This movie is like if Eli Roth had decided to make a League of Gentlemen movie, and I fucking loved every second of it!
The film follows four young offenders, and two care workers – who travel to the Yorkshire village of Mortlake (no, really) to spend the weekend salvaging scrap metal.
Pretty shortly after their arrival – they have a run in with some local boys who were burning animals alive, and one care worker (Jeff) injures himself.
This is around about the time the movie decides to go completely batshit crazy, and introduce the concept of an entire village of people who go to watch human torture-laden variety shows, masturbate to Playboy magazines with photos of animal heads awkwardly glued over the models’ faces, and sit around eating maggots.
This may be one of the most fun horror films I’ve seen in quite a while, that wasn’t a full-blown comedy movie. Now, there are laughs – quite a few, in fact. But this film is clearly a horror, first and foremost.
I also really enjoyed how much it celebrated its Britishness. There is something about this grim, Yorkshire village that feels so much grimer, so much more bleak than the landscapes we see in American horror movies.
A quick side note- this is the first movie I have reviewed where I know people involved in the production. Granted, not the director or anyone high up in the production team – but two of the titular inbreds (see one of them below).
Myself pictured with Pam Vince, who played an inbred in the film. Also note Ed’s amazing photobombing skills. #FarmerSwag – original photograph by Oxyte*.
Cool points aside, no movie is perfect – and that goes double for the horror genre. Yeah, we’re talking tropes. Let’s reel ’em off:
The main characters are fucking idiots who constantly split up, can’t stop arguing in serious situations, and can’t tell if booze is flammable or not, based on the fucking scent.
Oh, and one of the social workers hides all the phones somewhere in the house for stuffy old fart reasons – including his own. Now, I’m not expecting him to predict that the entire town would try to kill them but, considering accidental injuries can and did occur, and the fact that there is an arsonist and former gang member amongst the group – maybe ditching their means of contact with the emergency services is a fucking stupid and irresponsible thing to do, as a fucking social worker.
So, yeah, stupidity is as big of a threat as the actual inbreds – but I have a slight inkling that clever storytelling wasn’t really what writer/director Alex Chandon had in mind when creating this particular gorefest. I think I may have gotten that impression around the time a teen’s stomach exploded after having the contents of a septic tank pumped into his mouth, causing shit to splash into the faces of a cheering crowd of inbreds, all wearing 3d glasses.
This movie was pure, dumb fun, and it was amazing. Check it out.