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The opening scene is ultrasound shots with a female voiceover. “My name is Jasmine. I’m three months pregnant. one Day someone said men are born with free equal rights. The world in which I live is the opposite. Who would want to be born to grow in the chaos and the hate? I’ve decided to spare him the worst.” A group of four young adults are on the lam amidst the chaos of some major rioting in France. It becomes neccessary for them to separate and the plan is that two of them will go ahead with the money and they will all meet at a motel somewhere near the Belgian border. The woman of the group is our pregnant Jasmine. Her brother has been shot and has died at the hospital and she is travelling with her ex-boyfriend and father of the unborn child. The duo with the cash have found lodgings and have texted the address to the not very happy parents to be. Things go from bad to a lot freaking worse when the duo arrive at the not very hospitable hostel. It’s one of those damn Nazi run hostel’s that Lonely Planet warned you about! This all happens very early in the film. They throw everything at you in this one. This is a literal garage sale of horror cliches. The whole twisted family that kills together stays together has been used again and again. It may appear that I am getting ready to pan the hell out of this production, but I’m not. I actually thought it was pretty spectacular.
When the action starts, and they don’t make you wait long, it is relentless. It does not let up for a second. A new horror awaits around every corner and when you think it couldn’t get more disturbing, outrageous or bizarre, it does. The family, whom may or may not be related by blood are a sight to behold. Not in the sense that they are hideous to look at though. Quite the opposite. It is the family matriarch that really steals the show. The nazi dad character is positively inspired! He is one of the most fascinating deviants I have happened upon in some time. It is a no holds barred violent gorefest. It isn’t all about the torture. As I mentioned previously, this film throws everything it can at the viewer. I don’t want to give away all the fun, but nazi’s and torture are just one part of the whole picture. There is something else living on the grounds and wait until you hear the explanation for that one! There is a friendly nod to the exploitation films of the 1970’s and a pretty major “how do you do” to a certain family living in Texas. There are a couple other “odes” if you will, but the director certainly does make them his own. I am not going to take too much away from him for that. I really feel that the overall picture came together pretty nicely despite the lease. The film lost some ground due to the “ouch factor”. Several characters in this film get up and walk away from some outrageous circumstances, but one scene in particular really stuck in my craw. I want some appropriate limping and bleeding that at least somewhat coincides with the sustained injuries. Minor details really. This is a fun little piece of horror insanity! Recommended.
Dungeon Rating: 3.5/5
Directed By: Xavier Gens
Starring: Karina Testa, Aurélien Wiik, Patrick Ligardes, David Saracino, Maud Forget, Samuel Le Bihan, Chems Dahmani, Amélie Daure, Estelle Lefébure, Rosine Favey, Adel Bencherif, Joël Lefrançois and Jean-Pierre Jorris