Sunday 25 December 2011

DVD review: Insane (2010)

It's night and a car driving through the desolate landscape. Behind the wheel sits Sarah (Johanna Leamo). A young woman in search of his sister Jenny (Alida Morberg), who had been missing for two weeks. After a long search, she decides to spend the night at the next place she has to visit. Shortly thereafter, a sign pops up that says this is "The Bridgeburn Hotel." She turns to and received by the mysterious but kindly proprietor David (Lars Bethke). He states that he has unfortunately not seen her sister Sarah but offers her a room for the night. But Sarah feel that there is something not right and begins to explore the hotel a little more closely. The closer she gets the truth, the more she begins to regret that she ever put up at The Bridgeburn Hotel. The plot is decent but as most of you have realized by now it is very similar to of Hitchcock´s masterpiece Psycho.
Insane is directed by Anders Jacobsson and Tomas Sandquist, they have also received credit as being two of the the five screen writers involved. The level of the acting is mostly below average, only Lars Bethke is good in this film but this being a independent flick you should not have too high expectations on the actors/actresses. The setting and the camera work is good. The soundtrack isn´t very good in my opinion. The pacing is, after a strong start, pretty slow and the film is at times teetering on the verge of becoming boring. There is some blood and gore, the special fx are ok but nothing spectacular except for one scene.
The review is based on the DVD released by Sick Films, it has english audio, swedish, danish, finnish, norweigan and english subtitles are available.
Rating: 3 out of 7. Hitchcock´s Psycho obviously served as huge inspiration for Insane, it's a very predictable but a pretty entertaining film for the moment.


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