Dir: Can Evrenol
Fantastic Fest 2015: Next Wave Award, Best Director.
Baskin (the title is, apparently, Turkish for police raid) follows a squad of suitably dysfunctional cops on a routine night call that takes them far from familiar roads.
Delving into surreal horror like a finger poking into an open- wound, Baskin’s dream-logic and shifting narrative emphasises brooding atmosphere, all-consuming darkness, and terrifying brutality, to nightmarish effect.
The film has an amazing effect as it jumps backwards and forwards in time showing the story from different angles of all hapless participants - something that helps with the film’s frenetic pace and off-balance story. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on the wild ride, Baskin ratchets up its power and atmosphere to an almost unbearable level...perfect for hard- core horror fans.
Baskin echoes such touchstones as Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond, Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, but it is very much its own work.
A charnel bloodied nightmarishly claustrophobic film, Baskin is not a movie recommended for the squeamish or faint of heart.
Screens with: Damage Control