Magazine article Screen International

Inbred

Magazine article Screen International

Inbred

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Dir: Alex Chandon UK. 2011. 90mins

A return to feature films from trashsploitation auteur Alex Chandon, a full decade after his anthology film Cradle Of Fear, this is a transplantation of the mode of H.G. Lewis's (already remade) gore movie classic Two Thousand Maniacs! from the Deep South of the US to the Far North of England. It follows several other British 'weekend break' horrors (indeed, it seems to owe something to Peter Stanley-White's little-seen Small Town Folk) and even reuses the recent commonplace (Wilderness, Wild Country) of pitting inner-city troubled kids and well-intentioned social workers against rural savagery.

Chandon is a good-humoured slosher of splat, but uninterested in such refinements as character, plot, subtlety or the possibility of anyone surviving this night of horrors.

Genially gruesome, if hackneyed, Inbred played to an enthusiastic crowd at the UK's recent horror-loving FrightFest but its lack of sympathetic protagonists and tendency to one-damn-thing-after-another plotting might prevent it from crossing over to become the splatter film version of The Inbetweeners Movie.

Earnest liberal feeb Jeff (James Doherty) and ballsier female care worker Kate (Jo Hartley, the only player here to attempt anything like acting) are in charge of an undercharacterised, mostly unpleasant group of doomed London kids (a hooligan, a pyromaniac, etc) driven to remotest Yorkshire to renovate an old cottage and reclaim copper wire from decommissioned trains.

In The Filthy Hole pub, landlord Jim (Seamus O'Neill - like Hartley, a Shane Meadows regular) serves up ominous 'scratchings' and the (inbred) locals leer at the 'outsiders'. Straw Dogs-ish skirmishes between town and country escalate, but suspense is abandoned when the newcomers are captured and sentenced to take part in the 'shows' which Jim, in vaudeville-style blackface, presides over. …

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