Good horror films have always been tough to come by, just because the marketplace is littered with trash. Every once in a while, however, a horror movie strikes a chord and the foreign market is a great place to find hidden treasures. BASKIN is a new Turkish horror film, lengthened from a 2013 short film by the same creative team, and it's drawing comparisons to everything from Hellraiser to The Raid.
According to Nerdist (link below), this is a classic bait-and-switch horror film that starts out as one thing and ends up as something completely different. The trailer I've embedded here and the much gorier trailer posted over at Nerdist certainly indicate that this could indeed be something special...
A five-man unit of cops on night patrol get more than they bargain for when they arrive at a creepy backwater town in the middle of nowhere after a call comes over the radio for backup. Entering a derelict building, the seasoned tough guys and their rookie junior, who’s still haunted by a traumatic childhood dream, do the one thing you should never do in this kind of movie: they split up. They soon realize they’ve stumbled into a monstrous charnel house and descend into an ever-more nightmarish netherworld where grotesque, mind-wrenching horrors await them at every turn. This is one Baskin (that’s “police raid” to you non-Turkish speakers) that isn’t going to end well. But wait! Things aren’t what they seem in this truly disturbing, outrageously gory, and increasingly surreal film whose unpredictable narrative pulls the carpet from under your feet and keeps you guessing right up to the final moment. A wildly original whatsit that reconfirms Turkey as the breakout national cinema of the moment.
You may snicker at that last claim, but the Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee Mustang begs to differ. If this flick holds up, I'd say they've got a right to such a boast. We'll all find out when IFC Midnight, the distribution house behind 2014's sublimely good horror film The Babadook, releases this one in limited theaters and On Demand March 25.