Film: Inside

Much like roller coasters and hard liquor, the pregnant should stay well away from this.

"Open it, Sarah. Don't be afraid. You don't want that child. I'll take good care of him..."
La Femme

Inside ("└ l'intÚrieur") is a French slasher film released in 2007.

On a bleak, rainy day a pregnant photojournalist named Sarah Scarangelo is involved in a grisly two vehicle crash, an accident that kills her husband, Matthieu. Skipping ahead four months, the film depicts a now bitter, detached, and depressed Sarah being told by her doctor that she should go into labor the next day, Christmas. Preferring to be alone to wait out the inevitable birth, Sarah blows off her mother, Louise, and is given a lift home by her boss, Jean-Pierre, who she arranges to have drive her to the hospital the next morning.

As Sarah tries to get comfortable in her desolate little house, her attempts at rest and relaxation are interrupted by a knock at the door. A female voice (belonging to simply "La Femme") tells Sarah that she needs to use her phone, due to car trouble. A wary Sarah refuses to allow the visitor entry, and when they persist, Sarah claims her husband is sleeping upstairs, and does not want to be disturbed. Things turn terrifying when the woman refers to Sarah by name, and reveals she knows Sarah's husband is dead. As the woman stalks around outside, smashing a window, Sarah tries to take her picture, and calls the police. When a trio of officers arrive and look around, finding no trace of the menacing woman, they reassure Sarah before leaving, claiming they will send a unit over to check in on her later on, being unable to stay due to riots periodically breaking out throughout the area due to civil unrest.

Put at ease, at least somewhat, Sarah, after noticing what looks like the mysterious woman in the background of some old pictures she had taken, heads to bed, but is rudely awakened by the woman jabbing a large pair of scissors into her belly button. Managing to fight the intruder off, a bruised and bloodied Sarah locks herself in the bathroom, unable to warn Jean-Pierre or Louise (who she accidentally kills, thinking she was her attacker) when they stop by of the threat the woman poses. Obviously deranged, the woman eventually makes clear her intention to claim Sarah's baby, and will kill anyone who tries to stop her from cutting the infant out of the expectant mother's womb.

Noted as being a prime example of Gorn, this picture has so much bloodshed it almost comes off as a non-comedic splatter film. Seriously, by the end, there is probably not one inch of Sarah's house that isn't soaked in blood and guts. Suffice to say, Nightmare Fuel and Nausea Fuel are in high supply.

