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A five-man unit of cops on night patrol get more than they bargain for when they arrive at a creepy backwater town in the middle of nowhere after a call comes over the radio for backup. Entering a derelict building, the seasoned tough guys and their rookie junior, whos still haunted by a traumatic childhood dream, do the one thing you should never do in this kind of movie: they split up. They soon realize theyve stumbled into a monstrous charnel house and descend into an ever-more nightmarish netherworld where grotesque, mind-wrenching horrors await them at every turn. But things arent what they seem in this truly disturbing, outrageously gory, and increasingly surreal film whose unpredictable narrative slippages pull the carpet from under your feet and keep you guessing right up to the final moment. A wildly original film that reconfirms Turkey as the breakout national cinema of the moment.
Original Short Film “Baskin”
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1. The term "baskin" basically means "police raid" in English. And that's how you can summarize the film: a group of cops get called to respond to some trouble, and accidentally find a religious cult right as the festivities are about to begin.
2. This is the first feature film for writer-director Can Evrenol, and it's a very impressive debut. Stylistically, the movie is similar to Lucio Fulci's work, or even the 2015 indie film It Follows. But thematically, the movie is like Clive Barker on acid. This movie is hard to watch, but it also hypnotizes you so that you can't turn away.
3. This is a super surreal film that doesn't answer any of the questions it raises - it's up to you to decipher it. You may find the key, or you may decide it's shallow and meaningless.
4. It doesn't matter whether the movie is dense or hollow, you're going along for the ride anyway. And while the first half of the movie doesn't seem to be going anywhere, the last half contains the most horrifyingly memorable depiction of a religious cult that I've ever seen.
5. There's an odd scene towards the beginning of the movie, where the five cops have a conversation about their weird sexual adventures, and then bully a young man. It's main effect seems to be to make you unable to root for the cops as they continue toward their danger, but there are some small ideas in their conversation that seem to connect to what they do later.
6. The editing style was a good match for the violence. This is an extremely brutal movie, with some imagery that is kind of terrifying. But the camera will show you about 90% of what's going on, and then shift to something else, so that your sense of horror is constantly rising, but you are never able to precisely define why.
7. The movie shifts back and forth between settings and times, eventually connecting them in a blood-soaked Twilight Zone loop. This keeps you psychologically unbalanced, which increases the effectiveness of the... unpleasantness.
8. There are details about the cult, and its message, that make me think it's not a coincidence that it was released in America on Good Friday. It's both an acknowledgment of the original origins of Easter, and an infernal inversion of Christian theology.
9. This movie is weird enough and obscure enough that it will probably never become anything more than a cult classic for hardcore horror fanboys. But this is a new - almost sacred - version of torture porn, and will satisfy a certain type of moviegoer. It also guarantees that we will see Can Evrenol again.
A brutal, hellish vision of the sort Clive Barker unleashed in Hellraiser, the film has very little logic here and not much of a story.
But it does have some of teh most disturbing, expressions of horror I've seen in a long time.
Clever, relentless and well-paced, it's effective.
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The Turkish word “baskin” means “[police] raid”
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