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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

[2.00/10] Insane (2010)

Insane (2010)

After the amazing and super-successful "Let the Right One In", which set the bar for Scandinavian horror very very high, everyone is expecting from Sweden to deliver a good horror flicks to say the least. Unfortunately, it turned out that Swedish filmmakers are neither as good nor as creative as their Norwegian fellas, when speaking of horror. Norway provided some truly great films of this genre, like "Cold Prey" and its sequel, "Dead Snow" and the upcoming moc-doc phenomenon "Troll Hunter", to name a few, while Sweden brought only one great film, "Let the Right One In", and some other pretty poor horror flicks, including the atrocious "Insane" - an extremely dull, completely amateurish and terribly-crafted slasher, that fails to deliver thrills, suspense and tolerable story. A lonely hotel by a lonely road. Sarah is lost, looking for somewhere to sleep. She’s come to the wrong place. A lonely hotel by a lonely road. Sarah is lost, Jenny is looking for her. She’s come to the right place. The Bridgeburn Hotel. The synopsis above tries hard to sound creepy, but instead it ends up quite silly, just like the movie itself. No need to comment on the script, as it is, well, lacking, just like everything else. All the characters in "Insane" are flat and one-dimensional, badly-portrayed by a bunch of amateurish actors, who perform stiffly and perform stiffly and speak in self-consciously stagy accents. Therefore, none of them deserve to be mentioned. The mysterious killer is wearing a gas mask, which is supposed to be creepy, but it's just rather uninteresting and pretty unoriginal. Putting his looks aside, the killer is surprisingly dull and un-scary, as are the death scenes themselves. Yes, they're gory and everything, but they're done with such a lack of inventiveness, that they quickly become boring to watch. The way predictable and quite ridiculous twist in the end, adds to the overall awfulness of "Insane", to make it probably the worst Scandinavian horror ever created. In terms of visuals, "Insane" is also a lackluster. Yes, the motel in the middle of nowhere is nicely-designed in the style of the 60s, and rather creepy, but that's about it. Dumb, tedious and horribly-executed, this Swedish slasher flick is nothing, but "insanely" terrible.


Unknown said...

I bet her car broke down. You know once a woman's car goes, it's all down the drain. We take leave of our senses and become helpless and stupid. Creepy dark places we would normally avoid compel us. We're further victimized by no cell service,though our phone was working perfectly right til that point. Proper clothes suddenly disappear. We end up wandering the road in shorts and a hoodie with nothing but a near-empty cutesy backpack, though we had tons of luggage and other stuff when we left. ;)

✗✗ said...

Awe that's too bad!! I really loved "Dead Snow" though! It starts out a bit dull but it really proves itself in the end. Have you seen the Finnish film "Rare Exports"? I have yet to see it but it looks pretty good.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Melissa, surprisingly it didn't, but the 'bad reception' thing was there :) Loved the irony in your comment! You're such a smart girl, and I always enjoy reading your comments/posts.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Nicole, I liked "Dead Snow" as well, but I wasn't crazy about it. If you haven't seen "Cold Prey" and its sequel, you should definitely check them out. "Cold Prey 3" hit Swedish theaters this October, but it's still not available on DVD.
Haven't seen "Rare Exports", but absolutely loved the trailer and I found this evil Santa idea quite original.