[Toronto After Dark '12] Lonmonster’s Mini Review: ‘Inbred’ & ‘Crave’

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The seventh annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival began this week, bringing a lineup chock full of horror delights just in time for Halloween season. TAD might be one of the smaller genre festivals around, but its importance is undeniable in indie genre cinema.

Showing 20 films over the course of a week, the hometown Toronto crowd is treated to some of the year’s most anticipated horror films. My coverage below consists of mini-reviews for what I’ve seen thus far.

Inbred

Inbred, directed by Alex Chandon, is a British splatstick comedy that explores deranged country hillbillies and all their violent tendencies. The film follows a group of troubled youth and their caretakers who venture into a town full of inbred hicks for a bonding weekend. Unfortunately, the hicks don’t take too kindly to new folk. The film is loaded with crude humor, fecal matter, gore, and snaggletoothed grins.

While there’s much potential behind the idea of troubled city kids fighting off a group of inbred country locals, it’s all lost in a lack of effort to offer any sort of characterization. Instead what you get is a frustrating plot packed with obscenely gory kills. Inbred delivers on the laugh factor, but the city kids react so nonsensically in almost every situation they’re faced with. SPOILER One of the kids is a self-proclaimed professional arsonist, but when it comes time for him to shine, he doesn’t notice that the liquor he’s about to set fire to is actually water. One would think a troubled British city kid who was sent to juvy for burning down his school would know the taste of alcohol.

Inbred has its charms, particularly the quirky the horror pastiche on racism and minstrel shows. The kills are fun, and the inbred copy of Leatherface makes this film worth a watch alone. But it’s void of any emotion and plot, making Inbred ultimately pointless.

2/5 Skulls

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Crave

Crave is a thriller comedy mashup up flick that manages to play on every genre you could imagine, yet it’s like nothing I’ve seen before. Aiden, a crime scene photojournalist, is overtaken by delusions of grandeur as he attempts to cope with his growing hatred for humanity. Sick of being a gutless loser, Aiden takes it upon himself to make the world, or his world, a better place. This comes in the form of a gun, a detective (Ron Perlman), and a new girlfriend who is way out of his league. Charles de Lauzirika delivers an exceptional flick with the help of lead actor Josh Lawson who combines the tragedy of Travis Bickle with the antics of Larry David.

While Crave starts off rather slowly, de Lauzirikia shows poise by not rushing into heavy action. Aiden’s character is constructed, making his mental deterioration all the more amusing. Aiden is an awkward, disturbed, single 35-year-old dude who doesn’t notice his own cries for help. Crave has many aspects of a twisted romantic comedy that some may find a bit too sugary, but the breaking of the 4th wall and Aiden’s violent daydreams create an enjoyable absurdity.

I’m shocked this flick isn’t making more of a splash on the indie scene. It’s simply a great film with captivating on-screen performances from Josh Lawson and Ron Perlman. The cinematography is gorgeous, helping to make Aiden’s sad situation feel all the more whimsical. Unlike many films that deal with a delusional protagonist that end in tragedy, Crave manages to leave you feeling oddly uplifted.

4/5 Skulls

 
  • cryocore

    I have not seen Crave, but you fucked up a bit. Knowing some chavs irl I can safely say thats EXACTLY how they act.
    As for your mixing booze for water comment you’re just completely wrong. It WASNT water it was cheap watered down vodka as he CLEARLY stated. So yeah it smells like vodka.
    The movie is dumb gory fun. 3 out of 5. Please get your facts straight before commenting. Brits and everyone not from the U.S will find a lot of fun here. Yanks might struggle with the accents, but they’re great.

    • Lonmonster

      Watered down Vodka, he’d still know the difference when he tasted it, he didn’t just smell it. Also, I’m not American.

      • cryocore

        Yeah I meant to add taste as well.
        Cheap watered down Vodka uses the nastiest gutrott around, so no a chav wouldnt have a fkn clue it wasnt the real stuff. It still tastes like alcohol, nasty vile shit alcohol, but for anyone who hasn’t drunk good vodka, or a kid who is only interested in getting pissed and doesnt appreciate the taste of good booze the mistake is easy to make. We have some cheap shit called 50.50 its 50% water 50% vodka, and it just tastes like cheap nasty vodka, we use it for jelly shots.

        So your example is wrong, your assertion it was water is COMPLETELY wrong. Not liking the movie is one thing, but using an incorrect example of a so called “nonsensical” act as a partial defense of your score is idiotic. It wasn’t nonsensical it was perfectly reasonable.

        You might still rate the film a 2, but if you can’t even get a simple thing like this right, how is anyone supposed to take your review even remotely seriously?

  • Boonraiser

    I definitely agree with the 2/5 on Inbred. There were a lot of people laughing around me in the theatre but I found it pretty flat in that sense. The kills were fun and inventive, but that was all the film had going for it. As soon as shit started going down, the city kids and social workers became extremely annoying. I just wanted them dead. Also, there was a warning for the films gore which wasn’t necessary. The tone of the film really pushed back the violence and plus, I didn’t care for any of the characters. I kind of felt like apologizing to my buddy for taking him.