Writer: Alex Chandon, Paul Shrimpton (Screenplay)
Starring: Jo Hartley, James Doherty, Seamus O’Neill, James Burrows, Terry Haywood, Nadine Mulkerrin
Plot: Four young offenders and their care workers visit the remote Yorkshire village of Mortlake, which prides on keeping itself to itself. A minor incident with locals rapidly escalates into a blood-soaked, deliriously warped nightmare.
Verdict: Really Disappointing
Story: Inbred starts by showing our four young offenders Tim (Burrows), Sam (Mulkerrin), Dwight (Waller) and Zeb (Haywood) along with their carers Kate (Hartley) and Jeff (Doherty) as the aim to the country for the weekend. We get the same old run down looking house with signs that the locals don’t take too kindly to strangers building up the tension.
When the group have a run in with the locals Jeff ends up getting hurt and we see the true nature of the locals who like to hunt down and put on shows where they torture and kill strangers. Can this group survive the weekend that is the question.
Inbred is a film that I feel starts well because it has the idea of six people in a world they wouldn’t be in and the tension between the locals comes off early on but things go from that to just plain torture porn. We watch the six people get picked off one by one and they don’t even manage to keep the idea of what they like doing together either. We have two people killed as a show but the rest are just killed to keep them quiet, how does this make sense? We have zero chance of these people surviving and over half the six you don’t think could even get a room alive let alone a village. This story just gets confused half way through leaving us wondering what really happened.
Jo Hartley: Kate is the more caring of the two carers who tries to work with the offenders rather than try to parent them. She gets more response from them and steps up when they are captured. Jo does an average job in this role and changes to easily in mentality.
James Doherty: Jeff is the over reactive carer who tries to boss the offenders around which doesn’t work because they already don’t go for anything authority say to them. He fails to connect to the kids and when he final does he finds himself paying the price. James does a solid enough job and gets a few laughs from his performance along with working well against Kate.
Seamus O’Neill: Jim is the leader of the village of sadistic inbreds who comes off very friendly and welcoming but when things don’t go his way he easily takes it out on the victims both or the village or locals who have let him down. Seamus tries to bring some colour to the character but just doesn’t spark that over top needed.
James Burrows, Terry Haywood, Nadine Mulkerrin and Chris Waller: Tim, Zeb, Sam and Dwight are the four young offenders who have to go on this trip they all have their pros and cons with Dwight being the asshole of the group, Zeb being the one who can get things done but follows Dwight and Tim and Sam have their own issues while teasing a romantic angle. The four all do an average job but look very much out of place in this role.
Support Cast: Inbred has a supporting cast that is the different characters in the locals which are all meant to look different in their own way.
Director Review: Alex Chandon – Alex tries to give us an interesting horror but ends up getting lost in the middle of the genres and not settling for one.
Comedy: Inbred has a very simple level of comedy which just comes from the style of the locals.
Horror: Inbred just ends up becoming torture porn by the end of the film.
Settings: Inbred is the only good thing about this film because it shows how extreme the isolated location works for horror.
Special Effects: Inbred has questionable effects because you can see the CGI feel to each kill.
Suggestion: Inbred is one to miss really it just doesn’t do enough for a true horror fan. (Miss It)
Best Part: Setting.
Worst Part: The rest
Funniest Scene: Local Ron trying to get into the show.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: Sadly it could have one.
Post Credits Scene: No
Similar Too: 2001 Maniacs
Oscar Chances: No
Budget: £1.25 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
Tagline: They came in peace… they left in pieces.
Overall: Torture porn that gets lost in hunting while wondering if it is a horror or a comedy