This independent horror film begins with a series of statistics about the number of people who disappear each year and the number of murders that are witnessed but never reported. For example, 2,500 people are reported missing everyday in America an 27% of these are never explained. These statistics are over shots of Dublin at night, in which we see posters for missing girls, dark buildings, and audio of a radio host telling a creepy story about missing people.
The story begins with a bearded guy getting a video camera at a pawnshop. He looks at the footage that's already on it, which is a blonde and brunette woman wishing someone a happy birthday. They end up celebrating in an abandoned warehouse with her boyfriend. The party comes to a halt when a trio of psychotic homeless men break in and want to do a little more than partying with the women. The boyfriend tries to ward them off with a bat but they are holding the girls hostage and he ends up giving them the weapon, which they beat him to death with. They rape one woman and shoot her up with drugs. Women are screaming, the men are laughing, and it's implied they are all raped. It's brutal and is seen, mostly off camera, through the home video camera. Later, the lights go out and, when everyone seems to be asleep, they take the camera because it has a built-in light--and the explore the building they are in. They not only find out that they are locked in--but the corpse of one of their friends with her eyes gouged out--and that they are locked in with something that's far more terrifying and dangerous than the homeless guys--something demonic.
THE INSIDE begins with the LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT/I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE scenario, then transforms into something along the lines of BLAIR WITCH, with the victims encountering real, physical danger at first, then a supernatural terror. The location itself adds a great deal to the overall atmosphere, particularly the underground crypt-like rooms. Mostly, I was impressed that this was written, shot, directed and acted in by the same guy (Eoin Macken, star of the TV show THE NIGHT SHIFT). The movie works on several different levels and is a great example, like THE WILLOWS, of how a "found footage" horror flick should be. The POV of the camera here adds a sense of realism which the majority of those style of movies lack. THE INSIDE is also a prime example of a well done independent horror film. Highly recommended.