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 ("À l'intérieur") 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.
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.
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.
Wag the Director: The behind the scenes video indicates that Béatrice Dalle may have done this in regards to handling her character, although the end result seems to be positive as both directors have planned to keep her on board for all their future projects.