For those of you who are not from the Great British Isles, the term ‘inbred’ here in the United Kingdom is often used by city dwellers. They use it to unfairly refer to groups of country folk, living in the middle of nowhere far from cities, outsiders and, by the smell of them… soap.
American’s may call them rednecks, but we prefer yokels or country bumpkins. Stereotypically these people are portrayed as coming from Yorkshire, wearing straw hats, saying ‘ohh arr’, drinking cider and having a disturbingly strong affinity with their farm animals.
As politically incorrect as the above paragraphs are, Alex Chandon’s Brit, hick-filled horror goes far further, using every stereotype in the bigoted book and taking Inbred into the realms of gross-out gore and comedy horror while still remaining entertaining and slightly disturbing.
The film revolves around a fractured group of young offenders, who have been taken by their mentors Kate and Jeff (played with aplomb by Jo Hartley and James Doherty) to the remote Yorkshire village of Mortlake for some team building – a fate the kids fear is worse than death.
They soon find out how wrong they are, as a minor incident with some local’s escalates into a full on, demented, rural roller coaster ride of rage and blood soaked strangeness.
Writer and director Alex Chandon whose previous work includes the brilliantly named Pervirella is no stranger to sick horror. And Inbred is a gross out journey into the warped ways of country folk played for humour as much as horror all the way through.
Un-PC and full of gruesome and unusual torture, this bad taste British horror surprisingly also has depth and some great performances by the English cast. Not only from the unlikely heroes Hartley and Doherty but from the urban youths who manage to keep their characters on the right side of cliché while still being strangely likable in the same way Attack the Block did.
The inbred’s themselves are also excellent especially Seamus O’Neill as the local landlord Jim who takes the lead both in the community and in the persecution of the outsiders. The rest of the barmy blood thirsty bumpkins are bucked toothed, ferret keeping weirdo’s all strange and scary and exactly as you would expect them to be.
With some excellent low budget but high impact effects a solid story and script which is well acted Inbred is a welcome and original English twist on a sub genre of horror over populated by terrible American Hicksploitation films like The Hills Have Eyes, Wrong Turn and Red Canyon.
Receiving its world premiere at this year’s FrightFest where the audience absolutely loved it Inbred is very British with tons of gore some great laughs but enough true frights and nasty moments to make it well worth a watch even for those unfamiliar with the English eccentricities it excellently and excruciatingly parodies.