Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bad Scene, Awesome Movie - Inside

We've taken a look at some awesome scenes in otherwise shitty movies in the past (hit the sidebar on your right for those), but every so often it goes the other way too. Sometimes, in a really awesome movie, there's one scene that just sticks out like a shitty sore thumb. Sometimes, that one scene is even so bad that, no matter how small, it detracts from the otherwise awesome movie as a whole. High Tension's twist ending, anyone?! Or how about this scene from the French gore-fest Inside .....

To set up a bit, 10 minutes prior, this cop was shot point blank directly in the temple with some kind of gun. He then reappears, looking like this :



Did he become a fucking zombie or something!? I can see what they were trying to accomplish with this scene (the dude got shot with some kind of bean bag gun and it blew his eyes out and rendered him brain dead and he turned the lights on because he didn't realize he was blind but then when they went on he realized and he freaked out and attacked the first person he saw because he had no idea who it was), but any way you cut it it's just silly and does not fit the tone of the movie at all. It's an otherwise realistic and non laugh worthy movie and this scene totally took me out of the movie and I couldn't help but laugh at it and wonder what they were thinking. I guess sometimes an idea is just better on paper ....

I've since come to look past this scene and enjoy the awesomeness of the movie but I gotta say, it really prevented me from fully liking it for a while. To think that one minor little shit scene that lasts less than a minute can almost ruin a whole movie!

As I said, this scene aside, Inside is a kickass blood soaked film that you should definetly check out if you haven't yet. Just know that the cop doesn't turn into a zombie as I initially thought he did! The filmmaker had good intentions, it just didn't come off well on screen. Definetly could have done without it!

Anyone else bugged by this scene?

6 comments:

Bar said...

This didn't bother me so much, but only because I'm such a shameless gore-hound. I guess it's a personal thing.

If this had happened in a moody, atmospheric film where the point was really to create a realistic sense of dread, this would have pissed me off to no end and possibly ruined the movie.

But for me, Inside is not about realism...I mean, come on, the first two cops die and then the third guy NEVER calls for back up? wtf? So as i said, not a realistic movie.

By the time the "zombie" scene happened, there was so much damn gore splashed around the place that I couldn't care less about the tone anymore. I was deeply in love with the film forever by that point.

5 scissors in the forehead out of 5!

Johnny said...

Ya I guess you're right, which is why I inevitably forgave the movie for this scene. It's a goddamn wild and bloody good time and it probably doesn't deserve my nitpicking. Doesn't excuse it from being a bad scene though!

Brian said...

When I read the title of this blog entry I was so sure what scene you were referring to. I was wrong. This scene didn't really bug me at all. In fact, I liked it. It was unexpected. The REAL shitty scene in this awful movie is when the main girl is having a nightmare and her baby comes out of her mouth. Not only was it not needed, but it featured the worst CGI ever.

Soap Magic said...

Even though I think Inside's one of the most scariest movies ever, I do hate this scene. The nightmare scene wasn't bad in my opinion. I mean, it was a short scene, unlike the zombie scene.

Johnny said...

Soap Magic! Love your blog and i'm glad to hear ya agree with me on this. The nightmare scene didn't bother me either.

-girl trouble said...

i dunno, people always bitch about the cop stuff in this movie. "why didn't he call for back up!!" being one of the main reasons. if you pay attention, they explain that there are riots going on the night all of this occurs, so back up? not an option. it also explains why the cop has the bean bag gun. it's a non lethal weapon for riot control. when he gets it shot at his face point blank, it blinds him, but, my guess here, lobotomizes him. after all, he got it square between the eyes.

i think inside is one of the most brilliant horror films. it takes lots of horror tropes, (like 'the final girl') and turns them on their head. the use of sound and structure is brilliant-- on some level *every* woman in the film is a mother, even the bitch nurse at the start of the film, and the whole thing is a metaphor for not just a woman's body, but the country of france and it's issues with immigration (that's why the riots are important. ;) )