Blu-ray Review: THEY’RE INSIDE

THEY’RE INSIDE was directed by John-Paul Panelli, who co-wrote the screenplay with Schuyler Brumley and stars Karli Hall, Amanda Kathleen Ward, Jake Ferree, Sascha Ghafoor, Chelsea D. Miller with Alex Rinehart and Matthew Peschio delivering chilling performances as the killers. They’re Inside was produced by Derek Dennis Herbert and Andrew Barcello, the team behind the acclaimed documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story.

When two sisters go to an isolated cabin in the woods to film a passion project, family secrets start to get in the way… as do masked strangers filming a passion project of their own.

The movie follows this small group that uses this isolated cabin to film a movie – that’s the plan, anyway. It’s all going according to plan, kinda, but there’s a little dysfunction going on behind-the-scenes, especially with the director. I’ll leave it at that so let’s just say there’s a little uneasiness about her uncomfortable situation. Anyway, a mysterious young woman shows up out of nowhere and this is when things get good.

So, not only are these friends in the middle of their passion project but this mysterious woman and her husband are also making their own passion project and this unsuspecting group of friends are the stars. Once the masked couple fully introduces themselves, members of the group start dying. We’re talking vicious and cringe-worthy deaths, too. This couple has made a plan and targeted the group for execution but there’s a big twist to this story that you don’t see coming. Yes, I told you about the twist but I’m not telling you what it is!

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, They’re Inside ended up being an entertaining watch that fits in with fan favorites like The Strangers and You’re Next. We get plenty of movies about friends going to a cabin in the woods so that part of the movie isn’t very original but that’s pretty much the only flaw. The slow burn does a great job at setting up the suspense and there’s a lot of it brewing. I thought the cast did a great job with their characters but the two actors playing these masked killers kinda stole the show. There’s an unsettling vibe about them that’ll get under your skin. They’re Inside starts off as a slow burn thriller that builds the suspense as everything plays out and by the ends it turns into a blood-soaked slasher with a little shock factor to boot. The first half sets everything up and the second half delivers full-blown terror. And yes, there will be blood! Lots of it! So yeah, the old school special effects looked goretastic to the max. Get ready because as creepy as the cover art is for this release, the real horror is on the inside. Put this one on your watch list! They’re Inside is now available on Blu-ray.

Distributor: Epic Pictures and DREAD

Run Time: 83 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen / Region Free

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include two commentary tracks, four behind-the-scenes videos, two short films, trailer and two teasers.

  • Two Audio Commentaries: 
  1. Writer/Director John-Paul Panelli and co-writer Schuyler Brumley
  2. Filmmaker Commentary with Director John-Paul Panelli 
  • Behind The Scenes
  1. Aaron Mask Time Lapse – Shows how the FX crew fitted the actor with his mask. (00:29)
  2. Joanna Mask Time Lapse – Shows how the FX crew fitted the actress with her mask. (00:21)
  3. Original Ax Chop – A stunt video that shows the preparation that went into this shocking kill scene. (01:53)
  4. Alex Rinehart Audition – An audtion tape showing the actress deliver a scene a couple of different ways. (04:59)
  • Two Short Films
  1. LOOP – Deals with a couple’s broken relationship and how the two of them deal with it. There’s also a time traveling element to it. (05:00)
  2. Paranormal Ex-Tivity – A lonely man deals with his ghost of an ex in a humorous way just like it’s a normal relationship. He tries to move on but she won’t let him. (11:08)
  • Teaser Trailer (00:40)
  • Teaser 1 (01:10)
  • Teaser 2 (01:37)
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