Wow, I don't know where to start when it comes to this refreshing Turkish horror film. First off, Can Evrenol's perspective, angle, and vision for this film were extremely intense. I honestly was not prepared for what I experienced at the screening this week. I've read up on this film multiple times, however I still had no clue how delightfully atrocious it would be.
The film starts with cops running the night shift. On their way from getting something to eat, they receive a call for backup. When they arrive they notice something wrong on the scene. As they enter the building they enter hell itself. I cannot give more details regarding the film and the storyline without spoiling it completely. However, I can go into detail on how graphic and vile this film was, and how I felt as an audience member watching.
Baskin was a stomach-churning film filled with gore, mud, feces, and other disgusting unidentifiable objects. And the way it was shot was even more terrifying. The style choice of Evrenol was not only spot on, it was smart. Baskin could have easily turned out to be a torture porn film, which isn't what audiences are looking for these days. His way of shooting enhanced the terror and disgusted the audience without being too far fetched. I felt as if I were watching something I shouldn't be seeing in theaters. It was quite repulsive.
The cast was great and believable, but, there was not enough character development. Therefore, the audience didn't really care for them when it was time for their gruesome onscreen deaths. They were more objects on the screen than people we didn't want to see die. Also, there was a great opportunity with the mythology in this movie that I personally felt wasn't explored enough. I wanted to know why these certain men were called to their deaths. There had to be a reason. There was also a symbolism of frogs that was shown throughout the film. But it wasn't explained, and it wasn't a ploy just to confuse the audience because it was used several times.
My favorite performance out of the whole cast was Mehmet Cerrahoglu who played Father. He was absolutely chilling. Between his appearance, voice, and dialogue I was mesmerized. He's one of a kind and completely embodies the role. He's the showrunner and if it weren't for him, I wouldn't have had nightmares about this film.
As a whole, this film was beautifully disgusting. I'm glad I got to experience it in theaters and I think if you're a true horror fan you should as well. Check out the trailer below. And don't forget to catch Baskin in theaters March 25th!