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Directed by Alexandre Bustillo
Julien Maury
Produced by Franck Ribiere
Rodolphe Guglielmi
Frederic Ovcaric
Teddy Percherancier
Written by Alexandre Bustillo
Starring Alysson Paradis
Béatrice Dalle
Distributed by La Fabrique de Films (France)
BR Films (France)
Dimension Extreme (US)
Release date(s) France June 13, 2007
United States April 15, 2008 (DVD)
Running time 82 min.
USA: 75 min. (R-rated cut)
Country  France
Language French

Inside (À l'intérieur) is a French horror film directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, staring Alysson Paradis and Béatrice Dalle. It was written by co-director Alexandre Bustillo, and is the first film from either director. It concerns the attack and home-invasion of a young pregnant woman by a mysterious stranger who seeks to take her unborn baby.



The film opens with a shot of a baby in utero with the mother's voice soothing it. The baby recoils as if struck. Expectant mother Sarah (Paradis) has been in a car accident, and her husband has been killed. Months later on Christmas Eve, Sarah is making final preparations for her delivery the following day. In light of her husband's death, Sarah is now moody and depressed.

That evening, a mysterious woman (Dalle) arrives at Sarah's door asking to use the telephone to call for help. Sarah lies that her husband is sleeping and she does not want to be disturbed, but the woman tells her that she knows that he is dead. When the visitor persists on coming in, Sarah, a professional photographer, attempts to take her photo through a window and telephones the police. When they arrive, the woman has already vanished. The police assure Sarah that she will be fine, but arrange to have a patrol car visit throughout the night.

Upon developing her photos, Sarah recognizes the woman in the background of an earlier photo that Sarah had taken, indicating she was stalking Sarah. Sarah telephones her employer, asking to have the photos enhanced.

As Sarah goes to bed, the woman arrives in the bedroom, awakening Sarah with scissors puncturing her navel. Sarah fights the visitor off and locks herself in the bathroom, where the woman tries to gain entry. The woman makes clear that her intentions are to take Sarah's child for herself.

Sarah's employer arrives, and later her mother, both unaware of the predicament that Sarah is in. Believing her to be the attacker, Sarah accidentally kills her mother. Her employer is later stabbed to death by the mysterious woman.

The police arrive to check up, and upon realizing what is going on, attempt to apprehend Sarah's assailant and are instead murdered.

A final confrontation ensues between Sarah and the woman, with both of them injuring each other via various household appliances. Sarah manages to gain the upper hand on her attacker and burns off half the woman's face with an aerosol container and cigarette. The woman flees, and upon being cornered by Sarah, reveals her identity; she was the other driver in Sarah's car accident and, being pregnant at the time, had suffered a miscarriage and lost her child. (Thus, the baby in utero at the beginning and the mother's voice at the beginning of the film was not Sarah's at all, but rather the woman's.)

The two are interrupted by the revival of one of the police officers; having been shot in close proximity by the woman with his riot gun, he survived the attack and was brain-damaged instead. In his current state of mind, he confuses Sarah with her attacker and brutally beats her with his club. The woman comes to Sarah's aid and kills the officer, but it is too late; Sarah has begun to give birth and the baby is stuck.

Desperate to save the child, the woman proceeds to perform an impromptu Caesarian section on Sarah with her scissors.

As the film ends, Sarah lies dead on the stairs drenched in blood while the woman, having been successful with her delivery, sits on a rocking chair and comforts the newborn child.[1]



Bloody Disgusting ranked the film twelfth in their list of the 'Top 20 Horror Films of the Decade', with the article saying "One of the most audacious, brutal, unrelenting horror films ever made, Inside is perhaps the crown jewel of the new wave of extreme French horror films."[2]


Both lead female actresses, Alysson Paradis and Béatrice Dalle, won the Carnet Jove Jury Award at the Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival.


The DVD label Dimension Extreme picked it up for a US release in 2008.


Jaume Balagueró, the director of REC, told Fangoria that he may be directing a remake in the future and that it would "accent the terror of the pregnancy situation more than the gore".[3]


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