Xavierpop Does @TADFilmFest – Next Up..The Very Deliciously Crass And Twisted Black Film ‘Inbred’
Inbred meshes the world of horror with the wry British humor to create a funny, grossly entertaining take on culture clash. Intertwining humor and gore, the movie sticks its thumb right in the eye of convention and good taste with a delight in disturbing its city dwellers lost in a country village where the citizens are quite disturbed and not really welcoming of outsiders.
Four youth offenders are off on a weekend with their caseworkers in remote Yorkshire village of Mortlake. The workers, Jeff (James Doherty) and Kate (Jo Hartley) are at odds as to how best handle the kids who want little to nothing to do with both the rundown house they are staying in and Jeff’s posturing. The kids, Zeb (Terry Haywood), Sam (Nadine Rose Mulkerrin), Dwight (Chris Waller) and Tim (James Burrows) all come with their own unique problems and want little to do with the trip, or one another. Despite the conflict, they clean the house enough to stay in and head to the local pub, The Dirty Hole, as reward. While there, they are told by proprietor Jim (Seamus O’Neill) most of the locals don’t want or like outsiders, and suggest things will be fine if the group keeps to itself. The next morning Jeff suggests an outing to abandoned trains to try to recover valuables from them. This odd endeavor has been arranged, but no one is there to greet the group, so they take tools they find in a shed and begin. Of course, once out of sight of the councilors, the troubled teens draw the attention of the locals in unintended ways, setting into motion a series of events and actions that will have a deep impact on both the group and the locals.
To say this is a gross and graphic film would simply not do justice to the quality of effects on display here. Well done and very realistic, all of the effects are quite convincing. The humor is as equally well done, though the cartoonish nature of the locals, in particular Jim wandering around half of the film in blackface, makes the film a delight. Political correctness, nay, even common decency, was left somewhere far behind when they were creating this, so much the better. In a not so subtle bit of satire, the audience watches as the group members are tortured in front of an audience of locals. Droning, drooling and in various animal costumes, they simply cheer the same way every time something happens, regardless of whatever, ahem, comes their way.
Director Alex Chandon has made a brilliant movie from the script he and Paul Shrimpton wrote. This deliciously black film takes delight in torturing both the characters, and to a lesser extent, the audience, but in a good way. The groups characters are well developed, being quite plausible and well acted. With the exception of Jim, a wisecracking killer, the locals are all part inbred, buck-toothed halfwits. Their defective understanding of the world coupled with a desire to keep it that way leads them to what would be otherwise unthinkable acts. There is no suspense, no increasing intensity to an all encompassing final conflict, but rather once it turns the corner into death and mayhem, it never looks back. While short reprieves are given, it’s usually in the form of setting up the next death, or conflict. The kills, though, are absolutely fantastic, with each being unique. How they die has something to say about each character, but not much. And all quite amusing.
It’s crass and base, with little to redeem itself to general audiences. They don’t matter, though, this film wasn’t made for them, but for a different audience altogether. Original and witty, it’s more for the lover of black humor and funny violence than even your general horror fan may enjoy.