Baskin (2015 film)

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Baskin ("The Raid"), (2015 film)

Summary

Expanded from a 2013 short proof-of-concept film of the same name about five police officers who are called for backup to a remote and strange district where they find themselves at the mercy of an abominable cult....

Details

  • Release Date: 2015
  • Country/Language: Turkey, Turkish with English subtitles
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Thriller, Art/Surrealism
  • Setting: Modern Turkey or Ruritania
  • Runtime: 1 hr 37 min
  • Starring: Mehmet Cerrahoglu, Gorkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu
  • Director: Can Evrenol
  • Writer: Ogulcan Eren Akay, Can Evrenol
  • Producer/Production Co: Film Colony, Mo Film, XYZ Films
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • Short Film behind-the-scenes: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (equivalent to an R for Violence and gore, Profanity, violent Sexual Content, etc.)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

This film perhaps comes across a little bit like a Turkish cross between "The Horror at Red Hook" and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974 franchise), and Call of Cthulhu fans might be forgiven for interpreting "The Father" character, with his gleeful participation in abominable and primitive mystic rituals, as a Tcho-Tcho cult leader....

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Mr. Disgusting at Bloody Disgusting, (link) - "...No, Baskin isn't that trip to Hell we were all expecting, it's instead a slow-paced horror fairytale that you tell bad children at bedtime to scare them into being good.... At times it feels as if Evrenol is trying too hard to shock the audience, throwing so much oddity and obscurity it's hard to know if there's actual backstory to any of it...."


Synopsis

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Five police officers, caught somewhere between life and death following life-long brushes with the supernatural and an accident which plunges their police van into a river, are called for backup to an abandoned police station in remote and strange district referred to locally as "Hell", where they find themselves at the mercy of an abominable cannibal devil-cult led by a dwarf mystic, "The Father".


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • The film title "baskin" can translate to "raid", "capture", or "descent" - any of these translations are appropriate
  • A 2013 short "proof of concept" film called "Baskin" was also created by the same writer/director, and appears to be similar in content, story, and tone.


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