. Ultimately, Inbred also fails to provide any emotional pay-offs for viewers and its attempt at creating likeable characters for the audience to root for is tarnished with Kate’s petulant and hysterical warbling and the unconvincing blossoming romance between proud arsonist Tim (James Burrows) and quiet wallflower Sam (Nadine Rose Mulkerrin).

Worth seeing?
Despite its many faults, Inbred is a fairly entertaining and original piece of horror filmmaking but its tasteless and crass gore tactics won’t suit everyone’s tastes.

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