Baskin Movie Review
Written by Steven Wood
Released by IFC Midnight
Directed by Can Evrenol
Written by Can Evrenol, Ogulcan Eren Akay, Cem Ozuduru and Ercin Sadikoglu
2015, 97 minutes, Not Rated
Released on March 25th, 2016
Muharrem Bayrak as Yavuz
Fatih Dokgoz as Apo
Gorkem Kasal as Arda
Ergun Kuyucu as Remzi
Mehmet Cerrahoglu as Baba / The Father
I wasn’t sure what to expect when putting Baskin on. The trailer doesn’t lend any tips to possible story, instead it shows clips of creepy scenery and violence. For about the first 30 minutes or so, we’re left wondering what exactly is going to happen, and when it will actually happen. Oddly enough, there is quite a bit of comedy thrown into the dialogue, and the characters seem to have great relationships with one another.
The plot for Baskin on its IMDB page is a bit misleading – unsuspecting cops go through a trap door to Hell. You read that and then see the trailer, you’d think that Hell was being taken literally in this case, similar to the great sci-fi/horror flick Event Horizon. But no, Hell isn’t literal, as all events take place in a real location with real people. Speaking of real people, the “bad guy” here is one of the scariest looking men I’ve ever seen, and I’m fairly certain he wasn’t wearing prosthetics.
The plot of Baskin is strange, and there really is no way of explaining what is actually happening... because we aren’t told or shown anything other than what we see on screen. This can be a good or a bad thing, depending on your taste. There are certain aspects which are meant to be interpreted in your own way, and I’d be getting into spoiler details if I continue.
If you can make it past the first 30 minutes, which admittedly is somewhat difficult, the payoff is amazing. The acting is very good all-around but where Baskin really shines in in the VFX department. There are some things shown up close without cutting away that I haven’t seen in anything other than the Japanese Guinea Pig series. If you don’t know what that is, don’t bother watching unless you have an iron stomach.
Baskin isn’t technically “scary”, however, more so very violent and very realistic. There are aspects of the supernatural, but the story never feels anything but grounded in reality. When watching, you can say to yourself that hey, this could actually happen to someone if they wander into the wrong place at the wrong time. There are a few moments, however, that make you question the “reality”, but I don’t want to get too much into that because something will be spoiled. But I will say that one scene at the end in particular may have you thinking you’ve seen this type of story before.
I’ve said before that foreign horror trumps North American stuff any day of the week, but why? The subject matter isn’t always something different than that of what we offer here in the states, but for some reason the people across the pond or even in South America have a different understanding of how to portray something scary, and I can appreciate that.
Baskin is one of those movies that may require a second or even third viewing, but that’s a good thing in this case.