is a French horror film released in 2011. It is Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury's follow-up to Inside
. While there are some grisly moments, the film is considerably less gorier than its predecessor.
It's young Lucie's first day as a trainee in-house caregiver. She visits Mrs. Jessel, an old woman who lies in cerebral coma, by herself, in her large desolate house. Learning by accident that Mrs. Jessel, a former dance teacher of repute, supposedly possesses a treasure somewhere in the house, Lucie and her friends William and Ben decide to search the house in the hope of finding it. At night, they get into the house, which reveals itself to be increasingly peculiar. Their hunt for Mrs. Jessel's treasure leads them into a horrifying supernatural series of events that will change Lucy forever...
Note: Given the nature of the film, spoilers
This film provides examples of the following tropes:
- And I Must Scream - Anna is stuck for years in a statue-like state. It's unclear how conscious she actually is.
- The Cameo - Béatrice Dalle, the star of Inside, has a brief cameo as Lucie's dead mother.
- Chekhov's Gun - Lucie's heterochromia.
- The scissors seen early on also play a somewhat significant role later.
- Clockwork Creature - A flashback shows that Jessel implanted some sort of clockwork device in her daughter's back.
- Creepy Child - In spades.
- Dead Guy On Display - What appears to be Anna's initial fate. Except she's Not Quite Dead.
- Doing It for the Art - The film was originally going to have a bigger budget, be shot in the United Kingdom and spoken in English. When Maury and Bustillo's creative sensibilities were compromised, they moved to a much lower-budget French production.
- Eye Scream - Anna and later Lucie have their eyes stapled shut.
- Grand Theft Me - Mrs. Jessel's plan is for Lucie and her daughter to switch bodies.
- No Export for You - The Weinstein Company holds the rights but has yet to release the film in America.
- Nothing Is Scarier - Much of the film prior to the third act follows this.
- Our Vampires Are Different - They need blood and can't stand the sunlight but besides that everything seems to be up for grabs. For example, Mrs. Jessel has aged considerably.
- The Renfield - Mrs. Wilson appears to be this, procuring young children and killing them for blood for Mrs. Jessel.
- Rule of Scary - Much of the film follows this.
- Shout-Out - To Suspiria, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, among others.
- Taxidermy Terror - In addition to the usual stuffed heads on the walls, there also creepy dolls with animal heads that seem to have a life on their own.
- Would Hurt a Child - Mrs. Jessel, Mrs. Wilson and Anna fall under this.