This film provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Louise doesn't look too much older than Sarah, and this was probably Jean-Pierre's thought when La Femme pretended to be Louise.
  • Accidental Murder: Hearing someone approach, Sarah attacks with a knitting needle, killing her own mother.
  • Adult Fear: Losing their child to another woman is indeed a very deep-rooted fear for most women.
  • Aerosol Flamethrower: As La Femme leans over her and lights a cigarette, Sarah sprays her with a canister, setting her head on fire.
  • Alliterative Name: Sarah Scarangelo.
  • Ax-Crazy: A more lucid, but no less violent, example.
  • Axe Before Entering: La Femme never succeeds in actually breaking through the washroom door, but does punch little holes in it with her scissors.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: La Femme succeeds in cornering and disemboweling Sarah, killing her, to get the baby.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Subverted. Sarah is slashed across her mouth with a pair of scissors. La Femme is seriously disfigured via Sarah's Aerosol Flamethrower.
  • Blade on a Stick: Sarah creates a makeshift spear, though La Femme ends up being the wielder, using it to kill the final officer.
  • Blood from the Mouth
  • Blood Spattered Innocents: Sarah spends roughly ninety percent of the film covered in blood.
  • Boom, Headshot: The second officer's death.
  • Bowdlerized: The version available at most Blockbusters apparently cut out around seven minutes.
  • Camping a Crapper: As the second officer is helping Sarah out of the washroom, La Femme appears to blow his head off.
  • Cat Fight: Utterly averted. Despite being mainly about two women fighting each other, it's too brutal and too gory for the battles to be considered cute or sexy, especially when one of the fighters is pregnant.
  • Chained Heat: The third officer is forced to drag Abdel along by a leash he also attaches himself to while looking around Sarah's house.
  • Diabolus Ex Machina: Just as Sarah gains the upper hand, an officer that we were lead to believe La Femme had earlier killed turns out to still be alive, and in a deranged state he attacks Sarah, causing her to go into labor and become helpless.
  • Disappeared Dad: Sarah's father is never mentioned.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: As tragic as the accident was, there's no indication that Sarah is to blame. This doesn't stop La Femme for wanting her baby in exchange for the one Sarah lost.
  • Duct Tape for Everything: After giving herself a tracheotomy, Sarah duct tapes the wound.
  • Evil Is Petty: La Femme randomly kills Sarah's cat by crushing its head.
  • Eye Scream: The first officer's death; the third also seems to be missing his eyes when he reappears.
  • Face-Revealing Turn: Done with the deranged and disfigured third officer.
  • Famous Last Words:
    • Louise: "Sarah?"
    • Jean-Pierre: "Sarah?"
    • BAC Policeman #1: "No, no!"
    • BAC Policeman #2: "Oh my fucking God..."
    • Abdel: "Hey lady, hey lady! She's still here! Come on, get up! Come on, get up! Fuck! Where the fuck are your keys!?"
    • Sarah: "Mommy, mommy!"
  • Fatal Family Photo: The third police officer gets a call from his wife or girlfriend.
  • Flashback: Near the end, the opening car crash is reshown from La Femme's perspective.
  • Foreign Remake: There have been plans for a North American remake, though they are progressing rather slowly.
  • For the Evulz: What Sarah claims is the mentioned rioters real motive; they're not protesting, just being destructive for it's own sake.
  • Freudian Excuse: La Femme was the other driver in the crash that killed Matthieu, and lost her baby in it, something she came to blame on Sarah.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: A bitch nurse (who does it in the hospital right next to Sarah, no less) and La Femme are the only characters shown smoking.
  • Gorn: When the title credits play over rippling pools of blood with what appears to be fetuses in them, you know you're in for a messy ride.
  • Groin Attack: La Femme stabs Jean-Pierre in the crotch with her scissors.
  • Ice Queen: The initial impression given by Sarah.
  • Idiot Ball: La Femme insisting Jean-Pierre stay for drinks instead of just letting him leave, three different police all failing to use their radio to call for help (including one who has just heard gunshots), and Sarah simply dropping the handgun that the police gave her.
  • Improbable Weapon User: La Femme's primary weapons are a knitting needle and a pair of scissors.
  • Improvised Weapon: Early on, Sarah uses a lamp to bash La Femme, who later returns the favor by bludgeoning Sarah with a toaster.
  • Orifice Evacuation: Sarah has a nightmare about her baby forcing its way out of her mouth.
  • Pet the Dog: Subverted. After petting and coddling the cat, La Femme crushes its skull in her bare hands, and casually throws the body aside.
  • Potty Failure: After holing up in the washroom, Sarah pees herself (or her water breaks, whichever).
  • Pregnant Badass: What Sarah is forced to become.
  • Reaction Shot: Mostly from the fetus.
  • Red Shirt: Abdel, a suspected vandal arrested by some officers sent check in on Sarah.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: The backdrop of the Paris riots.
  • The Reveal: La Femme was the other driver in the accident that killed Matthieu, and miscarried because of it.
  • Troubled Backstory Flashback: A depressed Sarah imagines Matthieu caressing her, but this is cut short by a shot of him having his head smashed into a windshield.
  • Two-Faced: La Femme, after being burned.
  • Undercrank: Randomly used in a scene where La Femme lights up a cigarette.
  • Weaponized Camera: Rather mundane instance of this, with Sarah using the flashes from her camera to navigate her dark house, and find La Femme.
  • Window Pain: Early on, La Femme smashes one of Sarah's windows as an intimidation tactic.
  • White Shirt of Death: Sarah wears a white nightgown for most of the film. By the end, it's completely red.