Upon watching Inbred it’s possible to discern that each victim represents a different Jungian archetype – given their differing psychological traits. This is almost like a metaphor inspired by The Brothers Karamazov (I wish;) categorizing differing human personalities and the consequent alienation they face in tightly knit locations.
With some reluctance I went about viewing this for the second time (it’s pretty entertaining;) which speaks to the value of newfound media; as opposed to limiting oneself to classical films as many supposed connoisseurs do these days.
What’s commendable about a title I never thought be present on this page is just how long it takes for the film to get started, and the empathy they imbue into mostly dis-likable characters (at its onset, anyways); in comparison to the average horror movie. That might be what’s ingenious about it though, the depravity of the villains ends up making you root for the victims.
The way in which the subtitles are often incorrect is something humorous, even whilst watching it on streaming services. Another point Inbred makes is distinguishing between characters doing things of dubious morality and the people terrorizing them – as if intentionally conveying what really constitutes being a villain in the grand scheme of things.
How the location of origin the people going on the school trip is of a larger populous in comparison to the one they’re visiting likely was why they were completely stunned by the eventual torturous scenario; this is accomplished through it swiftly transitioning to scenes of extreme brutality.
Upon the onset of violence, the idea that people of slight criminality still harbor a sense of morality when faced with absolute degeneracy, with their ability to act as a unit being successfully accomplished upon being met with such a sinister situation; ironically enough.
The forty minute introduction to Inbred effectively endears the audience to characters that initially appear abrasive, with their prior transgressions having much less malicious intent that what they’re subjected to. The fact that the most likeable character is mostly mute says a lot…
There’s a swift transition into cultist absurdity similar to what occurs in Kill List; in terms of pacing. The film begs the question if smaller locations are societies for the most part, or cults?
Exhibitions of physical torture being inflicted on the victims is seemingly representative of the villain’s self-loathing (and the audience’s, which is the entire community,) as much as their situational delusion leads them to believe their beliefs are representative of the outside world.
The murderers featured completely isolate themselves from the outside world; voluntarily excising themselves from what’s considered normal; aiding their delusional perception that their outlandish behaviors are the norm.
Essentially, they’re exploiting the distance between themselves and external enforcement on a judiciary level. While Inbred can be regarded as sensational and exploitative, it begs the question of how many smaller locations go unacknowledged – and how demographics of the like aren’t often thoroughly evaluated.
The content featured in Inbred is so darkly satirical that one has to question what motive drove its creators to make such a scathing, personal social commentary addressing such a succinct location.
You could say that the film incorporates racial tropes in the chronology how the victims are subjugated to such torture, but sadly, this is more representative of reality than it is the ills of the movie industry where this particular piece is concerned. Besides, a whole location is being eyed with prejudicial lens throughout.
Thankfully, the gore presented in this film is more resonant of the ‘comedic’ violence that Ichi: The Killer definitively evaluated the difference between.
Rather than being a depraved and senseless film; the level of resistance those being tyrannically abused give adds to its entertainment value. Whilst Inbred is by no means taking itself seriously, this a sociologically harrowing feature.
It’s curious as to why it honed in upon one location, but one has to wonder how Texans in America feel following such a locale being used as a story device in so many horrors.
It’s like Withnail & I, but with psychopaths!